Whether you are a homeowner or just renting your living space, finding patches of mold growing in the home is worrisome. Molds are capable of creating numerous health problems. Molds can cause allergic reactions including runny nose, coughing, and sneezing to problems as severe as causing an asthma attack in asthmatics. Some molds can be so severe as to cause upper respiratory infections and pneumonia. The hype is real – molds can kill.
Even if you have not seem mold in your home, you can often detect hidden colonies by smell. If you notice a persistent musty smell and have developed any of the above mentioned symptoms, it would serve you well to call a professional mold inspector immediately. Mold spores can get everywhere and even small amounts of moisture can provide them enough nutrient to grow. It is impossible to completely remove all molds but a professional can help diminish the problem to minimal exposure.
The initial preparation for mold removal can look like something out of a bad science fiction movie. The workers will suit up in hazardous material suits, complete with breathing masks. The room to be treated will be sealed off from the rest of the house and fans will blow outward to help carry any disturbed spores out and away from your home.
Containment of the mold spores and safe removal is a significant part of protecting yourself from this danger. Since mold spores are easily spread, the first step in vanquishing the colonies is to gently spray them down with water. Wet mold spores are not as easily blown around. The next step is to wash down the areas with chemicals toxic to mold. Common treatments include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and ammonia. Once the surfaces have been well wiped with these solutions, the room is left to dry. The room will then be well-vacuumed with an HEPA filtered cleaner to clear away any residual debris from the destroyed mold colonies.
This process will continue from room to room until the entire structure is cleaned. Mold removal will also take place in crawlspaces, attics, and basements. Inspection of spaces inside of walls will need to be done. If the insides of walls have become infested, there is a possibility that the mold removal will include tearing out and replacing various structural components. While this can make the mold removal much more expensive, the health risks associated with mold will make it worthwhile.