Mold Cleanup 101
Uncovering mold damage in your home or business can be a scary event. You’ve likely heard at least some the health risks associated with mold in a home, including asthma reactions and allergy-like symptoms. You may also know that a mold problem can get worse if a professional does not conduct a mold remediation quickly.
If this describes you, there are a few things you need to know about mold cleanup before you get it addressed.
Identifying the Need for Mold Cleanup
Mold is a fungus that thrives in moist environments, so it’s often found inside walls and crawl spaces with condensation problems or leaks. Its musty and earthy odors are an immediate giveaway to homeowners who smell them. You may also actually see mold infestations, which can appear fuzzy, dusty or slimy and might look like dirt at first glance. Despite what some people think, mold is not only black or green and can appear in a variety of colors.
Because mold takes so many forms, it’s critical to find an expert team that can identify your specific strain of mold and develop a customized plan for remediation.
Because of the invasive nature of mold, even a small amount can become a large problem in a short period of time. There are a few things to look out for:
- The smell. As we said earlier, most molds have distinct odors. In fact, a musty odor may be the first warning sign that you have a problem with mold.
- Splotchy patches. You can see mold on a wall or ceiling, and it’ll most likely be a green or black spot. (Note: black spots do not always mean “black mold”, the most dangerous strain).
- Leaks or condensation. Mold only grows in certain circumstances. If you have a moisture problem in your home, especially in crawl spaces or walls, you need to be ready to find mold growing there.
- Symptoms. Your first tipoff of a mold problem might come from your body itself. If you feel ill in a certain part of your home or start having allergy symptoms that you never had before, it might be from mold exposure.
The Risks of Not Getting a Mold Cleanup
Mold occurs naturally, so it might be tempting to dismiss the health impacts. After all, I could be exposed to mold every time I leave the home, so why should I care about it being indoors?
While mold grows naturally outdoors, it does not often happen in concentrations dangerous to people. Once mold is confined in an indoor space, that’s when the infestation can cause serious health problems such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, dizziness, chronic fatigue syndrome, nausea, fevers, migraines, memory impairment, throat irritation, asthma, pneumonia, rashes, and skin and sinus infections.
Mold can also damage a building over the long term. Mold itself eats the cellulose in wood. But before that happens, it will give rise to another fungus called dry rot. Dry rot lives in the same conditions as mold, and it’s dry rot that you need to worry about as far as structural damage goes. Dry rot will eat through joists and supports and imperil the sturdiness of your home’s construction.
What to Expect During a Mold Cleanup
At BIOSWEEP of Alabama, our Mold Away Services include a 3-step process that guarantees that you get the service you need during your mold cleanup. Your customized mold plan will always include these three steps.
- Free initial phone consultation. You need to have your mold issues evaluated by a professional with years of experience. Our record speaks for itself. We’re trusted by homeowners and businesses in the area to treat our clients fairly and only offer solutions that are appropriate to the problem at hand.
- Site visit. After an initial consultation, we need to do a deep dive. To build a great mold cleanup plan, we need to investigate the problem and possibly even take samples for lab analysis. These measurements allow us to build a protocol or scope of work that will work to get rid of the problem.
- Execution. Our team works quickly and professionally to clean up the mold on your property and leave it safer and healthier than we found it. We respect all our clients’ property. We’re certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, and know exactly how to conduct the process efficiently and effectively.
Put Your Mold Cleanup in Our Hands
If you have mold issues in your home that you need to be addressed, contact us today. We’re standing by to help.