You have likely come across a story of an unsuspecting homeowner finding mold growing in their home and embarking on the arduous journey of remediating the damage. Luckily, not every mold commonly found in homes is toxic, and there are very effective methods for removing it depending on the type of mold and the extent of damage.
This being said, if you suspect there is mold in your home, it is important to address it immediately.
Signs of Mold
- Visible discoloration or straining
- Musty odor
- Signs of a leak, such as dampness or water stains
- Chronic respiratory issues including eye irritation, congestion, sore throat, and lung irritation.
What to Do After Finding Mold
- Find the Source of Moisture: Sometimes, the source of moisture may be evident, such as a leaky sink. In this case, turn off the water to the area to prevent further damage. If possible, ventilate the area by opening a window or directing air outside the home to prevent more spores from continuing to spread.
- Remove Moldy Objects: Mold spores spread at a rapid rate. Removing mold-affected objects such as linens, furniture, or appliances can help improve the indoor air quality of your home. In some cases, mold-infested items must be disposed of. However, a content restoration company can utilize specialized technology to remove all traces of mold and restore the item. Most content restoration companies even provide packout services, meaning they will remove the items from your home and store them until the restoration is complete.
If you choose to remove moldy objects yourself, make sure to have proper protective gear.
When to Call a Professional
Several mold cleaning products are available on the market, allowing homeowners to remove small amounts of mold from certain spaces. However, if the mold covers a large area, is suspected to be toxic, or if you are new to the process, it is best to engage a professional to perform a mold inspection and determine the source of the mold. Mold removal professionals utilize different technologies to check for mold and leaks, such as moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and hydro-thermometers.
If the mold remediation company finds mold, they will likely tent off the area so that mold spores do not continue to spread. Depending on the extent of the mold, you may need to make different living arrangements until the mold is eradicated, especially if you have respiratory problems or a compromised immune system.
Mold is everywhere but can begin to pose a problem when it grows in large amounts in homes. Mold spores can cause respiratory problems and other illnesses, so it is essential to take prompt action if you suspect your home has mold. Luckily, there are many effective tactics for removing mold and impacted objects from a house. With the right people on your team, your home can be mold-free in no time.