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How to Deal with Mold in Your Home

2/5/2024 (Permalink)

Mold infestations can be a distressing discovery for homeowners. As a professional restoration company, we understand the importance of dealing with mold effectively. In this blog post, we'll provide you with a step-by-step guide, from a restoration company's perspective, on how to address and remove mold from your home.

Step 1: Identify the Source

Before you can effectively deal with mold, it's crucial to identify the source of moisture that is allowing it to thrive. Mold requires moisture to grow, so addressing the underlying issue is the first step. Common sources include leaks, poor ventilation, and water damage.

Step 2: Isolate the Area

To prevent mold spores from spreading to other parts of your home, isolate the affected area. Seal off the space using plastic sheeting and tape. Additionally, consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to capture airborne spores.

Step 3: Remove Contaminated Materials

Any porous materials that have been contaminated with mold, such as drywall or insulation, should be removed and properly disposed of. Mold can penetrate these materials, making thorough cleaning impossible.

Step 4: Clean and Disinfect

Use an appropriate cleaning solution to scrub non-porous surfaces where mold is present. After cleaning, use a disinfectant to kill any remaining spores. Ensure the affected area is completely dry.

Step 5: Repair the Source of Moisture

To prevent mold from returning, address the source of moisture. Repair leaks, improve ventilation, and make any necessary structural repairs to ensure that the area remains dry.

Step 6: Consider Professional Help

Mold removal can be a complex and labor-intensive process. If the infestation is extensive or if you have health concerns, it's advisable to seek professional help. Our teams have the expertise and equipment to handle large-scale mold remediation.

Mold removal is a task that should be taken seriously. Following the steps outlined above can help you effectively address mold infestations and create a safe and healthy living environment for you and your family. Call us at SERVPRO today to ensure that you get back to normal as soon as possible, like it never even happened.

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