How to Get Rid of Mold in Your House

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your House

The 'we are cool' reception mold gets in people's homes is alarming. Why would people be so chill about something so important? It may be because these people cannot correctly weigh the danger that mold poses to health and their property.

The first thing we need to emphasize early in this article is - mold is dangerous! Many members of residential or commercial apartments have treated them as roommates, and it needs to stop!

When mold appears, the first and only thing to consider is how to get rid of it. People must first understand the dangers they pose to get rid of mold.

Mold triggers up to 65% of respiratory-related problems. They are also the culprit of most allergic symptoms and inflammation like coughing, sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, skin rash, etc.

The quality and value of a property can be reduced by about 3% because of mold. Therefore, if you ever think of selling off property, check carefully for mold.

If there is any, this post finds you well because you can learn how to get rid of mold now.

The importance of mold inspection, mold removal, and mold remediation cannot be overemphasized. These steps involved in removing or modifying mold growth will surely help you do justice to the mold issues around your home.

The truth is, doing a perfect job of getting rid of mold can only be done by experts. However, FDP Mold Remediation has compiled four essential steps to teach you how to get rid of mold and learn about the mold removal process.

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your House
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Where to Start: Mold Inspection

You can have thousands of mold colonies hanging around every corner of your house without your knowledge. The mold's presence is significantly related to how much moisture is present in your home. Therefore, as long as you use water, there is a chance you have mold.

You can carry out mold inspection by following some of these tips.

  • Check if your apartment has a persistent earthy, musty smell.
  • Look out for whitish stains, grassy stains, dirt on walls and surfaces.
  • Pay attention to areas where there is a lot of moisture but no or low source of light.
  • Double-check surfaces that are cracking, peeling or warping. They are a massive sign of mold colony growth.
  • A drop of bleach lightens in color in under a minute.

The above steps don't in any way play down the role of a professional. On the other hand, it should make you seek the help of professionals.

You may want to ask, how do experts do mold inspection? Experts are better equipped and can adequately measure the extent of remediation or removal after inspection.

Make a diagnosis: Mold Testing

At this point, there is little anyone without expertise in mold testing or remediation can do. It involves a lot of technical know-how and can be a little tricky. So, you may contact us at FDP Mold Remediation if any of these steps look unclear.

When mold testing is mentioned to experts, it involves air testing or surface testing. On some occasions, it may involve both processes.

In air testing, the method commonly used is the spore trap sample method. When using a spore trap, the air of an apartment or location is hurried through the spore trap, which contains sticky surfaces. The surfaces are then tested in the laboratory to look out for the mold's type, nature, and other properties.

Other air testing methods include the culture method, which is considered archaic in the mold remediation world.

Surface testing, another method of mold diagnosis, involves one or all of the following methods:

  • A part of the sampled surface is cut or removed, then sent to the laboratory for testing.
  • A clear paper tape or any equipment that can serve the same purpose is pressed against a surface and sent to the laboratory.
  • Cotton wool or bud is used to clean a surface then sent to the laboratory.

The result of the test determines a lot in the next step. It determines whether mold remediation or removal is the best, whether some house or office equipment needs to be overhauled or not, whether a wash and dry will suffice, and much more.

Take Action: Mold Remediation or Mold Removal

Usually, the recommendation of the experts would be returned with the laboratory test results. It is advisable to yield to the advice given by the mold removal expert. However, the primary determiner on the part of most clients is the likely cost.

Mold remediation and removal are used interchangeably in almost every location. Therefore, the action subscribed for by clients must be adequately clarified before it is carried out.

Mold removal is a simple reduction of very high mold populations to an acceptable and natural population. It is a unit under the whole mold remediation process.

On the other hand, mold remediation is the total expulsion and sometimes removal of fungal spores from the air, surfaces, and any hidden spot. It involves using inspection, testing, analytical, and prevention methods to remove fungi spores and colonies. In mold remediation, materials or properties where fungi were once found are destroyed, removed, or treated.

Since mold remediation involves various steps, it is usually more thorough than mold removal.

Post Remediation Check and Mold Prevention Methods

There are no vaccines that can prevent the growth or multiplication of mold in the home. Therefore, it should be clear by now that the mold remediation processes carried by experts do not guarantee an absence of future infestation if certain things don't change.

That's why experts recommend a change of habits and tell clients to follow these tips to prevent another mold attack.

  • Pay attention to areas of previous attacks and keep them dry.
  • Proper ventilation can do wonders. An air conditioner can help you achieve relatively low humidity.
  • Dry clothes, wares, shoes, and surfaces as quickly as they get wet.
  • Fix any leakage as soon as you see them.
  • Any form of surface stain or suspected mold colony should be taken care of with drops of bleach.
  • You can buy mold inhibitors and mix them with your wall paints. It can prevent mold growth on the surfaces.

Final Words

The mold problem may soon become a global problem related to housing, property value, and health. It can happen in a couple of decades from now if serious attention is not paid to tis.

The FDP Mold Remediation company is committed to inspecting, testing, exterminating, and preventing the surge of mold. We are passionate about letting people know about how serious the threat of mold is.

Our services include mold inspection, mold testing, mold containment, mold remediation, mold removal, property cleaning, property sterilization, property drying, and property disinfection.

We are located in major cities in the United States. If you are in New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Washington DC, and Maryland, you can call us at 877-421-2614.

 

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