Mold. It’s not pretty. And certain kinds can even be dangerous to people and pets when present in your home.
The most prevalent breeding grounds for mold are sheetrock, and ceiling tiles and furniture. These items all contain fibers that provide an excellent supply of nutrients for mold. If your furniture is sitting on a damp floor, it can become a breeding ground for mold. Ceiling tiles and sheetrock can easily grow mold after becoming moist from a leaky pipe or a flooded house after a hurricane, tropical storm, heavy rains or burst water main. An excessive amount of condensation and humidity in a house can cause mold as well.
The presence of some types of mold can cause huge health problems for you and your family. This is because mold is known to be responsible for various health hazards and certain types of mold may even be responsible for the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). They can also cause infections, allergies, aggravate breathing problems, and even poison you. Some people have had to completely renovate their homes, or even abandon their homes, because of a particularly bad infestation.
When we talk about mold remediation, we are actually talking about mold clean-up.
Sometimes, mold removal can be done on your own, especially if the area is less than 3 feet by 3 feet or so (according to the EPA). However, if you are dealing with a large area, or if you think there may be mold lurking in areas you cannot access, you need to call in professional help, such as ServiceMaster Fire, Water and Mold Restoration in Eustis, Florida.
A mold removal expert such as ServiceMaster will first identify and contain the moldy area and add ventilation. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices such as air scrubbers is then used to make sure that mold spores which are disturbed and become airborne are not spread to other areas. The next step involves cleaning and disinfecting and includes the disposal of all mold-infected materials. After the cleaning and disinfecting, they then apply a special mold-killing solution. They will also address any moisture or humidity concerns before applying an encapsulant (to seal and prevent future outbreaks).
If you fear that your house has mold and you aren’t sure what to do about it, contact a mold remediation expert. If you’re in the Eustis, Florida, area, contact ServiceMaster Fire Water and Mold Restoration at 352-308-3131.