Mold. It’s something no home or business owner ever wants to see on their property. Unfortunately, mold growth can happen anywhere. All it takes is just a little bit of moisture (or a whole lot of moisture if your property experienced flooding) for mold to grow.
As well as looking unsightly, mold also poses a number of health risks to the inhabitants of the infected property. That’s why it’s extremely important to have the mold professionally removed by mold remediation professionals such as the certified and highly trained technicians at FloodCo USA.
Before we arrive on the scene to remove the problematic mold, there are several things you will need to do to ensure that the mold removal process goes as smoothly as possible.
Don’t Try To Clean It
We know that those over-the-counter cleaning products do wonders for the mildew and soap scum that accumulates on showers and tubs. However, they’ll do more harm than good if you use them to clean or remove the mold. These household cleaners are not formulated to effectively remove mold. Plus, using these cleaners makes it more difficult for our mold remediation technicians to correctly text and identify the suspected mold.
If you spot something that looks like mold, leave it alone. Then call a mold remediation expert to take tests and confirm if you do have a mold problem. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t Move Your Exposed Furniture
Normally, we appreciate it when our clients move furniture out of the way for us (especially when we’re cleaning ducts). When it comes to mold growth, we suggest that you leave any exposed and infected furniture in its place. Moving infected furniture around the home or office can help spread mold spores to areas that are currently unaffected. Play it safe and leave the furniture in the affected area.
Wash All Infected Clothing
Furniture isn’t the only thing that may be infected by mold spores. Clothing stored in closets or dresser drawers that are located in areas affected by mold may be loaded with mold spores. If that is the case, you should wash all exposed clothing in hot water as soon as possible. After the clothes have been washed and thoroughly dried, they should be sealed in a bag or container and stored in an unaffected area of the home or business. Taking these precautions helps prevent exposure to lingering mold spores.
Since mold is extremely harmful to your health, you may wish to temporarily relocate until the mold removal process has been completed. It may take a few days to complete the process, so you may prefer to stay with a family member or friend who has the extra room to accommodate you or your family (and pets) to ensure everyone’s safety while the harmful mold is removed. If space is limited, you can always opt for a hotel room and board your pet for a few days.
For businesses, you and your staff may choose to work remotely (if possible). If you have a customer-facing business, you may choose to close until the mold remediation process is complete. Although it’s not ideal to lose business, you may not want to jeopardize your health or the health of your staff and customers.
By following the steps above, you’ll ensure your safety and help the mold testing and remediation process run more efficiently and effectively.