Having black mold in your home is unhealthy and can cause severe skin irritation and respiratory problems. Many people are allergic to mold and inhaling the spores can send them to the hospital. Mold remediation in stores, offices, or schools is best left to the pros. This also applies to household mold exceeding 10 square feet. The contractors you choose should have insurance and licenses for removing the mold and getting it out of your home as soon as possible.
Where and How to Start
To start mold needs a dark and damp place to grow and it needs oxygen and warmth for the fungus to grow. So, find out if you have a moisture problem. Find the leak and repair it as soon as possible. Once you find the source you can stop the mold from growing. Now you need to dry and clean the entire area. It is best to open windows and let the dry air inside. Use some industry-grade dehumidifiers. Make sure the entire area is completely dry.
Call the Experts and Use Preventive Measures
The only way to thoroughly remove mold and make sure it never comes back is by calling the professionals. Only they can do a proper inspection and get rid of the problem. Be sure and continue to check for damp spots. Check all of your downspouts and gutters to make sure nothing is blocked. Update your ventilation system in the problem areas around your home. As soon as you find a small spot of mold clean and dry out the area.
What Not To Do
- Do not put off calling the professionals. When left untreated mold can take over entire rooms in your home.
- Do not try DIY mold-removal solutions. They only take care of the symptoms not the root of the problem.
- Don’t use bleach because it will make the mold grow faster.
- Never use a fan to ventilate the room. If a spot is black mold, the fan will just spread the spoors even more quickly.
Those with immune suppression, asthma, or other respiratory problems are most at risk of feeling ill when exposed to black mold. It’s not likely that you’ll die from black mold poisoning. That said, you should act quickly if you find it in your home. Black mold is treatable, removable, and preventable when managed correctly so call the professionals!
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