Mold Remediation

Mold is undesirable {in|from} the {home|{house|home }}. It darkens the corners of the {{bathroom|toilet }|{toilet|bathroom }}, stains the walls, {grows|{develops|grows }} in between tiles. {It’s|It is} a {very|really} unpleasant sight {{which|that }|that} feeds and rots damp wood. Mold can {{accumulate|collect }|collect} and {can|may} be {{hard|difficult }|tough} to {{remove|eliminate }|{eliminate|remove }} over time.

{Aside from|Besides} it {being|turned into} a disgusting sight, {different|distinct} {types|{kinds|types }} of {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} also cause respiratory {{diseases|ailments }|ailments} and is {generally|usually} bad for our health. Mold releases spores that can cause allergic reactions. These allergens may be {invisible|imperceptible} {to|into} the eye but {can|may} {cause|lead to} {{serious|severe }|significant} health {{problems|issues }|issues}. {Hiring|Selecting} {a professional|an expert} {may|could} be {{costly|expensive }|{pricey|expensive }}, {{that’s|that is }|{that is|that’s }} why {it’s|it is} important to {no|{understand|know }} these Do-It-Yourself Mold Remediation {{steps|measures }|{measures|steps }} so {you|that you} can {perform|{carry out|execute }} the cleaning {by yourself|on your {own|}} in your {own |}{home|{house|home }}.

Mold infestation is {major|{an important|a significant }} {problem|{issue|problem }} in any {household|home}. {Once|{As soon as|When }} you {discovered|found} the {presence|{existence|presence }} of {this|the} health-threatening fungi, you {{might|may }|may} be tempted to {{clean|wash }|wash} it up {on|all on} your own. Mold remediation is a {task|job} {{that is|that’s }|{that’s|that is }} better left in the hands of professionals. However, if the infestation is {{pretty|fairly }|really} {small|little}, you can {{tackle|handle }|{handle|manage }} it {on|all on} your own.

{But|However,} before you do {{that|this }|this}, {read on|keep reading} to {learn|find out} about the {{basics|fundamentals }|{fundamentals|principles }} of mold cleanup and the {{proper|appropriate }|appropriate} {{ways|manners }|approaches} and {techniques|methods} to effectively {{get rid of|eliminate }|{remove|eliminate }} it without compromising your health and safety.

What Causes Mold

What Causes Mold?

When {tiny|{miniature|mini }} mold spores travel through the {air|atmosphere} and settle, under the {right|{appropriate|proper }} conditions, mold or mildew can multiply {quickly|{rapidly|quickly }}, {often|frequently} {going undetected|{occurring|happening }}, and {become|eventually become} a problem {{inside|indoors }|in} your {home|dwelling}. Mold can grow almost anywhere when moisture is present for an {extended|{elongated|extended }} {period of time|time {period|interval }}.

You can control Mold Growth in a house by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Sealing leaky roofs, windows and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after water flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry and cooking {areas|places }

Where does Mold grow?

Mold can multiply on most porous surfaces where {{there is|there’s }|{there’s|there is }} damp stagnant {air|atmosphere}. While it prefers temperatures {{above|over }|over} 60 {degrees|levels}, it {can|{may|can }} also grow in cold temperatures, which {is|{explains|clarifies }} why it can be {found|seen} in a {refrigerator|fridge}. Most {often|{frequently|often }}, however, {it is|it’s} {found|{located|situated }} in the {following|next} {places|areas}:

  • {{Wallpaper|Background }|{Background|Wallpaper} } and drywall
  • Ductwork and ceiling tiles
  • Carpet, {{drapes|curtains }|{curtains|drapes }} and furniture
  • Attics, basements and crawlspaces
  • {Books|Publications} and magazines (anything made of paper or organic material)

The effects of mold not only {include|incorporate} {the|that the} {{potential for|possibility of }|possibility of} structural damage to your {home|dwelling}. If {{you are|you’re }|{you’re|you are }} in the {market|marketplace} to {{cell|mobile }|market}, undetected mold can {{dramatically|radically }|radically} lower the value of your {home|dwelling}. Some {{real estate|property} agents|realtors} {believe|consider} the {presence|existence} of {mold|{mould|mold }} can drop the value of a {home|{house|home }} {{up to|around }|around} 10 percent.

Mold Removal Process

The effects of mold not only {include|incorporate} {the|that the} {{potential for|possibility of }|possibility of} structural damage to your {home|dwelling}. If {{you are|you’re }|{you’re|you are }} in the {market|marketplace} to {sells, undetected|{market|marketplace}, unnoticed} mold can {{dramatically|radically }|radically} {lower|{reduce|decrease }} the value of your {home|dwelling}. Some {{real estate|property} agents|realtors} {believe|consider} the {presence|existence} of {mold|{mould|mold }} can drop the value of a {home|{house|home }} {{up to|around }|around} 10 percent.

Mold removal (also {known|referred to} as mold remediation), is the {{process of|procedure for }|{procedure for|process of }} cleaning {mold|mould} by {removing|{eliminating|removing }} {mold|mould} and treating surfaces and {{materials|substances }|substances} {{that|which }|{which|that }} {have been|were} contaminated by mold or mildew. The methods used for removing mold will {{vary|change }|change}, {depending|based} {on|upon} the {type|sort} of {mold|mould} in the {{house|home }|home} and the {effects|ramifications} of {mold|{mould|mold }} on the surface or {{material|substance }|substance}.

What Should I Know About Mold Inspections?

What Should I Know About Mold Inspections?

A mold inspection is the first step in the process of determining if you’ve got a mold problem . During a mold inspection, Sally Steamer’s accredited mold specialists , will inspect, sample and test the air in the area of your home for mold detection. mold expert will use a variety of mold detection techniques into search for mold and mildew, identify the kinds of mold present and supply tips for cleaning mold or eliminating mildew. 

Mold inspection is important to both the safety and health of a home and its occupants. Since mold remediation can sometimes be costly, a mold inspection performed by a mold specialist is highly advised.

Mold inspections should be {performed|done} by {a {qualified|skilled }|{an experienced|a seasoned }} {mold|mould} specialist {who has|with} formal training and {{experience|expertise }|{expertise|experience }}.

Mold inspections {look|search} for {evidence|{signs|signals }} of {mold|mould} or mildew growth, which {{indicates|suggests }|suggests} {{water or moisture|moisture or water }|moisture or water} issue. They {can|could} {include|{consist of|include }} {mold growths|mould spores} around vents, on walls or baseboards, even {in|on} {your|your own} HVAC ductwork!

5 Steps to Proper Mold Removal

Mold has had its 15 minutes of fame {over|during} the {last|past} {few|{couple of|few }} years. {Though|{Although|Though }} the hype has died down, mold-and {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} remediation-in {{homes|houses }|{houses|homes }} {{is still|remains }|{remains|stays }} an important {issue|matter}. 

Customer|Client} complaints require home builders to have a {{fast|quick }|{quick|fast }} action {{plan|program }|program}, both to clean up the mold problem and {{to|into }|also to} show {customers|clients} {{that|which} |} a quality home builder (you) is {looking out|{searching|looking }} for their health and safety and the durability of {their|the} {home|dwelling}.

There are two important things to {{remember about|consider }|{consider|think about }} {mold|mould}:

1. {{Prevent|Avoid }|{Avoid|Prevent }} it by doing things right the first time

2. {When|If} you do {face|confront} {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }}, take {{care|maintenance }|{good |}care} of it {immediately|instantly}.

Ensuring your {{warranty|guarantee }|guarantee} team follows a {{process|procedure }|{procedure|process }} for {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} remediation will {{take care of|treat }|{look after|care for }} the latter.

The {following|{next|following }} {{steps|measures }|{measures|steps }}, which {can|may} be adapted to {fit|match} {within|in} your {{company’s|firm’s }|institution’s} policy, {{serve|function }|function} as a {{basic|fundamental }|{simple|easy }} {{process|procedure }|{procedure|process }} for {quickly|fast} remediating mold {{problems|issues }|issues}.

Step 1: Learn about moisture

Assessing {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} growth {involves|entails} more than {{just|only }|simply} {looking at|considering} {{what’s|what is }|{what is|what’s }} visibly growing on the walls or in a corner. Mold {can|may} be an invisible intruder, growing {behind|supporting} and {{around|about }|about} what you {first |} see. Such devious behavior {requires|{demands|needs }} {inquisitive|curious} thinking.

First, understand that behind all mold growth is a {water or moisture|moisture or water} {problem|{issue|problem }}. {Second|{Secondly|Second }}, become a master of moisture — {no|{understand|know }} where moisture comes from and how it gets {{info|information }|to} the {home|{house|home }}. The {ultimate|supreme} {goal|objective} of {these two|both of {these|those }} {steps|measures} is for {{warranty|guarantee }|guarantee} {representatives|agents} to {identify|recognize} a moisture source and {use|utilize} {its|its own} {{location|place }|place} to {help|assist} {{locate|find }|{find|locate }} all mold growth, not just {{what’s|what is }|{what is|what’s }} immediately visible.

Mold grows by {releasing|discharging} its reproductive cells (spores) {{info|data }|to} the {air|atmosphere}. Spores are {{invisible|imperceptible }|imperceptible} to the naked eye, and mold can spread and grow anywhere in the {{home|house }|{house|home }} as long as moisture and oxygen are present. {Common|Frequent} surfaces {that|{which|that }} harbor mold growth include drywall, insulation, tile, fabrics, and wood.

Step 2: Document the mold problem and create a remediation {{plan|strategy }|{strategy|plan} }

Before {you {begin|start }|beginning} {mold|mould} removal, document the mold situation with {writing|composing}, {photos and {video|movie }|video and {photos|photographs }}. The warranty team {{supervisor|manager }|{manager|supervisor }} will use the documentation to develop a remediation plan, which typically answers {questions|inquiries} {{like|such as }|{such as|for example }} when work is slated to {{begin|start }|{start|begin }}, when that work is scheduled to be completed, who will be {performing|{doing|performing }} the remediation, any testing {{that|which }|{which|that }} {should|{ought to|should }} be {done|performed}, and {if|{when|if }} homeowners will be temporarily relocated. In the longer term, the documentation {can|will} help {{manage|handle }|{handle|manage }} liability {for|to} your {company|{business|company }} or point to larger trends in mold growth.

Why mold in the {{home|house }|{house|home }} is {a problem|{an issue|a problem }}: {{Aside|Apart }|apart} {from|out of} {{the fact |}that|how} it looks unsightly and unclean, {mold|mould} has {{ramifications|effects }|effects} for people’s health. Mold spores that land in a wet or damp location can {{begin|start }|{start|begin }} to grow and can produce allergens, irritants, and {{potentially|possibly }|{possibly|potentially }} {{toxic|poisonous }|hazardous} substances, affecting indoor air quality and occupant health. Continuous exposure to mold in {home|house} {{environments|surroundings }|{surroundings|environment }} can cause or {worsen|aggravate} homeowners’ {{pre-existing|preexisting }|preexisting} health conditions.

Step 3: Calculate the {{extent|scope }|{Area|Place }} of the {mold|mould} contamination

Mold may not always {grow|rise} in {one|1} {areas|regions}, so you {need|{want|need }} to {figure|find} {out |}how much contamination {your|{you are|you’re }} {really |}looking at. Calculating the extent of the contamination will {{impact|affect }|affect} {how|the way} you approach mold removal and clean up. The {{goal|aim }|objective} of {mold|mould} removal {is|would be} to clean up mold growing {within|inside} the {home|{house|home }}, and to avoid exposing homeowners to large {amounts|{quantities|amounts }} of {mold|{mould|mold }}.

The New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH) has developed guidelines for cleaning up mold contamination. These guidelines are {widely|broadly} {{used|utilized }|utilised} {in|from} the {construction|{building|construction }} {industry|{sector|industry }} and {{recommend|urge }|{urge|advocate }} six {levels|{degrees|levels }} of {mold|mould} removal {based|{depending|based }} on the square footage of the {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} and {whether|if} {or not |} the {mold|mould} is {located|{situated|located }} {within|inside} the home’s HVAC system. {{Following|After }|After} the NYC DOH’s guidelines, available online, {{calculate|compute }|figure out} {the|that the} remediation level {needed|required}.

Step 4: Remediate mold contamination

Remediation will always {involve|{entail|involve }} cleaning up existing {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} while {{avoiding|preventing }|preventing} {exposure|vulnerability} to oneself {{as well as|in addition to }|{in addition to|along with }} homeowners, {as well as|{in addition to|along with }} preventing new growth by {addressing|fixing} the moisture {source|{supply|provide }}. Based on your calculation of {the|this} {contamination|pollution} area, {determine|decide} if {{you’re|you are }|{you are|you’re }} {working|functioning} in {an area|a {place|location }} up to 30 square feet ({approximately|about} the size of a {full|complete} sheet of drywall). If so, {{you’ll|you will }|{you are|you’re} {going|likely} to} be following the guidelines for remediation levels 1 and 2. Level 1 remediation {is|can be} used for small, isolated {{areas|regions }|{regions|areas }} of {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} {{up to|around }|around} 10 square feet and Level 2 remediation covers square footage from 10 to 30 square feet.

Step 5: Determine if cleanup {{has been|was }|was} {successful|effective }

Just because the mold is gone and {{there’s|there is }|there is} no {dirt or dust|dust or dirt} {{doesn’t|does not }|{does not|doesn’t }} mean that {{you’re|you are }|{you are|you’re }} done. Your {{last|final }|final} {step|measure} is to {determine|find out} if your {{clean-up efforts|cleanup attempts }|cleanup {attempts|efforts }} have been successful. While this {last|{final|closing }} {step|measure} is a judgment call, {there are|you will find} {some|a {few|couple of }} {options|{choices|options }} and {guidelines|{tips|hints }} to follow.

When it comes to mold, the {key|{important|significant} thing} is to {implement|employ} a {, {comprehensive|thorough }|thorough} moisture management {strategy|plan}. {Potential|{Possible|Potential }} liability and {health|wellness} {issues|{problems|issues }} from {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} {can|could} be {dramatically|radically} {{decreased|diminished }|diminished} by doing it right the first time. Clean up {must|should} be {immediate and thorough|thorough and immediate}, {{following|after }|after} a {{process|procedure }|{procedure|process }} {like|such as} the {above|{aforementioned|above }} steps. It {may|{might|may }} sound over-simplified, but the {{primary|main }|key} failure in response to homeowner complaints is {{simply|only} |} {the fact |}that {{builders|contractors }|contractors} {{don’t|do not }|{do not|don’t }} {respond|react} {{fast|quickly }|quickly} enough, or with the emphasis that the {{issue|problem }|matter} is {potentially|possibly} {{serious|severe }|severe}.

Minimum personal protection {{equipment|gear }|{gear|equipment }} for levels 1 and 2 remediation {includes|contains} an N95 respirator, eye goggles without {vents|{ports|vents }} and rubber gloves that extend to mid-forearm.

Why Hire A Mold Specialist For Removing Mold?

Why Hire A Mold Specialist For Removing Mold?

Mold removal {{is not|isn’t }|isn’ta”do it yourself job”. Mold removal {requires|demands} {professional|specialist} {{chemicals|substances }|{substances|materials }}, {{equipment|gear} and {training|coaching }|training and {equipment|gear }}. 

{Treating|Fixing} {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} with household chemicals {such as|{like|such as }} bleach {can|may} {cause|{lead to|cause }} {mold|mould} to {spread|disperse} and {create|{cause|trigger }} {{more|longer }|additional} {{costly|expensive }|expensive} {issues|problems} {in|on} your {home|{house|home }}, especially if you’re dealing with {black |} mold.

Contact Sally Steamer {for|to get} {{professional|specialist} |} mold removal.

Sally Steamer is certified for {{removing|eliminating }|{eliminating|removing }} mold and our {mold|mould} {specialist|{expert|specialist }} will {meet|fulfill} {with |} {you|one} to {discuss|talk about} a {plan|{strategy|plan }} for mold testing and remediation. {Each|Every} Sally Steamer technician is trained on {{proper|appropriate }|appropriate} {mold|mould} removal / {mold|mould} remediation {procedures|{processes|procedures }} in {accordance with|light of} the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S-520.

Now, see where this has taken us? Mold remediation is {quite|rather} a {{complicated|complex }|complex} {{process|procedure }|procedure}. It will {take up|occupy} time. {{It is|It’s }|{It’s|It is }} {best|{ideal|perfect }} to {{prevent|stop }|stop} the occurrence of the {{mold|mould }|{mould|mold }} by using {, {proper|correct }|{appropriate|proper }} humidifiers and maintaining good ventilation in each of the rooms (especially {basement|{cellar|basement }} and crawl space) of your {{houses|homes }|homes}. 

{Also|{Additionally|Also }}, clean up the mold {{as soon as|when }|once} you {spot|place} them so {you|that you} {{do not|don’t }|{don’t|do not }} {end|{wind|end }} up {doing|performing} a {{bigger|larger }|{larger|bigger }} job. Got a mold problem and {{wanting|needing }|wish} to {know|learn} more? {Don’t|Do not} {hesitate|be {afraid|frightened }} to call us!

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