Mold can grow anywhere moisture is present. In your home, even slight leaks or condensation from cooking or showering can create excess moisture that doesn’t dry properly on its own – eventually leading to mold.
Mold growth can begin in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water has been introduced. That’s not much time, especially if you have experienced flooding in your basement or have discovered a broken, leaky pipe behind your wall.
Additionally, mold can grow anywhere there’s a water source and a nutrient source. Not only does mold grow in wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper and drywall, but it can also grow in something as simple as dust.
If you’ve found mold in your home, you’ll want to know where to start in removing it and what to expect when you call the remediation experts from ServiceMaster DSI.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CLEAN UP MOLD YOURSELF?
Although homeowners generally want to tackle what they can on their own, the answer here is simple: Mold cleanup is NOT a do-it-yourself project.
In other words, mold damage removal is complex because you are dealing with spores – which can easily become airborne and spread within your house or air ventilation system.
While a quick Google search may make it seem like mold can be cleaned with bleach and a cloth, that is not the case for mold on porous materials or even large areas of non-porous surfaces. Sometimes these materials must be removed and replaced.
Rubbing mold can disrupt the spores and cause them to become airborne. While bleach will make the surface clean where the mold lies, bleach does not kill the roots where the mold grows. Without the right tools and training, you can easily spread the mold around, making the problem much larger and more challenging to remedy and posing a threat to your health.
Professional mold remediation is done with much caution to protect you and your family. That is why professionals wear protective clothing and use special equipment. Mold spores can be toxic and dangerous for your health. Many people are allergic to mold. You do not want to expose yourself to this during cleaning.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM PROFESSIONAL MOLD REMEDIATION?
In contrast to dealing with mold yourself, making a call to a professional is an excellent place to start. You should look for a company who takes thorough and careful steps during each stage of the process, such as with ServiceMaster DSI’s residential mold remediation:
Isolate the mold with physical containment barriers to protect your health.
Capture, filter and scrub mold spores from the air using the latest technology.
Remove mold itself with EPA-registered antimicrobial products.
Eliminate water sources that contribute to mold growth.
Dispose of mold-contaminated material.
Clean and deodorize belongings as necessary.
Repairing and reconstructing damaged areas of your home.
When the moisture source is also stopped by a plumber and dried by ServiceMaster DSI, mold remediation will be complete. With this expert level of mold remediation, you can have peace of mind that your home is once again healthy.
For more information or to request a quote, call us at 844-413-3130 or fill out our online contact form. We have professionals across the U.S. who are ready to respond.