How Do Professionals Remove Mold?

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When a disaster strikes your house, it almost always involves water somehow. If your roof or windows are damaged during a storm, that storm will likely bring rain with it. Flooding is a serious issue as well. Finally, pipes often leak or burst without you even knowing. All of those instances involve water. If you hire damage restoration experts instantly, they’ll likely remove the water and dry up your home. That will be the end of the damage. However, if water is allowed to sit for even a short amount of time, you will likely run into problems with mold. Mold is a pernicious and persistent problem.

Mold Problems

Mold can never be completely removed. The microscopic mold spores are present all over the world; they simply need somewhere to grow and multiply. To grow and multiply, mold spores need three things: they need darkness, moisture, and warmth. When you have a burst pipe or a flooded basement, there will be many spaces in your house that are now dark, moist, and warm. That’s especially a problem with basements, attics, and crawl spaces. If that happens, you might experience some mold issues.

Mold can cause health problems for you, your children, and your pets. The mold spores tend to become airborne and are easily inhaled throughout your day. Headaches, lack of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea are a few common signs of mold sickness.

Mold Removal

As previously stated, mold can become easily airborne. That makes it very difficult to remove mold in a  safe way. Also, mold is present nearly everywhere. So, if you disturb the mold, it will just spread to other parts of your house. Mold removal experts will typically cordon off different parts of the house to prevent the mold from spreading. They’ll tape off the room with the mold and remove it from the walls. They then use HEPA vacuums to vacuum up as many errant mold spores as they can. It’s basically the same process as removing mold.

In some cases, the damage restoration experts will actually decide not to remove the mold, but instead to arrest its development. If they use a heavy primer, especially an oil-based primer, it can kill the mold by cutting off any oxygen and moisture. They then might move to a remediation strategy. Remediation is a strategy for preventing this sort of thing from happening again. The experts might suggest channel drains for the driveway to prevent floods, new pipes, and so on.