Mold remediation can become a serious health issue and definitely a problem to deal with, needing a professional set of skills because it is not a simple water intrusion. Timely response is essential when it comes to mold growth, whether it is a simple or complex case. If you think that the water intrusion problem has already escalated to the point of mold growth, shut off your water supply. Drying the area will help slow down mold growth.
Macomb Township is a northern suburb of Detroit in Michigan. It is the fastest growing major municipality in Macomb County. Despite the rapid development of this place, it remains a close-knit community, so anyone who wants to raise a family in a friendly environment will find Macomb Twp to their liking.
Though a relaxed lifestyle is to be expected, residents may also need to deal with common home problems like water damage. It is not necessarily due to severe weather conditions because water problems can occur anywhere, rain or shine. What is important is to fix the problem right away to avoid complications.
At the first signs of water damage, inform your insurance provider. They will determine if you need professional help. If you do, choose a company that is in your area. Every water problem is considered an emergency case and needs immediate attention.
The problem with water intrusion is that it sprouts into other related problems the longer you wait to get it fixed. A moist environment can lead to mold growth which can lead to health complications.
Identifying the area of contamination, its extent of damage and level of moisture must be done soon to come up with appropriate solution. After the assessment, a plan of action must be established. It can be a complex procedure. The environment must be controlled, that is, the moisture level must be monitored so that no new mold growth will occur. At the same time, mold should be eliminated. Affected materials must be removed and assessed for damage.
After these initial steps, evaluation is performed to determine if the mold remediation has been successful. The next steps depend on the result of the evaluation. When mold colonies have been completely eliminated, the source of the water problem must be fixed as well to prevent recurrence. The moisture level will also be assessed, controlled and find ways to stop the mold from growing back.
No matter how simple or small an area is affected, if you don’t have experience in mold remediation, you are better off hiring a professional company.
Water damage can be prevented. Aside from regular home maintenance, homeowners should keep their homes at a moisture level where mold growth is not possible. Bathrooms, basements and kitchens are usually prone to higher moisture level. Add ventilation if needed or install dehumidifiers. Clean every room in your house regularly as well. If you inspect each room often, you will be able to notice emerging problems and should be able to fix it right away.
Mold cleanup guidelines
- Fix leak or other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. Mold will begin to grow in 24 to 48 hours.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles or carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.
- If you suspect that the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold, consult a professional. Do not run the HVAC system if you suspect it is contaminated.
- If you hire a professional to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience with mold.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation.
- Keep air-conditioning-drip pans clean and drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, act quickly to dry the wet surface.
- Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and windows when practical. Turn the heat or cooling off and just run the fan in the HVAC system.
- Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
- Places that are often or always damp, such as bathrooms, can be difficult to keep mold-free. Try increasing ventilation by running a fan or opening a window and cleaning frequently.