Mold doesn't have to be a scary thing!
In recent years, mold seems to be a buzzword in DIY world that people freak out about. They make you feel like it is everywhere in your home! There is no need to freak out but instead become informed.
Mold is naturally occurring and as the years progress our houses become better sealed up from outside air. This reduces ventilation and increases the opportunities for mold to occur if the environment is warm, wet or humid.
Mold on drywall and wood can be dealt with by removing and replacing the affected area and is a great solution as long as the humidity, water leaks and temperature is taken care of. The most important factor with removing and replacing is that the area is contained and that there are air scrubbers that can clean the air and remove airborne mold spores. If air scrubbers are not used then the removal will allow all the mold spores to become airborne, which can be filtered through an HVAC system all through the house.
Mold on tile and tubs can be treated by store purchased Mold Stain removers. This is only for a small area and these removers should not be used on wood/drywall.
If you watch DIY shows they make you feel like mold is everywhere! We hope that a little information goes a long way to calm your mold fears!
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North does free inspections to check on any of your mold concerns, just keep calm and give us a call.
Fixing the Mold Moisture Source
When SERVPRO of Milwaukee North gets called into a mold job one of our first questions is, where did the water or moisture that contributed to the mold come from? Many times it was a leaky roof or leaky pipe that went unnoticed for a length of time or a water loss that was cleaned up incorrectly. The second question is, did the water problem get fixed? This is a very important question as if we do a mold mitigation job and the water source is not fixed the mold will come back! As a restoration company that guarantees all our work, we cannot guarantee anything on a mold mitigation job if a water source is not fixed! So we are more than happy to wait for our customers to fix the water problem before we help them out!
With mold remediation, there are a few things that have to be done but one of the most important things is called containment. Our technicians make a sealed off section with plastic around the area to be remediated in order to prevent mold spores from traveling to other places. In this sealed off area the demolition and the removing of affected material begins. During the demo, mold spores will be in the air so an air scrubber is run during and after the whole process to ensure that no renegade mold spores survive. Any affected materials are put in a sealed bag to be removed and disposed of and technicians have to be vacuumed to be sure no mold spores exit containment with them. After the job is done, containment is broken down and disposed of properly. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North guarantees our work so sticking to these steps helps us do the job right!
What About Mold Spores?
Mold Spores need three things to grow into mold and removing any one of these can reduce or eliminate new mold growth:
1. Nutrients - Dust or Dander
Food sources for mold in buildings include cellulose-based materials such as wood, cardboard and the paper facing on drywall and organic matter such as soap, fabrics and dust-containing skin cells. A basement or crawl space, a leaking roof or a leak in plumbing pipes provide the moisture to start mold growth. Insufficient ventilation may accelerate moisture buildup and visible mold colonies may form where ventilation is poorest.
If there are mold problems in a house only during certain times of the year, the house is probably too airtight or too drafty. Molds grow best in warm temperatures, 77 to 86 °F. HVAC systems can also produce all three requirements for mold growth creating a difference in temperature encouraging condensation or with the dusty air movement through the system.
Here are some steps to help prevent mold in your home.
- Stop and fix any water leaks - fix leaky pipes, prevent seepage, have rainwater drain away from house & ventilate enclosed areas
- Keep surfaces clean - dirt promotes mildew
- Keep surfaces dry - reduce moisture with dehumidifiers, keep humidity in home below 40%
- Routinely check problem areas like steamy bathrooms, kitchens, roofs, windows, laundry rooms, anywhere that has had a leak previously
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North provides free inspections if you ever think you have a water or mold problem!