Mold Damage, What To Do?
Mold and mildew are naturally occurring and are everywhere in our environment. When the amount of mold in our homes exceeds what is normal, we tend to take notice. Regardless of its health effects, none of us want excessive mold in our homes. Mold needs moisture to grow, and if you've discovered a mold problem, the first step is to find the moisture source. Routine homeowner maintenance is crucial to avoiding the buildup of moisture in your home. Proper ventilation and insulation are key components of preventing moisture buildup and mold growth.
At Paul Davis Restoration, we require all of our contractors to be certified by either the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in mold removal (applied microbial remediation) or the Association of Cleaning and Restoration (ASCR) as a certified mold professional. We consult with certified hygienists to determine the extent of the mold infiltration and remediation procedures. We have the expertise and experience to contain and remove mold from your home, and restore it back to its original condition. And, you can be assured that mold problems have been properly addressed because after we have completed the work, we use clearance tests to verify that the job was done right.
What can you do?
What do you do if you suspect that you have a mold problem? Here are some important things for you to know and steps you can take to find out more.
- Mold growth requires a wet environment, and it usually grows in the home as a consequence of improperly controlled water damage.
- Many molds may require a high level of moisture during initial growth, but when mature, survive and reproduce indefinitely at much lower moisture levels, sometimes as low as standard indoor humidity levels.
- Mold growth can be effectively prevented only by quick and efficient drying, which removes the moisture necessary for initial mold growth before it can get a foothold.
- If you suspect mold, contact an experienced contractor certified in mold remediation.
You want your home back to the condition it was in prior to the mold damage. At Paul Davis, we know just how to do that.
How can you help?
You've discovered mold in your home, but you're on the right track to finding out what your next step should be. Here are some things you should know to face your mold claim with confidence.
- Moisture control is the key to mold control.
- Locate the source of moisture. It may be due to improper or inadequate ventilation.
- If the source is running water, turn off the water to the structure.
- Keep gutters clear so water doesn't collect.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the structure so water won't pool or seep into the foundation.
- Keep indoor humidity low, so condensation does not occur.
- Fix leaks promptly.
- Do not store excess materials as they may, over time, attract moisture and contribute to mold growth.
- Make sure areas like the bathroom have fans to help with ventilation.
- If you have a clothes dryer, make sure it vents to the outside.
- Clean drip pans from the refrigerator and air conditioner often.
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