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Prevent Mold with These 5 Proactive Steps

Is household mold giving you sleepless nights? Are you struggling to prevent the recurrent problem?

While mold occurs naturally, once it enters your home, it can have disastrous effects. It is imperative you prevent household mold growth. Although mold spores exist around us, mold growth is preventable.

The growth of the microscopic fungi needs moisture, food, and warmth. Depriving it of any of these three conditions will stop its growth, but won't kill the already existing mold.

Bear in mind that the spores will maintain dominance and if the moisture, food, and warmth re-emerge, so will mold growth. You must remember two significant things regarding mold: prevent its invasion by doing things right initially, and when you do face the problem, handle it immediately.

Don't let this problem get out of hand, follow these proactive steps to stop mold before its arrival.

1.     Study Moisture

Evaluating mold growth doesn't merely involve the examination of what's growing on your walls or corners visibly. The fungi can be an invisible intruder, growing around and behind what you see initially.

Such behavior demands inquisitive thinking. First, recognize that the source of all mold growth is moisture or water problem. Secondly, become an expert of moisture-recognize the source and the means it uses to get into your home.

The ultimate objective of these two phases is for professionals to spot a moisture source and use its site to help establish all mold growth, and not just what's immediately detectable.

2.     Document the problem and develop a remediation plan

Before you start remediation, document the situation with photos and writing. The expert team will use this documentation to create a plan, which usually answers questions such as when work is expected to begin, whether any testing will occur, and if you'll have to relocate temporarily.

Ultimately, the documentation could help point towards larger tends in mold development.

3.     Determine the degree of contamination

Mold may not always develop in one region, so you must determine the extent of contamination. Calculating the degree of the contamination will determine your approach towards mold removal and clean up. The objective of remediation is to clean up household growth and avoid exposure to huge mold quantities.

4.     Remediate Contamination

Remediation will constantly involve the cleanup of existing mold while avoiding exposure to yourself and preventing new mold growth by addressing the source of moisture.

Based on your estimation of the contaminated region, establish whether you'll follow the guidelines for level 1 and 2 remediation.

While level 1 remediation involves small, isolated regions, level 2 involves a larger area. Nevertheless, the clean up procedure is similar for both levels and comprises the following:

·       Repair of water issue

This will prevent the growth of new spores.

·       Isolation of contaminated area

This involves closing all windows and doors between the contaminated section and other rooms of your house for both levels. Level 2 will include all doorways and other openings.

·       Dust suppression

This will occur by misting the contaminated regions.

·       Eliminate materials

Elimination of all wet and mold-damaged porous materials

·       Discard materials in plastic bags

Discard all moldy, wet materials in plastic bags, and dispose them as regular trash once you wipe the outside with a detergent solution and damp cloth before leaving the contaminated region.

·       Clean

The cleaning of all wood surfaces and porous materials is necessary.

·       Visibility test

Every area should be visibly free of debris and contamination-no dirt and dust implies no mold.

·       Dry

Dry the cleaned materials to enable the evaporation of leftover moisture. To accelerate the drying procedure, use dehumidifiers or fans.

·       Replace

All moved materials must undergo repair or replacement.

5.     Establish whether clean up is successful

Your last step involves determining whether the cleanup endeavors were successful. Although the final phase is a judgment call, you could use these guidelines:

·       No indication of visible mold

·       You should be able to re-occupy or occupy your home without aggravated medical complaints or physical symptoms.

Are you dealing with mold infestation?

The key is implementing an inclusive moisture management plan. You can decrease possible health issues dramatically by getting it right the first time. You must also ensure that cleanup is thorough and immediate.

If you're struggling to prevent mold growth, please contact us and we'll discuss the solution: (416) 414-5690

Did you know?

Using biocides or bleach to kill mould does not have any advantages. Dead mould is just as toxic as mould that is alive. Cleaning or removing mould without protecting the rest of the building or unaffected areas can in some cases spread the mould contamination. In some cases the mould becomes harder and more expensive to clean up. Some mould inspection companies lack the equipment or experience to properly assess you mould issue. They are cheaper...but are they worth it?

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