Mold is something that almost every homeowner will have to encounter at some point in their tenure as homeowners, it’s an unfortunate but inevitable demon to face down. There are four main mold services that removal companies will provide for you: Inspection, Testing, Prevention and Remediation.
Inspection: Many mold removal companies will first conduct an inspection for mold before they remove it from your house. This is to ensure that they can perform the necessary scanning of the surface-area where the mold is growing, and any other areas in the house, where mold may be prone to growth. Companies will utilize thermal imaging devices, this allows them to track heat signatures given off by buildups of moisture which lead to mold spores forming.
Testing: Testing services are conducted by certified professionals who will use a forensic lab analysis of mold samples collected — after performing a very thorough interior and exterior inspection of your home, in all of the likely places where mold may grow or has grown and been spotted by a person within the household. They’ll take samples away to a lab for testing and then provide you with a report of their findings and make suggestions as to your next course of action. You should present this report to any removal company that you later call upon.
Prevention: Aside from inspecting and testing, mold removal companies also offer tips on mold prevention. While it is impossible for anyone to completely kill all mold inside your house — as bacterial particles exist almost everywhere — there are several things that you can do to minimize the risk of mold and mildew growing and spreading inside your home. Firstly, since the main element of mold growth is moisture, you should try and keep areas in your house well-ventilated at all times. You should also fix any leaks and wipe up any standing water immediately, so as to prevent the water seeping into the walls, or furniture — which can also cause mold growth in the fabric of the furniture. Open your windows in kitchens and bathrooms when showering or cooking to prevent dampness building up in those locations. Finally, alongside other prevention methods, you should ensure that any clothes-dryers are fully ventilated to the outdoors.
Remediation: This is where the tough part comes in — cleaning. Most mold growth that is caught early enough can be cleaned with hot, soapy water by the homeowner. Although if you discover black mold, or an extensive amount of mold growth, then you should really call in a trained professional to deal with it — as attempting to clean it yourself could be more dangerous than you think due to the harmful toxins found in mold spores. However, if you do decide to clean the mold yourself, you should perform the task using the proper safety equipment: N95 face mask, goggles, latex gloves. If you choose to use weak bleach, NEVER mix it with anything other than water — mixing with other chemicals can produce chlorine gas which is lethal in high concentrations.
Once you have cleaned the area, you should probably get it inspected by a trained professional to ensure that you’ve done a proper job. Give us a call for further advice.