Mold Cleanup Is Not A DIY Job!!
DIY mold removal attempts are highly inefficient and can make the situation worse.
The only instance in which these attempts to remove mold have any potential to work is when one recognizes the first sign of mold growth and somehow manages to prevent it from further developing. Such an instance is incredibly rare as it is difficult to time mold removal just right.
In addition, fully eliminating the source of moisture that promotes mold growth is even more difficult. In the end, just about every DIY mold removal attempt proves incomplete. Such solutions are temporary in nature.
For instance, common household cleaning agents and disinfectants are nowhere near as strong enough to eliminate mold spores. This is also true of bleach. Such cleaners are much too weak to kill those pesky mold spores. Rather, they simply hinder mold spore development for a short period of time.
Mold will inevitably reappear again unless it is attacked with a proven cleaning solution administered by an experienced mold removal professional.
The other concern, of course, is the health of the occupants of the building. Some people have mild reactions to mold, these are mold allergies. Unfortunately, there is a segment of our population, about 25%, that are mold sensitized, meaning they have adverse reactions to any exposure to mold and will eventually develop a condition known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
For this reason, we always advise calling a professional to assess your mold problem.
Flood Response are experts at mold removal and proudly serve Palm Springs and surrounding areas. To date we have posted many articles about mold because we want you to understand what mold is and why it is important that is removed. Here are some articles that you may want to review.
- How Dangerous Is Black Mold?.
- Does Bleach Really Kill Mold?.
- 10 Interesting Mold Facts!.
- Top 10 Mold Prevention Tips.
- Mold Removal Consumer Guide.
- Don’t Panic If You Find Mold!.
- Can Mold Affect Pets?.
- Mold Exposure Symptoms!.
- Mold Toxicity and Illness.
- Indoor Mold Exposure and Asthma!.
- 8 Tips To Prevent Mold After A Flood!.
- Does Mold Cause Sinus Problems?.
- The Link Between Mold Sickness and Genetics!.
- How Much Does Professional Mold Removal Cost?.
- Mold…A Hidden Danger!.
The purpose of this article is to explain why you should always contact a professional before attempting to remove mold from your home or business yourself. If you suspect that you have mold, please don’t hesitate to call, (760) 343-3933. Peace of mind is just a phone call away!
Some Key Facts On Mold!
Molds are very common in buildings and homes throughout our service area. They’ll grow anywhere indoors, wherever there is moisture.
Common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. However, with floodwater that brings other contaminants into buildings several more types of fungi can grow – including mushrooms!
Mold spores naturally occur in outdoor environments. They’re a necessary part of Nature’s cycle of life. Their job in nature is to break down and “digest” organic material and return resources to the soil so new life can begin. However, when mold enters your home or work space it can be deadly.
Mold spores enter your house from the outside through:
- open doorways
- heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with outdoor air intakes
Spores in the air and ground outside also travel indoors via people and animals. Clothing, shoes, bags, and pets are convenient vehicles carrying the spores indoors.
When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leaks may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, or where there has been basement or crawl space flooding, they grow. But mold especially likes cellulose-containing materials like:
- paper and paper products,
- ceiling tiles
- wood and wood products
Many building materials, like drywall and OSB, actually provide nutrients that encourage mold to grow when they’re wet.
Other materials like dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth when they’re wet also.
NUMBER 1 Reason Cleaning Mold Damage Is NOT a DIY Job!
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, like chronic sinus infections, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. And more research comes out every year indicating how even a small exposure can cause big problems.
With the stakes that high, you really don’t want to risk putting yourself, your family or employees at risk!
Since health is the number one reason you should be cautious, always consult a professional.
At Flood Response, all of our technicians are trained to protect themselves – with safety equipment such as respirator air masks, tyvek suits, and protective gloves. And, they’re trained to protect you and your property too.
Unless you have full personal protective gear including a respirator, as well as knowledge and experience, don’t try to remove mold yourself! Cleaning mold damage can make you sick!
Here’s why you want Flood Response’s Comprehensive Mold Remediation Services:
- First, we create containment and apply HEPA air filtration. This prevents cross-contamination to other areas of the home or office.
- Next, we creating negative air so that the affected area is vented to the outdoors where mold belongs.
- Then we HEPA vacuum and clean the affected area to remove surface growth.
- And, we remove all cellulose containing materials – like drywall and carpet – that the mold penetrated.
- Then we apply anti-microbial solution to clean and protect the area and prevent future growth.
- After that, we HEPA vacuum every surface again.
- As a last step, we may encapsulate the area – when necessary.