One of the long lasting effects of water damage is the fuzzy trail it leaves behind. Mold is not only a visual eyesore, but a health concern as well. It can be toxic and have an adverse effect on occupant’s health if not addressed right away. Identifying mold in your home can be tricky. You can check out our previous blog, “Signs There is Mold in Your Mist,” for tips on finding mold in your home. Once it is located, it’s important to come up with a remediation plan. You can call a professional, such as Brewer Restoration, to help develop this plan. Here are some of the essential steps.
Eliminate all the moisture
In order to put a stop to mold growth, you’ve got to find the source of the moisture. In the case of flooding, it can be obvious, while pipe damage and sewer backup can cause damage in unseen areas. Your local professional will have equipment to not only clean up the excess water, but to dehumidify the air. The relative humidity should be kept below 65 percent to prevent further mold development. Water can be hiding behind walls and in cracks in your house’s structure, professionals will have a moisture detector to eliminate every drop.
Test the environment
After the moisture is gone, the next step is assessing the damage. It may be helpful to take pictures of troubled areas to help identify what kinds of mold are present. Next, determine the size of the effected area. If the mold has spread to a large portion of your home or business, an evacuation may be necessary while the experts remove the mold. The New York City Department of Health classifies mold remediation into three areas: small isolated areas less than 10 square feet, medium sized 10-100 square feet, and large areas of 100 square feet or greater. Remediation can vary depending on the area size, but in general, the areas should be isolated, dust should be removed or suppressed with moisture, items should be tossed if they are porous, and cleaned if they aren’t. A wet vacuum, used to absorb moisture can be used as well as a HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuum for final mold removal.
Mold can seem like an overwhelming problem, but with the right help a remediation plan can help save the day. Contact Brewer Restoration in Tucson for all your mold remediation needs.