Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.
If you notice a musty odor in your home, you probably have mold growing somewhere you can't see. Mold is a very common problem in homes, but it usually doesn't grow out of control unless there is a leak or flood. Mold loves damp wood and humid conditions. It can grow behind drywall and under sinks when you are unaware you even have a water leak. Here's what you can do when you notice the smell of mildew or mold in your home.
Check For Water Leaks
The first place to look for mold is in areas near water pipes. Check under all your sinks, behind the washer, and in your bathrooms. Since the mold may be hidden, look for signs of water stains. Press against the wood and drywall for signs of crumbling. Crumbling could be caused by water damage and it can also be caused by mold eating away at the drywall from the backside. Also, check for rain leaks around windows, doors, and your roof. If you can't find signs of mold and can't detect where the odor originates, you should call a contractor.
A contractor is better equipped to find hidden mold. He or she knows where to look based on experience. The contractor will cut open walls, lift up carpet, and move furniture around to find the mold. Physically hunting down the mold is usually preferred over mold testing because when you find the mold, you'll know exactly what you are dealing with and how it needs to be removed. In some cases, mold testing may be a good idea. If you're having a strong allergic reaction to the mold, you may want to know what type of spores are in your home. In that case, the contractor can take air and surface samples as well as physical samples of moldy materials, and send them to the lab to be analyzed.
If you have surface mold, such as mildew in the grout lines of your shower, you can scrub it away with a bleach solution. However, if the mold has penetrated wood, drywall, or carpeting, the building materials need to be completely removed. One reason it's best to hire a contractor for mold removal is so spores are not released during the process. A ventilation system needs to be set up to control the flow of spores, and the mold should be sprayed with water to keep spores from floating into the air during removal. Also, it's necessary to wear protective equipment including a respirator so contact with the mold is avoided. The EPA recommends you hire a professional to remove the mold if it covers an area larger than 10 square feet.
Keep in mind, the mold may grow back, and the odor return, if you don't address the underlying problem. If you have a leaky air conditioner or a gap in a window, be sure to correct the situation or all the work you do on mold removal will be wasted. As long as there is plenty of humidity and a food supply such as wood, fabric, or drywall, mold will be able to thrive. Contact a restoration service, like Authorized Services, for more information.Share
23 September 2015