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What If I Find Mold
If you find mold in your home, it’s important to get it removed as quickly as possible! Not only is mold unsightly and unsanitary, but it can also have a significant impact on the air quality of your living space. Left unchecked, mold growth can cause chronic health issues for those living in your home. In addition, it can damage the structure of your home, causing warping and deterioration of walls, floors, or whatever other surfaces the mold grows on.
Where To Look For Mold
Mold grows and thrives in wet and moist areas in your home. If your home experiences Water Damage, mold growth is often not far behind. Luckily, our water damage restoration technicians thoroughly check for signs of mold, mildew, and other bacterial growth when they perform Water Damage removal and restoration services at your home. However, some Water Damage can go undetected for an extended period of time. Think of a leak in the roof or in an underused area of the basement. When this type of Water Damage occurs, mold often accompanies it, only worsening over time. If you find any warping or detect a musky odor in any part of your home, it could be mold.
What To Do After Finding Mold
We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week for our customers. We will respond immediately to assess potential mold damage.
After discovering the source and type of mold, we begin mold remediation by sanitizing and deodorizing your property and your affected belongings. Our trained professional will use specialized mold removal products.
Our procedures include:
- Cleaning walls
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Furniture and other contents in your home
Follow these 8 tips for mold:
- Put on personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, goggles) to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin.
Take it out! Anything that was wet with flood water that can’t be cleaned and dried in 24 to 48 hours should be taken outside. Take photos of discarded items for filing insurance claims.
Air It Out
- Open all doors and windows when working, and leave as many open as you safely can when you leave.
- When electricity is safe to use, use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.
Dont Mix Cleaners
- If you use cleaning products, do not mix cleaning products together. DO NOT mix bleach and ammonia together it will create toxic vapors.
- Clean with water and detergent. Remove all mold you can see. Dry right away.
Don’t Cover It, Remove It
- Painting or caulking over mold will not prevent mode from growing. Fix the water problem completely and clean up all the mold before you paint or caulk.
Dry It Up
Dry your home and everything in it as quickly as possible, within 24 -48 hours if possible.
What Kills Black Mold on Wood?
The presence of black mold on wood, in addition to being unaesthetic, can be a threat to the health of those living in the home, so it should be addressed as soon as the problem is detected. Mold stains growing on wood furniture or surfaces are a common problem in many residences where humidity levels tend to be high. Although mold can sprout anywhere, it is most often found on cabinets, porous surfaces, ceilings, walls and windows.
If you want to kill the mold yourself on wood, be sure to wear protection, including a respirator mask, gloves and safety goggles. Some remedies to kill black mold on wood are:
Dishwashing soap and warm water. This is the simplest solution to fight light mold problems. You can leave these products acting on the mildew stains for a few minutes and then use a brush.
Use vinegar diluted with water. Vinegar kills a high percentage of mildew types, so it can be a good remedy. Do a small test on the wood to check that it doesn't leave stains, and then you can put vinegar in a spray bottle with water and spray it on the affected surface. After a few minutes you can use a brush to clean it.
If none of the above solutions worked for you, you can use borax. You should mix it with water, apply it, and use a brush to scrub the entire area. You do not need to remove the excess borax, as it will work better against the mold if you leave it on.
If the black mold is on a piece of furniture that you can move, it is best to move the furniture outside. If you place it in a place where it receives direct sunlight, it will be even better. This will prevent the mold from spreading to other surfaces and help make the cleanup more effective.
If you have a black mold problem on your furniture or other wood surfaces, you should check that the mold is not also found in other places such as on the walls or in the bathroom. If you find that there is more mold elsewhere, you should take action and remediate the mold problem in your home as soon as possible. Certain conditions, such as poor ventilation, high temperatures, and high humidity, cause black mold to spread more rapidly.
If the amount of mold is significant or the problem is getting worse in your home, it's time to call in professionals to fix the problem safely and efficiently. At ServiceMaster's, we've been fixing black mold problems near you for years, so contact us before the problem gets bigger!