Just about every home these days have mold. Having mold doesn’t really mean you have a problem, since you may have only a tiny of mold and this doesn’t pose any risk. The problem is when you have a high amount of mold in your home. It can make your home look ugly and smell bad, and it can cause allergic reactions especially among the young and older adults. If you can smell or see mold, this just means you need mold removal. But what does that really mean? To help you understand the whole removal process better.
Here are some facts you should know about:
- You don’t really need to spend money identifying the type of mold you have. There are 100,000 different types of mold, and they all have to be eliminated. These things are removed with the same methods and products, regardless of their type.
- Mold removal doesn’t involve cleaning up your whole house. There are basically 2 spots on which mold removal efforts are focused on. It’s on where the mold is growing, and where the water source the mold needs is coming from. The mold must be removed, and the water source must be eliminated.
- Mold and mold stains are usually cleaned using a type of antimicrobial cleaning agent. Why antimicrobial? That’s because molds are actually living organisms. They’re a kind of fungus.
- Many types of home building materials that have been contaminated by mold are usually just discarded. These materials include the baseboards, drywall, and the insulation. Most of the time, it’s virtually impossible to get rid of the contamination completely, and besides it’s not all that expensive to replace them anyway.
- Mold spores can also go airborne, which is why the focus isn’t just on the actual surface where the mold is growing. The air around the area of the mold is cleaned with the use of HEPA air scrubbers and air exchange. The contaminated air is pushed out of the home, and clean air is brought in to replace the contaminated air. HEPA air filters are often needed for air scrubbers and vacuum cleaners because mold spores are extremely tiny. The HEPA filters can work to capture these microscopic particles, but regular filters can’t.
- The best way to deal with mold is to seal off the contaminated area. This is usually done with plastic sheeting. The point is to keep the airborne mold from spreading all throughout the whole house.
- If you insist on dealing with the mold yourself, you need to make sure you’re wearing the proper safety gear. The probability that you don’t have this type of gear ready is another reason why it’s best to leave this job to the experts. At the very least, you need a premium-quality high-filtration facemask. Also, you should wear neoprene or vinyl gloves. In some cases when really harsh chemical cleaning agents are used, you need to protect yourself with a full-sized protection suit.
- You may also want to check your HVAC air ducts, and you probably need to have them cleaned as well. These ducts are great places for mold spores and dust to accumulate.
- Once the affected areas have been cleared of mold, often a pro will apply some type of sealer to the affected areas. This sealer can make these areas better able to resist mold and water damage. Also, this sealer tends to help in improving the odor. However, these sealers can make these areas more mold-resistant, but notmold-proof.
- Bleach isn’t really recommended for cleaning mold, since it can result in dangerous fumes.
If you have trouble about keeping these other 10 facts in mind, just remember one thing—if you seem to have a mold problem, just call for professionals to do the job. It’s the only way to make sure that the mold removal process is done properly.