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Containing Mold Damage in your Home
This basement was flooded which caused the mold damage.
4 Tips for Containing Mold Damage in Your Home
Any time there is standing water in your Macon, GA home from incidents like a leak or a flood, mold almost immediately follows. Within 48 hours of the water issue, mold can begin to grow and spread throughout your home, causing damage and structural issues. Take advantage of these tips to keep black mold out of your home while you wait for the professionals to arrive.
1. Restrict Airflow in Your Home
Mold spores spread more rapidly when they are blown around by fans or air conditioners. They can also get sucked into your HVAC system and cause an infestation you are unaware of. Turn off your HVAC system and all fans. Resist the urge to point a fan at wet carpet or flooring.
2. Shut off the Water
If you have a leaky water pipe or sewage system, turn your water off immediately after locating the leakage point. This will prohibit any further damage to your home and make the mold cleanup process easier. Any time there is a moisture problem, it is best to keep the water off until the issue is resolved.
3. Vacate Your Home
When possible and especially in cases of an extreme water problem, it can be best to stay somewhere else while your home is recovered.
4. Don’t Move or Touch Anything With Mold
Even small spots of mold can be extremely dangerous. Rather than trying to handle it yourself and unintentionally spreading mold spores or making yourself sick, call mold removal professionals. They are experienced and have the proper training, equipment and personal protective gear to make sure the mold is entirely eradicated without injury.
Water problems in your Macon, GA home can lead to an even bigger black mold infestation unless you react quickly. Stay safe by not allowing the mold to spread and calling the right experts for help.
You May Have Mold in your Home if...
Top 3 Reasons You Have Mold in Your Home
There is always talk about how dangerous mold is and how you should ensure you do not have it in your home, especially black mold.Doing a check of your home on a regular basis is important to spot any black mold issues and to get mold cleanup started right away. However, the key to really ensuring you do not get mold in your Macon, GA home is knowing why mold grows in the first place.
The main reason for mold in homes is moisture. In a home, there are plenty of sources that can create a moisture problem. Some common issues include:
If you have any of these issues, it is essential to address them right away and get rid of the excess moisture before black mold even has a chance to begin growing.
High humidity is typically a weather or season issue. You can take steps to reduce the humidity in your home. Using an air conditioning unit will remove excess moisture in the air and reduce your homes humidity. In areas that tend to attract moisture, such as attics or basements, you may want to run a dehumidifier.
If you have a plumbing issue, you should get it fixed asap. You also need to check for water leaks to ensure the plumbing issue did not lead to water seeping into your walls, floors or ceilings. If water did leak out, then you should clean it up immediately. Never let water sit too long.
If you experience flooding in your Macon, GA home, you should take steps to stop it from occurring again, if possible. Anything that was damaged from the flood waters should be removed, such as bedding, drywall or furniture.
Your best bet when tackling mold is to call in professional help. You can find mold removal professionals or others who can assist you with your moisture issues and ensure mold is not growing in your home.
Mold Damage: What YOU Need to Know
Overcoming Mold Damage: What Everyone Needs to Know
Mold can begin to grow after there has been water damage. It could be as a result of a flood, a pipe break, or some other causes of water inside of a home or business. Exploring mold remediation will make it easier to overcome the problem.
Why is mold bad?
Mold is a fungus. It is more severe than mildew. Black mold is considered one of the worst types of fungus because of the way it spreads very quickly and is notorious for structural damage.
Mold damage needs to be addressed quickly because it can lead to dry rot and all sorts of other problems. Additionally, if there is mold growth behind a wall, there's often no way to know about it. The mold growth behind a wall could be black mold and could also be causing dry rot. Until it starts to decompose wood or cause a musty odor, it's hard to know that it's there. It's why it's important to call a restoration company the moment that it's suspected that there is any kind of mold growth.
Mold mitigation needs to occur right away so that mold doesn't get to become overly problematic.
What can be done about mold?
Residential and commercial mold damage isn't the end of the world. The good news is that through proper mold mitigation and mold remediation, the problem can be taken care of. All mold damage can be eliminated from a building.
Will mold spread?
Mold will often spread during the mold removal process. It's important to remember that it's a fungus, and fungus grows as a result of spores. It's not uncommon for spores to spread, and this is done because the spores become airborne. If there is mold growth behind a wall and someone rips into the wall, the residential or commercial mold damage could become a lot worse.
DIY mold removal is never recommended because most people don't know about mitigation or remediation or potential safety concerns. It's important to contain the black mold or any other mold growth to one area. otherwise, the mold in a home or the commercial mold damage is going to be that much worse. The musty odor will spread and it will require a lot more deodorization.
To avoid the mold damage from spreading, it's best to contact a restoration professional. They will come in with trained professionals to focus on mitigation, remediation, and identify what the issues are. Some people simply have mildew. Mildew is a fungus, but it's not on the same level as mold in a home. For most people, mildew can be taken care of with household cleaners.
It is the mold growth that will lead to dry rot, a musty odor, and the need for professional mold removal. It's also important to know if there is black mold in the home or business because the removal process is different.
How can professionals help?
Professionals from a restoration company that specializes in mold removal and deodorization will help when there is mold damage in a variety of different ways. They will have equipment that will detect if there is mold growth behind a wall. They will be able to identify the presence of black mold, too.
Once the mold in a home or the commercial mold damage is identified, it will be removed. From there, deodorization will take place so that the musty odor goes away. The deodorization will take place in all areas to ensure that anywhere there was mold growth will smell fresh once again.
From there, dry rot and any affected areas will be rebuilt or replaced. Mold damage can affect properties in a lot of different ways. However, by working with a restoration company, it will be easier to rebuild so that the presence of mold will be a distant memory.
Mitigate Mold the Professional Way!
Each Surface Type Warrants a Different Approach When it Comes to Mold
Mold can go undetected for days, weeks or even months, depending on where it is hiding. While small amounts of mold spores are everywhere and pose no threat, a large colony can destroy building materials and pose a health threat.
Restoring property from the effects of mold damage in Macon homes requires trained professionals. Every SERVPRO office maintains a crew that is trained to identify mold infestations and determines the best method available to remove or clean it off surfaces.
We determine the method used to remove mold depending on the type of surface the mold is on. It is simpler to clean nonporous materials. These surfaces include glass, metal, certain kinds of plastics, marble, and smooth stone. We remove dry mold by vacuuming the surfaces with special HEPA filters that catch even a single mold spore. Wet mold is wiped off with a cloth dampened with water. If the mold is growing in a layer of soil, our team members use a detergent solution.
Porous materials with visible mold growth often should be removed from the home and disposed of according to state regulations. These materials include carpets, carpet pads, drywall, and insulation. Technicians can clean fabrics such as upholstery, drapes, and curtains using foam, spray, or immersion techniques depending on the thickness of the mold and the colors used. Before starting with those methods, crew members vacuum the items to remove loose mold fragments using a special vacuum with a HEPA filter. If needed, they agitate the materials to loosen more mold and then vacuum them again.
Semiporous materials require methods not usable on porous or even nonporous surfaces. The surfaces (wood and concrete) may require sanding, wire brushing, and other abrasive methods. The cleaners we use on these surfaces have abrasive agents mixed in to be certain the agent gets into and agitates cracks and grooves that non-abrasive agents miss. If exposed to mold for too long, the structural integrity of the wood might be compromised by rot.
Restoring your home after a mold infestation is a long process. SERVPRO of Macon is here to help you through every step. If you need our services or simply want to schedule an inspection to ally concerns, call us at (478) 474-6700.
Got Mold? CALL THE PRO'S!
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.
1. Call SERVPRO of Macon
2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
3. Mold containment will be used if needed
4. Specialized air filtration will be used
5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
7. Restoration of your home
Call SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with managing mold in a home or business.
Do I Have Mold?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
•Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
•Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
•Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
•Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
•Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
•Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today! 478-474-6700