Nothing frightens homeowners more than learning there is mold in their homes. Mold worries many homeowners due to the damage it can cause to the integrity of their homes but also the health problems it can cause. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold can cause various health problems, especially asthma and allergies. Stay on top of mold issues in your home by getting in contact with ASAP Restoration. Read on for more information on our mold remediation process.
Where Mold Grows
Any place in your home that is susceptible to water and humidity has the potential to grow mold. Mold can reproduce by creating tiny spores that float through the air. These spores grow when they land on surfaces with water on them. There are many types of mold, but all of them require water or moisture to grow, according to EPA.
With this in mind, here are the most common places mold grows in homes:
- Crawl spaces
- Wall interiors
- Under sinks
- Near foundation air vents
- Under window unit air conditioners
If you notice mold in any of these areas or somewhere else in your home, it is important to wear the right safety equipment. Wear an N-95 mask to avoid breathing in the mold or its spores. Also, wear gloves and goggles when interacting with the mold. Long, forearm-length gloves are recommended, as well as goggles with no ventilation holes.
Our Mold Remediation Process
Did you know that any moldy areas less than 10 square feet can be fixed by a homeowner? It is a good idea to call a specialist to ensure there is no more mold, but any area with more than 10 square feet of mold will require a professional. Professional companies are skilled with years of experience and specialized tools to help them remove the mold.
Identifying the Source
The first step in the mold remediation process is finding the source of the mold. As mentioned before, mold is typically found in moist or humid places. The specialists will be able to locate places of high moisture levels, which will lead them to the mold if it is present. Remediation specialists can find and identify mold anywhere, no matter if it’s in your home or commercial building.
Once the mold has been identified, the next step in the mold remediation process is to ensure the mold does not spread. To do this, experts will block off that area. The source of the moisture leak will need to be repaired, and then the remediation experts will also contain the area so mold spores do not go elsewhere.
Closing off the mold area is one part of the mold remediation process, but air filtration and ventilation are another. It’s imperative that the spores do not relocate, so the air must be purified as well. Our technicians have special air filtration machines that ensure the mold and any other contaminants are eliminated from the area.
Removal and Disinfection
The best method of ensuring the mold is removed and will not return is to get rid of the material or furniture it was growing on. If the mold was growing inside the walls, the drywall, insulation, and wall would need repairs to ensure the mold has been removed. After the mold has been removed, remediation specialists will apply a solution to the area to discourage mold growth.
Call a Professional
The mold remediation process is a simple one when remediation specialists are involved. Contact trusted professionals from ASAP Restoration if your Houston, TX home or business needs mold remediation services. Whether for an inspection or the mold remediation process itself, ASAP Restoration has years of experience with all remediation and restoration services. Call us today or contact us on our site for your home or commercial restoration needs.