3 Steps Of Mold Removal
When a water disaster happens, the water can come from a variety of sources. The water can range from category 1 (clean water) to category 3 (contaminated water such as sewage). Whether clean or contaminated, if any flooding occurs, a professional should be called. Professional help will reduce health concerns that may come from contaminated water and developing mold. Both are threatening to your health if you come in contact with them. If you live in Bakersfield, California, be sure to keep Alert Disaster’s phone number on hand. The 24-hour service that Alert Disaster Restoration service provides a quick response to any water emergency in order to prevent what will come next – mold! Water damage is the main cause of indoor mold growth. If your home experiences any type of water damage or flooding, keep an extra eye out for mold. Look especially close at the spots of your home that would be prone to moisture such as walls, bathrooms, areas with pipes, sinks, and more.
What Is Mold And Why Is It Dangerous?
Mold is a harmful substance. Some people are allergic to mold, but even those who aren’t allergic will experience negative health effects from the exposure. Symptoms may include a runny nose, sinus congestion, wheezing, a harder time breathing, coughing, a sore throat, and sneezing. It will appear much like a cold, but it is an illness you can work to avoid by taking care of excess moisture within your home. Over 60,000 types of mold are known to live within our environment. Trained professionals are familiar with the most common molds: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus.
The immune system works up a defense against mold, but will lose the battle against mold in larger quantities or for a prolonged period of time. If anyone in your home is a child, elderly person, asthmatic, or has a mold allergy, be cautious and protective over them. They are more susceptible to getting sick from mold. Even if none of your household members fit these descriptions, it is wise to call your professional mold removal company to come in as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your home and health. If the mold is especially bad, it may be a good idea to find temporary housing to avoid being in close vicinity with the mold for hours on end.
For mold removal and cleanup, three basic steps are taken to insure full remediation…
- Mold will be identified and inspected. There are different types of mold which a trained technician will be able to detect. More importantly, the technician will need to identify how many mold spores there are and how big of an issue the mold will be. Mold samples can be taken and tested in a lab for better identification. Each situation will call for individual and unique treatment which technicians are flexible towards.
- Mold is removed. This process includes removal, cleanup, and restoration. Mold starts in a central location and spreads through moisture. When a restoration company comes in to cleanup mold, they will first target the core of the mold, where it began. By starting at the center and working out, technicians are more effective at preventing the spreading of mold. After the contaminated area is cleared and up to official IICRC standards, technicians will then filter and clean the air and surrounding areas to make sure all possible traces of mold are removed.
- Lastly, the situation will need to go through post-inspection. Technicians work hard to make sure all mold is thoroughly removed and cleaned up. A professional will want to make sure the job got done and your house and health is restored to their original state. Companies like Alert Disaster Restoration will have a post-inspection team come in to make sure the job got done correctly and completely. They will be able to leave you in peace once the restoration process has been verified and approved so you can go back to living your life as normally as possible!