Basics of what Everybody Should Know about Mold
You just never know what could be growing behind your cabinets or walls when a water leak goes unnoticed. Call us out if you suspect a possible issue.
Mold is naturally always in our environment. Their microscopic spores float in the air; just like when you blow on a dandelion and watch the seeds drift away. Problems begin when spores anchor themselves on a wet surface indoors and begin to multiply. With warm humidity and a ‘food source’ it takes only hours for some strains to grow. A damp dark place like behind the wall after a hot water heater leak is a comfy spot for it to be nourished. It grows by eating away at wet organic materials like the paper backing of drywall or the wood of a cabinet or trim.
The EPA informs us of the important fact that the key to mold control is moisture control. Condensation, water leaks and poor ventilation are all contributing factors. To prevent mold, allow sunlight to filter into your home each day as spores love darkness. It’s a good idea to make it a habit to open windows & doors daily to allow a cross breeze into your home to ventilate it properly. When coming across an unexpected water leak or sudden flood, act quickly by calling out our well trained professionals to dry up not only what is visible to the naked eye, but also what is beyond the baseboards...
Mold… Is It a DIY Project?
Mold removal in Pomona... Once the kitchen cabinetry was removed visible mold was revealed for cleanup to begin.
In seeking a DIY Mold Removal plan on the internet you will discover a variety of ways proposing how to personally rid your home of mold. A common misconception is to spray it with a bleach solution to kill the mold, but it is just not that simple.
The EPA offers a link of helpful mold facts along with a section of ‘Frequently asked questions about mold’. It addresses how using a chemical or biocide is NOT recommended because while the solution may kill the spore, even dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some. Mold MUST be removed. In most situations the mold may not be visible until the wall or surface is opened/removed as typically mold grows inside wall cavities as opposed to the painted surface of drywall.
The one thing to be cautious about however with DIY projects where mold is concerned is proper protection for yourself. Certified mold technicians know how to protect themselves with respiratory engineering controls which means a full face mask with HEPA filter cartridges. This properly protects both your respiratory system as well as your eyes which can be adversely affected by mold spores.
The next item of concern is protection of the environment where the mold is found. Simply opening up a wall can disperse millions of mold spores throughout the living environment especially if any ventilation is being provided through air conditioning or simply walking through the contaminated areas. Proper abatement procedures involve setting up protection barriers so that mold spores will not spread throughout the rest of the house. Negative air pressure through the use of a HEPA rated negative air device (shown in image above) is the only way to properly protect your home from spores being released outside of a legitimate containment.
An oversaturation of mold in your home can definitely pose a health risk. Handling it yourself is not recommended. Mold removal should be performed by someone who is both properly trained and respects your home and health. Review the EPA & IICRC guidelines and contact us for an inspection of the area to best make the decision of a plan of action.