Mold; it’s one of the most terrifying things for a home or business owner to hear and the potential issues it can cause inside a home or business. But what is it exactly and what are the symptoms of mold?
Black mold, the most common type of mold, normally grows in wet, humid, and out of sight areas that can go unnoticed for long periods of time. Though called “black”, the mold is actually a darker green and black color that can look slimy to the touch, if still around a water source, or powder-like if the water source is no longer running. The most common place to find this mold is inside the walls and ceilings of bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements.
How is Mold Removed?
If your property has a leak, excess humidity, flood, or poor ventilation, then mold has a good chance to start to grow. Mold assessment takes place first, and that involves identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in an area. It starts will visually examining the premises to determine the level of remediation necessary. A professional will do a complete visual inspection of all accessible areas of your home or business, and locate the potential water penetration or other problem. After that, the restoration process takes place. The restoration process can consists of fixing any damage that has happened with the infestation, whether that means repairing dry wall, reconstructing parts of rooms, or installing new carpet.
With any type of mold, you will need an experienced professional to help you through every step of the process. Only a processional will be ample to properly assess the problems that are causing it and prevent it form recurring. Professionals will be able to get into and check spaces that you didn’t know existed or are not available to the human eye, which is why an experts services is highly advised in any mold scenario.
Preventative Measures You Can Take
There are a few rules of thumb you can follow that can help you take preventative measures with mold:
Any leak that happens in your home or business should be fixed as soon as possible – this is the most common cause of mold buildup in the first place
• If there are any condensation-related issues, such as improper ventilation around windows and doors, those must be addressed
• Improving veneration throughout the affected areas of your home or business to promote proper air circulation between differing interior and exterior temperatures
• Ensuring your HVAC unit has been properly maintained to prevent future leaks or condensation
Only when a professional has inspected and reported the locations and severity of your mold problem, providing you with solutions to the infestation, can you know what you are actually up against. If left untreated, that constitutes a problem for you, your family, or your peers – and these problems must be addressed before they get worse.