There’s Mold in My Home! What Do I Do?
Mold is the last thing anyone wants in their home, but many homeowners find growth at some point in their life. Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to do is remove it from your home, but it’s important to remain calm and take things a step at a time.
Why is Mold in My Home?
Before you make any attempts to remove the mold, it’s extremely important that you understand why you have mold growth to begin with. We’ve found that many homeowners will take measures to stop the growth, only to have it grow back later; that’s why you have to address the source first.
Mold grows and feeds on organic material, but it needs moisture to grow. Most people think that mold will only grow after heavy water damages like flooding or burst pipes, but believe it or not, high humidity can also be the cause. Ensure that any water damage has been properly dried, run a dehumidifier if necessary, and allow air to circulate.
How Do I Get Rid of Mold?
Once you’ve addressed the mold growth’s source, you’ll be ready to address the growth. Depending on the size of the growth, you may be able to handle it yourself.
If the mold only covers a very small area, you can easily clean it on your own. Go to your local hardware store and purchase an antimicrobial spray. Apply the spray to a cloth or paper towel and wipe away the affected area. That should do the trick!
If the mold growth is aggressive and covers a larger area, it’s highly recommended that you call a mold remediation company. This company will set up a containment area to keep the mold spores isolated and treat the affected area and contents (or remove them with the owner’s permission, depending on the extent of the damage). A test may also be conducted to ensure that the spore count is down to the appropriate levels.
If you live in the Hickory, NC area, and you have mold, know that SERVPRO of Catawba County West has certified mold remediation specialists to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 828-322-4400!