First, let's go over a quick review of mold. All molds are fungi, just like mushrooms and lichens, for example. The mold that is toxic to you and your family is uncommon in the fungus kingdom, meaning most kinds you find in your house or business aren't harmful. However, some molds are dangerous, so any mold in your home or business must be mitigated and completely removed.
Government experts recommend that you call a mold remediation services Saint Anthony Village MN company for help if the smelly mold takes up more than 36 square inches. This is because if you see mold, there is probably hidden mold behind walls, in attics and elsewhere.
Before you contact mold removal services, the first step is to prevent the mold from growing. Turn off any ventilation. Then, work to stop the dripping or condensation that supplied the mold. For example, clear standing water and fix plumbing problems if you can. Then, stop it from spreading. You might tape off the area in question with disposable tarps, for example.
Should you get a mold removal company to help or can you complete the cleanup by yourself? Beyond thinking about the size of the issue, think about any aggravating health issues you may have that make you susceptible to becoming sick.
Once you've selected a solution, there are important steps to take in either direction. To finish the cleanup yourself, gather supplies such as gloves that reach your forearms, washable coveralls, sealed eye protection and approved mold masks. You might also need disposable plastic sheeting and a saw to cut out and replace drywall, if that's where you found the mold. Health officials agree that you should not leave moldy and unpainted drywall anywhere you find it because it can't be cleaned thoroughly. Just don't clean with bleach, especially if you're dealing with a substantial mold damage problem. It's completely unsuccessful for soft surfaces, and only somewhat effective on hard surfaces. It's also potentially toxic because it can release fumes and should never be mixed with ammonia-based cleaners such as window cleaner.
Chances are that if you're concerned enough about mold problems to do online research, you will want a professional mold removal company. It is highly recommended that you choose these companies in your geographic location, so contact if you live in that area. This will ensure that you find technicians with relevant experience.
Before you schedule an appointment with any expert, make sure that they are certified properly and that they are certified by organizations such as the Restoration Industry Association, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration and Contractor Connection. You might also make sure the company knows and follows federal mold cleanup recommendations whether your mold is in a business or a residence.
Mold that is allowed to grow releases spores, which act like seeds and can harm your possessions in short order. If not, mold growths will keep eating on your structure and can ruin your possessions.
The smartest way to mitigate your mold damage is to get professional mold removal assistance. Don't delay.