First, let's go over a quick primer on what mold is. All molds are fungi, just like mushrooms and lichens, for example. The mold that is toxic to people is relatively uncommon in the fungi world, meaning most kinds aren't dangerous. However, some molds are dangerous, so any mold you find indoors must be cleaned up and completely removed.
Government experts recommend that you call a who repairs mold damage Bronson FL company for help if the mold growth takes up more than 3 square feet. This is because if you see mold, there is probably hidden mold trapped in drywall and crevices and elsewhere.
Before you contact mold removal services, the first step is to stop the mold from growing. Turn off any ventilation. Next, work to stop the moisture source that supplied the mold. For instance, make sure roof leaks are no longer flowing into your attic and restrict the flow of any water that has penetrated your basement. The next step is to contain the problem. You might block off the room with plastic sheeting, for instance.
Should you get a mold mitigation company to help or can you do it by yourself? Beyond considering the extent of the problem, consider any exacerbating health issues that make you susceptible to becoming sick.
Once you've selected a solution, there are important steps to take in either direction. If you're going at it alone, start with gathering proper safety gear and cleaning supplies. You'll need non-ventilated goggles, coveralls that are easy to launder and that cover your arms and legs, a mold-safe mask and mold-approved gloves that reach at least to your forearms. You should also get dedicated sponges and a disposable tarp or two that can help catch mold spores as you remove them. Experts agree that you should avoid leaving moldy and unpainted drywall anywhere because it can't be cleaned thoroughly. A note on cleaning with bleach: Skip it. Any bleach is less effective than other alternatives and often doesn't kill mold. Bleach-based cleaners is bad to breathe, particularly if it's ever mixed with ammonia, a common ingredient in many household cleaners . You can get better alternatives at most big box stores.
If you're worried enough about mold damage to do online research, you need a professional mold removal service. For example, don't select a mitigation service focused in humid climates.
Before you select anyone, check that they are certified properly and that they are approved by trade organizations such as the Contractor Connection, Restoration Industry Association and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. You might also make sure the company knows and follows federal mold cleanup recommendations whether your mold is in a business or a residence.
You need to mitigate any mold you find to stop further toxicity risk, and do it right away. If not, harmful mold will keep eating on your home or business and can destroy your possessions. Some molds, those that release toxic spores, can also cause major health risks ranging from brain damage. Mycotoxins can be particularly dangerous for infants, children, and anyone with a compromised immune system .
The safest way to solve your mold growth is to get professional mold damage cleanup assistance. Don't delay.