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Mold Cleanup Advice

[ 0 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Cleanup

Mold cleanup is essential even if you’re not dealing with toxic mold. And it doesn’t matter whether you own a home, rent a mobile home or own a business, a fungus is a fungus and can cause some serious structural damage if they’re not taken care of immediately.

One of the biggest problems many homeowner and business owners face is water damage mold, which is often caused by flooding or a leak that has gone unnoticed for quite some time. One of the biggest keys to keeping this type of mold at bay is by acting quickly and remove the damaging fungus before it becomes worse.

If you’re a business owner or you rent your home from someone, a professional mold removal company should be brought in to handle the job. Hiring a professional is not only the only way to be sure that your mold problem is eliminated, it’s also a law for many states.

One of the first steps the company should do is extract the water source from the building. The company may use a process as simple as air-drying the water damaged area or they may choose to use a pump if there is an excess amount of water.

Once the source of the damage has been removed, the next step will be to make any repairs that are necessary before proceeding. This is not generally done by the company hired to remove mold, so you may need to hire an outside source to make the repairs needed.

Once the repairs have been made, the mold clean up company will probably use fans or a special vacuum to soak up any remaining moisture. Then, they’ll be ready to remove the molds from the affected area using mold cleaners that are specifically made for the job.

After the company has removed the mold from your home or business, you’ll want to access the situation to see if any of the items that were affected by the fungus will need to be either restored or replaced.

If you only had minimal damage from the mold, you may be able to save some of your property or merchandise. However, if the mold was severe, it’s usually a good idea to just throw the items away and start fresh so you don’t run the risk of being affected by a mold problem again.

There will also be certain instances where it’s absolutely necessary to start over such as with drywall, which cannot be cleaned once it’s contaminated with mold.

Another item that should not be salvaged, but generally is by homeowners are mattresses. A mattress is vulnerable not only to surface contamination, but also the mold that hides well below the surface where products cannot remove them.
 
There is some good news however, and that is that some items can be saved from a fungus invasion. Some materials such as leather where molds haven’t absorbed down below the surface, can be treated using a mold cleanup process that will safely and permanently remove all traces of the fungus.

But please remember, mold is nothing to mess around with, so if you’re not sure, get rid of it.

How to Remove Mold From Drywall

[ 0 ] April 20, 2010

How to Remove Mold From Drywall

 

If you’re wondering how to remove mold from drywall, the bad news is you can’t. Even with all of the mold cleaners and scrubbing power in the world, molds that have grown on this particular type of material can never be permanently removed.

Not to mention that after so long of being exposed to moisture, the material tends to crumble. So what can you do instead?

First off, you need to assess the situation. Not all drywall mold will be visible and when they are hidden it’s a whole other ballgame. However, there are some common signs that you may have a mold problem.

If the paint on the walls are cracked or peeling, if there is a bulge behind the paint or if there is discoloration on the wall, chances are you have mold hidden somewhere in or even behind the wall.

You can also tell that you have a mold infestation from the musty aroma that lingers near the affected area. Or you can look for water damage mold by looking for leaks which are most often found under kitchen and bathroom cabinets, in basements, attics and anywhere there is a need for water such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, deep freezer or washer.

Or you can also place your hand on the suspected surface area to check for moisture. And depending on how extensive the damage is, you’ll either need to remove the affected area or you may need to remove the entire wall.

If the mold is a minor problem, you can try removing only the affected area using either an exacto knife or a putty knife. Next, you’ll need to sand the joint areas behind the wall to remove fungal spores and prevent recontamination.

Once you’ve sanded down the affected area, you’ll need to clean the surrounding areas including in joints behind the wall with a product designed for mold removal. Then you’ll need to allow the area to dry before you can install the new wall.

If you find that the mold growth is severe (usually more than 10 sq. feet), more than likely you’ll need to remove the entire wall and repair any damage caused by the mold.

Generally a job like this should be left to a professional who is licensed and certified for this type of work. A professional is not only trained to know how to remove the mold, they also have special equipment to help get the job done right.

Of course the biggest fear many homeowners have when a professional is needed, is the cost of mold remediation. And while you may not be able to get away with getting the job done for free,

if you do your research and shop around, you can at least minimize some of the costs and not get taken to the cleaners in the process.

Even if you can hire a professional for at least part of the work, you could replace the walls yourself and save quite a bit in the remodeling costs.

But just remember, no matter what the cost, a professional knows how to remove mold from drywall safely and quickly, and when it comes to your health, it’s an absolute must.

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