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Eradicating Mold Growth in the Home

8/28/2017 (Permalink)


Eradicating Mold Growth in the Home

As home and business owners, the livability and workability of these structures can be affected and altered in damaging and often unexpected ways. One of the most common ways in which our most intimate structures can be affected is when mold is found to exist in the home. Mold damage is very common, but it can be so problematic because of the areas that it can affect, and the rate in which the fungus and mildew can increase. Mold damage can occur in any area where moisture is allowed to accumulate unchecked. Mold in the home can often come in the forms of fungus, mildew, and black mold. If there is a fungus, mildew, or black mold buildup, commercial mold damage treatment should be sought out, as disturbing these spores can result in increased damage throughout the facility, lessening the chances for damage mitigation. When dealing with mold damage, specifically black mold, fungus, and mildew, the first step to take is to contact your insurance company.

When contacting your insurance company in regards to mold removal and remediation, it is important to detail the specific circumstances of the incident that you are facing. When detailing the incident, issues such as black mold, the level of mold growth, mold damage, smelly odor, dry rot, and suspected mold growth behind a wall, should all be listed in order to slow down the damaging aspects and increase the chances for mitigation. In the mold removal and remediation process, after the insurance company has been contacted, you should seek a restoration company that can possibly assess and remedy your needs. The insurance company should be able to recommend a restoration company that can take care of your situation, but individual research should always be done when assessing commercial mold damage, as each restoration company may be better equipped to handle a specific set of circumstances. When dealing with mold damage, mold removal, and remediation, consider your circumstances, as a restoration company must be licensed by the state to take on repairs that go beyond mold growth. Your insurance company, as well as the restoration company you hire to complete the mold damage remediation, work for you and the situation should be treated as such. In order to make sure that you are receiving the services that you pay for, it is necessary to understand the responsibilities of each party, including yourself. The mold remediation process is wrapped up once deodorization is completed.

When working with the company that you’ve chosen for commercial mold damage restoration, it is important to understand how mold in the home is created, how it grows, and how it is prevented to ensure mitigation. Many times, mold in the home is not immediately recognizable. On these occasions, mold in the home can be identified by a smelly odor, signaling that deodorization is necessary. When there is a smelly odor, but the mold in the home is not immediately recognizable, it is possible that there is mold growth behind a wall or another barrier. Mold growth behind a wall can lead to a myriad of problems due to the fact that it may have been left unchecked for a long period of time. When there is mold growth behind a wall, it may be due to a leaking or damaged drain pipe, in which case the barrier may need to be removed. It is important to understand whether your restoration company is equipped and licensed to knock down and repair a wall that hides suspected mold growth when mitigation is a priority.

A smelly odor may be a sign of dry rot, which could lead to structural damage and increased costs, or a completely unlivable environment. Dry rot is a very common occurrence when moisture and mold growth are allowed to go unchecked. This can occur when the black mold isn’t recognized and checked in a timely manner. During the mold removal process, after dry rot is ruled out or treated, the deodorization process will begin. Deodorization should be completed by professionals, as many of the commercial products available may only mask the odor. When deodorization isn’t performed in the proper manner, it can become an ongoing issue.
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