If you’ve recently suffered from water or flood damage, then it is very likely mold is growing somewhere on the premise. Even if it is not visible to the naked eye. Water may be absorbed by the drywall, which provides a perfect breeding ground for mold out of sight. Once it is safe to enter the home again you should first visually inspect for any signs of mold. Mold tends to have a noticeable odor as well. You could also hire a mold remediation company to come and test the home for mold growth. Mold can lead to several adverse health effects. It is even more harmful to occupants with serious allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. It’s a good idea to work with a professional team, but it is possible to remove small amounts of mold on your own. Here are some simple tips for safely removing mold from the house. 1. Get The Proper Safety Gear Remember, mold can be dangerous. You should never handle it with your bare hands and you should avoid breathing it in. It does the most damage once it is inside the lungs. This means you’ll need protective gloves, protective clothing, and a high quality respirator. Never attempt to clean mold without putting on the proper safety gear first. 2. Isolate The Areas With Mold Next, you need to locate and isolate all of the areas with mold in the home. Any rooms with mold should be closed off to the rest of the house. Open windows and use fans to ventilate the room. Fans should blow mold spores out the window and prevent them from spreading to new rooms. 3. Moldy Porous Materials Must Go Porous materials, such as drywall and concrete, cannot be saved once mold has started to grow. You cannot clean these items and must instead remove the affected areas completely. 4. First Clean And Then Disinfect Mold removal has two key phases: cleaning and disinfecting. You’ll need the proper cleaning solutions and disinfecting chemicals for the job. Clean the areas with mold and then properly disinfect. Remember to wear your respirator and protective clothing at all times. 5. Consider Borate You may choose to apply a borate treatment to any exposed wood in the home. It isn’t mandatory, but can really help. The borate will help protect against rotting, water damage, and future mold growth. 6. Flush Out The Air It’s likely the mold spores will become airborne during and after the cleaning process. Ventilate the rooms and use fans to keep the air blowing outside. Leave them running around the clock to ensure no spores remain. 7. Use Dehumidifiers Dehumidifiers are a great tool to have after the cleanup and disinfecting is finished. Use them to speed up the drying process. You can also use your home’s heating and cooling system. The faster it dries the better. Otherwise, new mold may form because of the residual moisture. 8. Keep An Eye Out For New Mold You…

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  Flooding can occur for a variety of reasons, from plumbing or appliance failure, to a weather or construction related problems. Regardless of the underlying cause, proper cleaning and drying are essential to preventing mold from growing, leading to long term problems with the building. The following tips can help efficiently dry and treat flood damage to prevent mold growth. The first step to getting started is ensuring you have the proper tools and safety gear in order to avoid accidents or accidental exposure to dangerous substances. These items should include: Rubber Gloves Safety Goggles N95 Face Mask Rubber Boots Once you have the necessary safety equipment, it’s important to check the external structure of the home before going in, especially if the flooding was severe and long lasting. If the house was in a disaster area it might also be a good idea to make sure the electricity is off in the building to avoid accidental electrocution. Make sure you work with a partner to ensure you have help in case of an accident, or exposure to fumes that can cause you to pass out or become disoriented. The first step is to promote air movement by opening up the windows and doors and bringing in as many fans as are available to keep air flow strong and speed up drying time. Dehumidifiers are also important to help draw the moisture out of the air and bring the house back to dry. Once that is done, you can begin with the cleaning of the house to remove dirt, residue and buildup that can lead to mold growth or hazardous living conditions. It’s important to check hidden insulation cavities that might be soaked through, holding water for weeks and causing problems down the line if they aren’t dealt with. Check duct cavities as well for signs of moisture, and if they have been flooded they should be cleaned thoroughly in order to avoid bringing mold spores into the house through the ventilation system. Plywood and Sheetrock should also be checked to determine damage level, and in the event of long standing flooding they will most likely have to be changed as they will not survive or dry out properly. Interior basement walls will also have to be removed in order to properly clean and treat the outer concrete walls to remove residue, properly dry, and avoid mold growth. The exterior wall will need to be dried, and cleaned thoroughly before rebuilding. The basement is an area that is prone to moisture build up, so using a dehumidifier there is a good idea to speed up drying time, minimizing the chance of mold settling in and becoming an issue. If your home, office or other building has been damaged due to flooding, proper clean-up is essential to preventing mold, and ensuring it is a safe environment for people to be in. Proper cleaning, drying, and ensuring air circulation is all essential to avoiding long term mold problems.

Mold Remediation Signs To Look For It’s time for spring cleaning and this is a common time of the year for people to discover mold in their home as they start to declutter from a long and wet winter. Whether you’re cleaning out the garage or under the kitchen sink and discovered mold, it should be addressed by a mold remediation professional who can either perform the remediation, or advise you how to safely and effectively remove it yourself. The first thing to know when you discover mold is that the presence of mold itself is not harmful, it is when the mold spores from a colony become airborne and can be breathed in when there is the potential for harmful effects to one’s health. If you discover mold, don’t touch it. Another common misconception is that bleach will safely remove mold. This is NOT true. Bleach does not kill mold spores it only removes the color, and as you scrub on the mold colony you disperse the spores into the air contaminating the surrounding area you are working in. So, if your considering putting on a mask and some rubber gloves to start bleaching the walls covered in mold, please reconsider as this can pose risks down the road. You may have also heard that black mold is the dangerous mold. While this is true, it is misleading as all types of mold can be dangerous whether its green, grey or black. Color is generally more of an indication of age not toxicity. It is also worth considering why the mold grew in the first place. Whether it is a leaky roof, pipe or window, it is important to identify a source of water or moisture that allowed the mold to grow in the first place. If you discover mold during your spring cleaning, please consult a mold remediation professional. Most mold remediation companies will offer a complimentary inspection to assess the extent of the damages and provide you with an estimate and scope of work.  If you think you might have mold in your home Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Elite For a FREE Estimate (916) 245-8862

If you’ve had a water leak and shop vacuumed and mopped up the standing water you may think that your property is dry because there is no longer any standing water and it feels dry on the surface. Not being able to see or feel any water can be misleading, as there could still be water under the flooring, cabinets or inside the wall cavity that you will not be able to see. Water that is not obvious and remains trapped under flooring or inside a wall cavity can cause bigger problems down the road such as mold and rot. These are long term damages that can be avoided by having your home serviced by a professional water mitigation company. Most reputable water mitigation companies will provide a complimentary inspection of your property within 24 hours. During this inspection the mitigation company will be able to detect areas and materials that are still wet using special meters that detect levels of moisture that cannot be detected visibly or by touch. They will be able to determine a scope of work and estimate based on this inspection. If you think you might have mold in your home Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Elite For a FREE Estimate (916) 245-8862

With ever growing concerns about mold and its presence in our homes and business, it is more important than ever that when mold is discovered, the proper remediation is performed. If you have discovered mold, it is important to contact a professional remediation company to remove the mold in a safe and effective way.     What is mold remediation? Mold remediation is the safe removal of mold and building materials that have been affected by mold. What are the steps of mold remediation? First, a professional remediation company is going to identify the presence of mold, its location and create a plan and estimate to have it safely remediated from the home. Once a plan is in place the next step in mold remediation is to set up containment, which is a barrier that cordons off the affected area from the rest of the home. This will prevent the mold from spreading to other parts of the home and causing additional damage. Once the containment is in place, air filtration equipment is setup to also help prevent the spread of airborne mold spores. After these items are in place remediation continues by removing porous building materials such as drywall and carpet, and cleaning hard surfaces like metal and tile with special anti-fungal cleaning solutions. Once all the materials have been removed or cleaned, the next step in remediation is to then treat the remaining surfaces with anti-microbial products to prevent the mold from returning. All materials removed from the home and disposed of to prevent the material from spreading through the rest of the home. Mold remediation is complete, what is the next step? Once the mold remediation is complete, the next step is to have your home or business repaired. The damages caused by mold vary greatly. Sometimes only a few square feet of drywall are removed, but in some instances the remediation process may call for the removal of cabinets, countertops, flooring etc. A professional mold remediation contractor should have all of the resources available to ensure the restoration of your damages. If you think you might have mold in your home Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Elite For a FREE Estimate (916) 245-8862