While mold can show up anytime the environment is favorable for it, the most common cause of mold damage is water damage. If you’ve recently discovered water damage, it’s a good idea to be proactive about the possibility of mold right away. However, if there aren’t any recent issues to your knowledge and you suspect you might have mold, follow these 4 simple steps.
1. Take Action Quickly
Mold can sometimes be toxic, and it will likely affect the health of people within the home. If you suspect mold in your home, don’t ignore it. You need to take action right away by calling in a mold specialist or mold remediation professional. The common signs of mold are health problems, odors, or discoloration caused by mold.
Again, if you’ve recently experienced water damage, then be proactive about the possibility of mold being present. The truth is mold can grow in as little as 24 hours when the environment is right, so don’t wait. That issue will only get worse.
2. Consider Inspection or Testing
One way to find out if you really do have mold or what type of mold you have is to have the area inspected. Some companies will test the area to determine if it truly is mold and what kind. However, you don’t have to have testing to know that the mold needs to go. If you suspect mold, work with a mold remediation company to come in and check it out. They can help you determine a plan to safely and effectively get rid of the mold and sanitize the space that was affected.
3. Fix Known Issues
If you know that you have a water leak or something like excessive humidity levels, take action to fix these problems. When you work to get mold removed, but a problem like this remains, you’re just going to get mold again. If you want to eradicate mold and reduce the likelihood of seeing it again, you need to not only remediate the mold, but also fix the problem that led to the mold to begin with. Here are some common issues:
- High humidity levels
- Poor ventilation
- Excessive moisture
- Water leaks
- Water damage
We recommend you fix the issue before you remove the mold, if possible.
4. Call Mold Damage Professionals
Don’t try to remove it on your own or deal with it DIY. It’s far too easy for you to make the problem worse, or even cause health issues in the process. What if you don’t get all the mold, or you fail to sanitize and disinfect properly? One little thing done incorrectly could cause much bigger issues that will likely also cost you more in the long run.
Most DIY solutions are meant to be short-term fixes.
Mold Damage Help from Dry 24 Water Restoration
If you’ve found mold or even just suspect it, give Dry 24 Water Restoration a call. Our teams are here to help you safely and effectively remove the mold from your home or business. We have the proper certification and training to get this issue handled right away for you. Just give us a call!