Mold Removal Troubles
Two words that a homeowner never wants to hear is mold removal. But because of the health issues, it can cause and that it can weaken the structure inside the home, once you have discovered mold, removal is a must. But where does mold come from anyway?
After a few days of humid and/or rainy weather, it isn’t uncommon for a homeowner to see mold in their home. It begins to grow on all types of surfaces, from benches, decks, sidewalks, walls, and other surfaces, including rooftops. This is common in coastal areas where the air is humidity is high. Since the coast or any areas with water have higher humidity and moisture, mold is a recurring problem.
When a home doesn’t have proper ventilation, the moisture will evaporate into the air, increasing the humidity. This is aggravated by hanging clothes to dry indoors and by the HVAC system as it cools or heats your home. Mold will build up inside the vents of the HVAC system, and if you don’t have a mold removal service performed, it only spreads throughout your house each time the system cuts on.
Is it safe to stay in a house with mold?
Absolutely not! If mold removal service can’t happen right away, then the best thing is to leave the property until it has been removed. Mold is an unassuming microscopic organism and when there are large quantities present, it becomes a health hazard. Some people experience burning eyes, headaches, and have difficulty breathing. It has been known to cause skin irritations, memory loss, and even nervous system disorders have been linked to mold exposure.
Mold can also cause structural damage, especially in a home that has been exposed to flooding. If flood water is left in a house for twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the mold will keep growing and spreading until mold removal service has been performed. There are many ways that mold is removed, with one being a mold removal fogger. You should ask about this method while calling around for mold removal estimates, and have each process explained to you.
Is mold an emergency?
It can be for any with chronic lung disease or a weakened immune system. For example, mold infection can develop in the lungs of a person with obstructive lung disease. For any family that has any of these health issues, or any health issue and have been exposed to mold should contact their medical professional immediately. They should not return until a complete until mold removal service has been performed and the area is tested again.
Can you clean up mold yourself?
A major infestation of mold can be dangerous for health and home. By knowing the best process to clean up mold, you can minimize the dangers. Use a mask and rubber gloves, being careful not to inhale the mold spores or the cleaning products and use the following process:
The Bleach Method
It is conventional wisdom that has taught us mold growth can be killed by bleach. However, what that wisdom doesn’t tell us is that it only kills the surface, not the membrane underneath that spreads the mold. Mold removal is more effective when you clean the surface and down underneath too. If the area that has mold growth is very big and a non-porous surface, bleach will make the mold multiply because bleach is a food source for the mold.
The Vinegar Method
To be effective in cleaning up mold, use white distilled vinegar. It has proven to kill more than 80% of mold species that are commonly found in homes. It is a mild acid, and not only will it clean up the mold, but it prevents mold growth as a mold removal product.
Can I remove black mold myself?
There are very few homes that never get mold, many homeowners may never be aware of having mold. But if it is discovered and has not spread deeply, it can be removed by the homeowner instead of a mold removal service company.
Mold removal can be done by scrubbing the surface where the mold is found, typically in bathrooms, and decks, sidewalks, or siding. With a mixture of 1-part bleach to 8 parts water or a mold cleaning solution, using a spray bottle, cover the molded area. Because mold can grow and spread to areas that you can’t see, check for mushy drywall. There may be more to mold removal than this handmade solution.
If the mold is in a larger concentration and covers more than a square foot or two, or you still smell a musty odor after the above step for mold removal has been done, special precautions should be taken so that you can avoid spreading the contamination. As you attempt this mold removal, take precaution to keep from breathing in any high concentration of the mold or the cleaner mixture.
Does homeowners insurance cover mold?
Typically, home insurance policies do not mold when are the results of a water leak that could have been prevented. Insurance companies feel that a homeowner should take proper maintenance steps that will prevent water leak issues that lead to mold. They do not pay for mold caused by flooding or high humidity either. Therefore, a homeowner that is in a flood-prone area should purchase a flood policy in addition to their homeowner policy. What home insurance policies do cover regarding mold damage and mold removal are referred to as a covered peril such as any of the following:
- Lightning strikes
- Malicious mischief or vandalism
- Damage by vehicles
- Robbery or theft
- Objects fell onto a house
- Damage by ice, sleet, or snow weight
- Accidental discharge/overflow of water from an air conditioner, heating, plumbing, sprinkler systems, or appliances
- Frozen pipes that have busted
If you suspect there is mold in your home, you can purchase a home mold testing kit in our local big box stores. If the test shows positive, contact a professional mold removal company. They will do more intense and thorough testing then advise what your next step should be. Mold and mold removal should not be taken lightly, no matter how little you find in your home. For mold removal in Wellington, FL, call Super Clean Property Rescue at (561) 570-3250 today!