When you have found mold or signs of mold growth, it is important that you understand the severity of having it in your home. First things first, do not attempt to clean the mold off yourself. Removing mold in an improper fashion, is not going to eliminate the mold. In fact, if is not mitigated professionally and eliminated from all affected areas, it will gain strength and continue to spread at a faster rate.
It is important to treat all infected areas in the home with a mold remediation process. A mold remediation analyzes the type of mold propagating in the home and eliminates it form the root cause. During a mold remediation, technicians will find the source, contain the areas affected and will remove any possible variable that will allow the mold to continue growing.
Mold Remediation Process
At JD Restorations mold remediation’s are a major priority. We understand the threats that are present in your home and we are diligent with every incident that comes our way. Our specially-trained technicians will leave your home free and clear of it. During a mold remediation our teams follow rigorous steps to ensure that a comprehensive mitigation is being completed. You may not be sure what a mold remediation consists of. We will always go through everything with you, but we have summarized the mold remediation process below:
- Initial inspection
- Identification of the affected areas
- Diagnosis of the mold
- Identification of source
- Containment of the affected area
- Application of specialized products to contain and prevent the mold spread
- Removal of the surfaces contaminated with mold
- Sanitation of all areas in which mold was present
It is fundamental to hire the right specialists for a Mold Remediation. Ones that will use the proper methods and will provide you with detailed follow-up. At JD Restorations we are ready and fully equipped to handle even the most serious of cases. We will not only remove the mold that is present, but we will make sure that your home is clean and free of any mold causing bacteria.
The cleaning depths of mold depend upon the location it has grown on. If the affected area is hard and has no pores, the mold remediation process will be less complicated. But if the surface is porous, such as wood, wallboard and other building materials, the fungus gets deeper and the growth may infiltrate beneath the surface. Then the removal of the surface and replacement of the affected material is required. The appearance and safety of your home is important. Nobody wants to have the menacing health threats lurking around in their home. JD Restorations has the experience and state of the art equipment to remove it.
Tips to follow during your Mold Remediation
- Keep pets away from the home during the mitigation.
- Stay away from the area infected with mold.
- During the process find an alternate location to be at. Sanitation involves the use of hazardous products that are also harmful if inhaled.
Always keep in mind that any mold remediation would not be complete if the source of the mold is not identified. Finding sources of moisture such as: plumbing leaks, rain or ground water seepage are crucial. after the mitigation process is complete.
What is Mold?
Mold is a variation of fungi that grow in many areas. It is made up of small organisms that are harmless until they reproduce. Mold reproduces by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air in small amounts. The spores are usually harmless, but when they land on damp areas in your home, they start to grow and spread.
Mold grows in areas such as:
- In or on the walls of a home
- Large amounts of paper
- Accumulated Dust (dust bunnies)
Its growth sources are uncontrolled humidity and water condensation in areas of the home. Moisture that is present may be due to any or a combination of: water damage, water leaks, flooding, a large area of condensation, storm damages; that created condensation in the roof of the home etc.
Moisture is the main cause for mold propagation, but a warmer climate is another favorable component to its growth as well. Florida’s weather provides both, making it a considerable environment for mold to grow all year round. The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean surround the state, making it one of the most humid in the U.S.
Mold and health
If you didn’t know already, in large quantities, mold is extremely harmful. You may even be displaying a reaction to its presence and not even know it. This is because the reactions to mold can be easily mistaken for a cold or a severe case of allergies. In fact, a large quantity of human beings are allergic to it and do not even know it. Mold is so damaging to your health, that it may cause serious respiratory problems if it is not removed immediately from the home. It also needs mitigated properly because it can continue growing even if the most minimal amounts are left behind.
When mold is grows on a surface, and spores are released into the air; they can be easily inhaled. The spores travel through the air and once you breathe them in, they go to your lungs and cause chronic health problems. Some of those are:
- Respiratory problems
- Eye allergies
- Skin irritations
How to prevent mold from growing
Now we know how serious Mold is and what damages it may cause. You must be diligent in removing it from your home and doing it properly. Even though we live in an area where the conditions are conducive to mold, we can take certain steps to prevent it from growing.
- Prevent condensation
- Prevent water leaks
- Dry clothes in a dryer (do not dry clothes inside the home)
- Remove wood piles from around the home
- Dust often
- Vacuum often
- Fix any water damage the home may have
- Use HEPA filters instead of the regular ones
It is imperative to stop the reproduction of spores from the home’s environment. One of our suggestions is to keep HVAC system in optimal conditions. Filters and mechanisms must be working properly. HEPA-filtered vacuums are also good to remove spores that have been settled out of the air. Do not hesitate about trust on our complete line of services.
Always keep in mind that any mold or mildew remediation plan will not be comprehensive if you do not identify and address the issues that may have contributed to the mold growth. We will find the sources of the growth and make sure that it is completely removed and that you keep your peace of mind.