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Mold problems and contamination continue to be an ever increasing concern for property owners and insurance companies. Mold problems can arise in as little as 2 days from an excessive moisture event in your business from broken pipes, leaks and even higher than normal humidity levels. Indoor mold problems are hazardous to your health and can be a significant cause for many allergies.

Mold infestation can lead to:

  • Structural damage to foundations, HVAC systems, drywall, roofing, gutters, furnishings, and other areas

  • Health problems that include headaches, skin irritation, allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, aggravation of asthma symptoms, and more

What Is Mold & Where Does it Come From?

Mold is a fungus that can be found in damp or wet areas both indoors and outdoors and is comprised of many different species. Mold spores, which help mold species spread and reproduce, can be carried by water or air to new locations. It generally thrives in wet environments caused by high humidity, slow leaks, floods, or broken pipes. Without moisture, mold cannot survive.

Warning Signs of Mold In Your House

Not sure if you have mold in your home? Some things you should be on the lookout for:

  • Dark spots on your floors, walls, or ceilings
  • Musty odors of mildew
  • Respiratory and allergy issues
  • High humidity levels resulting in condensation on glass or metal surfaces

Who Should I Call For Mold Inspection?

If you suspect you have mold in your home, it’s recommended that you call a professional mold inspection and remediation business like ServiceMaster to confirm your diagnosis and safely remove it.

If you have visible mold in your house, a trained inspector can identify it along with the extent of the issue. Relying purely on your eyes to determine whether or not you have mold is not always a good test however, because mold frequently grows in places where light can’t reach. This is another reason it is a good idea to call a professional immediately if you suspect you have a mold problem.

Can I Get Rid of Mold Myself?

Although you can do some light mold removal yourself, if you’re dealing with dangerous black mold, improper self-cleaning can sometimes make the problem worse. The actual process involves mold remediation specialists in specialized protective gear arriving at the affected location and removing porous material with mold that can’t be cleaned while sanitizing the surfaces that can.

What Kills Black Mold on Wood?

According to EPA guidelines, if the mold covers an area that is smaller than 10 square feet (about 3x3 feet) you can safely remove black mold on wood yourself using everyday household cleaners like a bleach solution. In fact, distilled white vinegar and dishwashing detergent (mixed with water) can be used to kill mold on most wood surfaces.

However, if the mold growth is larger than ten square feet or you are dealing with toxic black mold, you need to obtain professional mold remediation services. At ServiceMaster by Benevento, our Visalia mold remediation team can provide mold inspection services for your home or business, identify the source of the mold, contain the contaminated area, clean and disinfect the moldy surfaces, fix any unresolved moisture and humidity issues, and provide preventative measures.

As a general rule, mold removal is not a DIY project you should try to tackle. Efficient and safe removal of these fungi requires the knowledge and experience of a professional team. ServiceMaster Restore is fully prepared to get the job done. Our technicians have completed intensive mold removal training and utilize highly advanced processes for handling mold claims.

If you live in a humid area, have experienced flood damage, or have had leaky plumbing in the past, you may have mold hidden somewhere in your home. The best action you can take is to immediately call a professional. We’ll help make sure your home is always safe and secure – and provide any restoration services needed if we find your structure is at risk.

Call us today for your residential home inspection & removal needs (559) 314-6364