Tips for Dealing with Mold in Your Home
Mold spores are just about everywhere. All they need is moisture to grow and proliferate. If you’re lucky, you can just wipe mold and mildew away with a sponge (while wearing gloves and a mask, of course), but the problem isn’t always visible. There may be no obvious signs, except for a musty odor. Water damage will surely lead to a mold problem, but protect indoor air quality and your health by quickly cleaning up or hiring a professional mold removal or water damage service.
What Is Mold?
What we call mold is a type of fungus. It’s in the same category of organisms as yeasts and mushrooms. Made up of multicellular filaments, mold thrives in moist, humid conditions, which is why mold removal jobs often include fixing leaky roofs, washing machines, drywall, etc. While mold spores do the reproducing and rapid spreading, the enzymes in these microscopic organisms digest and decompose organic material, the paper backing of drywall, carpet bonding glue, and even dust.
Ridding Your Home of Mold
Completely fixing the problem yourself is difficult, because mold can remain dormant even in dry conditions. There are two ways to approach the issue:
- Try to Eliminate the Mold Yourself.
Some people try bleach, but it can only slow them down, not kill mold spores. Cleaning solutions aren’t thorough enough to clean the interiors of contaminated materials, and paint only masks the problem. However, a fungicide spray can work, but only on the visible areas of mold you see. If an area larger than a bathroom corner is affected, consider hiring a mold cleaning professional.
- Choose Professional Mold Cleaning.
Professional mold removal services can find all sources of the problem, including HVAC ductwork, behind drywall, and in basement crawlspaces. Not only are professionals able to do a thorough assessment, companies like KIWI® Services are equipped to remove mold from wood, walls, moist windows, and other common mold breeding grounds, and they will protect their workers with goggles, respiratory masks, and gloves.
Containing the area to prevent further contamination, a mold removal professional will remove water-damaged, mold-infested materials; replace severely damaged drywall; and clean/disinfect carpets, furniture, and other affected areas. A professional is also able to provide services such as:
- Air conditioning system cleaning
- Water extraction
- Humidity control
- Contaminated waste disposal
- Repair of damaged furniture, floors, and walls
A thorough clean-up often isn’t enough because it doesn’t get to the source of the problem. Duct sealing, cement backer board for drywall, bathroom fans, and waterproofing for concrete basement walls help prevent future moisture entry. Re-grading yard soil to slope away from the house is effective. Calking windows and fixing leaky roof shingles is as well.1 Unless you’re an expert handyman, it’s best to leave these removal and preventative tasks to the professionals.
Mold removal can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars. The longer you wait, the higher the cost of repairing the damage.
Suspect mold in your home? Call KIWI® Services at 888-570-7814 today to get a quote and schedule a visit by a qualified professional.