One of the most overlooked areas in home improvement has to be mold remediation. Ask any homeowner if they have ever thought of calling in a mold professional and you will get blank faces. The fact that mold infects surfaces that are out of sight exacerbates this problem.
If your home has a basement, it is highly likely there is mold growth on the carpets and wood surfaces. In most cases, this problem is only identified when it is too late. The tell-tale signs for mold include musty odors and increased respiratory infections. If you have noticed these two, it is time to call in a mold contractor.
Risks of Mold Growth
While mold growth happens out of sight, the effects are felt far and wide. Mold affected surfaces in the basement for instance, will affect the health of your family. Mold spores are allergens and when they find their way to the upper house living spaces, your family will suffer increased respiratory problems.
According to the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) in a study done in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold causes a variety of respiratory problems including:
- Nasal congestion
- Lung infection
- Asthmatic attacks
- Throat, skin and eye irritation
- Upper respiratory tract infection
While these are not fatal conditions, they will increase your family’s medical bill. What’s more, you will have to deal with medical emergencies every now and then.
Dealing with Mold
It is crucial to note that while many companies advertise mold removal services what you should really look for is mold remediation. Mold removal just deals with the symptoms but remediation goes further. The steps involved in remediation include:
- Identification and location of mold growth: A professional mold expert has the tools and gear required to investigate mold growth. The extent of contamination is also calculated to determine how much work the project will require.
- Water source identification: Mold only grows where there is moisture presence and it is thus crucial to identify the water source and repair it first.
- Isolation of contaminated area: All doors and windows should be closed and any damaged materials should be removed and discarded.
- Cleaning and disinfection: This is where the bulk of mold remediation is and the contractor will use eco-friendly fungicide to clean the affected surface.
- Repairs: Any affected parts of what has been removed should be replaced with treated materials to avoid future mold growth.
- Testing and evaluation: A mold contractor follows up the process with tests to determine the area is fully mold free.
Talk to a qualified mold contractor today to protect both your family and structure from the effects of mold growth.