It's important to learn about what mold is and why it grows. All molds are fungi, and share biology with mushrooms and athlete's foot, for example. The mold that is dangerous to humans is relatively rare in the fungi kingdom, meaning most kinds you find in your house or business aren't harmful. However, some molds are dangerous, so any mold in your home or business must be cleaned up and completely removed.
Government experts recommend that you contact a Mold damage repair Havana FL company for assistance if the mold growth takes up more than 36 square inches. If you see mold, there is probably more behind walls, in attics and elsewhere.
Before you contact mold cleanup specialists, the first step is to stop the mold from getting worse. Turn off any ventilation. Next, work to halt the dripping or condensation that supplied the mold in the first place. For example, fix leaky faucets or dry out standing water if you can. The next step is to contain the problem in as small an area as possible. You could block off the area with disposable tarps, for example.
Should you get a mold mitigation company to help or can you complete the cleanup by yourself? Beyond considering the magnitude of the issue, think about any exacerbating health issues you may have that make you prone to risk.
Once you've selected a solution, there are important steps to take in either direction. If you're going at it alone, start with gathering the right equipment and clothing. You'll need non-ventilated goggles, clothes that are easy to wash and that cover your extremities, and mold-safe masks and gloves. You will also want new disposable sponges and disposable plastic sheeting that will help trap the mold you get off. Experts agree that you should not leave moldy and unpainted drywall anywhere you find it because it can't be cleaned thoroughly. A note on cleaning with bleach: Don't. Bleach doesn't work as well other alternatives and often doesn't kill mold and all its spores completely. Most bleach is bad to breathe, especially if it's ever mixed with ammonia-based cleaners. Ask for better alternatives at the hardware store.
If you're concerned enough about mold damage to do online research, you need certified a professional mold removal company. If you choose to hire a mold removal expert, find one in your city because various molds thrive in different areas and you want people who know the best mold damage mitigation techniques to remove the ones you found in your indoor environment. The closer to home, the better.
Check licensing and certifications before you hire a mold removal company. The State Office of Consumer Protection is a good place to get started, and you can check for affiliations such as as the Restoration Industry Association, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration and Contractor Connection. You might also make sure the company knows and follows federal mold cleanup recommendations whether your mold is in a business or a residence.
Mold left to grow releases spores, which fly like dandelion seeds and can cause damage to spread in short order. If not, parasitic fungi will continue to feast on your structure and will ruin your things.
The smartest way to solve your mold damage is to get mold removal assistance. Don't delay.