1. Understand How Mold Spreads
Before you can successfully remove mold from your home, you have to fully understand how mold occurs and how it spreads so that you can effectively remove mold and prevent it from spreading again. Mold, a fungi that can cause severe health issues to humans, grows wherever there are moisture and oxygen present. Because of this, mold generally occurs in homes and buildings following water damage, storms, and flooding.
Mold spreads by releasing its reproductive cells called spores into the air. These spores are pretty much invisible to the naked eye, so mold could be spreading in your home and you would not even know it until you found patches of mold growing on your walls.
2. Document the Extent of the Mold Growth
Now that you understand how mold grows and how it spreads, it’s important to document the extent of the visible mold growth. Generally, mold that grows in homes following water damage, storm damage, or flooding will be a dark unsightly texture (usually dark green, brown, or black) that you will find clinging to walls and ceilings. A commonplace for mold growth can be found near indoor water sources like water heaters and bathroom showers.
When documenting the extent of the mold growth, be sure to document all of the areas that have this black mold growing as well as attempting to identify where the source of the mold is. A tell-tale sign of mold growth is soft, soggy drywall. Once you have identified the mold, you will want to isolate the contaminated area to prevent the spread of mold spores.
3. Calculate the Extent of the Mold Damage
Because mold can be difficult to see until it amasses in large clusters, it can be difficult to calculate the extent of the damage. Much of the water damage and mold could be behind walls and out of sight. If you have a difficult time determining the extent of the mold damage, a mold remediation professional like Florida Dry will be a great resource. Our experts could inspect and test for mold growth.
4. Come up With a Mold Remediation Plan
Once you understand the extent of the mold and what needs to be done to prevent the spread and complete the removal process, it’s time to come up with a mold removal game plan.
Resolve the Water and Moisture Issue
First, you will need to resolve the water damage and moisture issue. Mold does not come out of anywhere so it is likely that you have a leak somewhere that is causing moisture to accumulate in spots where the mold is growing. It’s important to resolve this to prevent future mold issues.
Remove Contaminated Materials
Then, remove and dispose of all contaminated materials. It is likely that you will need to cut out chunks of wall and roof to prevent the mold spores from spreading.
Thoroughly clean the contaminated area to kill and remove mold from your property.
And finally, test the contaminated area to ensure that you have successfully removed and remediated the mold problem.
5. Contact Florida Dry
Mold remediation is a serious process that requires the attention of professional mold and water damage restoration professionals. Contact the experts at Florida Dry to ensure that your mold issue is completely taken care of the first time.