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Mold is a serious concern. It diminishes the comfort and livability of your home and presents real health risks for you and your family. If you worry that you may have a mold problem or know that you do, IICRC-certified technicians are just a phone call away and can be on your property in under an hour to perform an inspection and carry out any required remediation. You’ll have access to highly trained and experienced mold specialists who’ll answer your questions, provide the honest and accurate recommendations you need and, most importantly, give you the peace of mind that you deserve.
No one wants mold in their home. It looks bad. It smells bad, and it can damage your property. The unfortunate truth is that a mold infestation generally takes hold long before you can smell it and see it. When a water damage event happens, mold can occur and spread throughout a home in just 48 hours. A water damage event can be as serious as a flooded basement or a leaking roof, but it can be as seemingly minor as excess moisture in a bathroom or a small leak under a kitchen sink.
The mold you can see is only one aspect of an infestation. That is the fungus. Mold also consists of spores, which is how it spreads so quickly. These spores are microscopic and float along the air. Spores can be distributed throughout your home via the ventilation system that carries cooled and warmed air, or they can just hitch a ride on pets or clothing. A mold inspection performed by a professional is imperative because before any remediation begins, all sources of moisture must be corrected and all areas that have conditions conducive to mold growth must be addressed as well.
Professional Mold Inspections
Mold exists everywhere: indoors and outdoors. It isn’t possible to eliminate mold completely. This is why it’s a good idea to have a home inspection performed once in a while even if you haven’t experienced a water damage event recently. Mold can exist in the least obvious areas of your home, and in order for technicians to give your residence a clean bill of health, they must examine:
• Behind walls
• Crawlspaces and basements
You may not be able to see the mold, but your inspector will or at least be able to recognize those dark and humid areas that may promote mold growth. Even if you can see mold, a home inspection is often necessary in order to provide a complete and accurate assessment of the infestation and the damage it has caused. Once the examination and assessment are complete, you’ll get an inspection report that covers every aspect of the process and results. You’ll also have access to the technician after receiving the report in order to go over it, get answers to questions, receive professional insight and so forth.
The Mold Remediation Process
Professional mold remediation is a multi-phase process. It begins with you contacting a company that specializes in mold identification and remediation. In the case of serious water damage events, such as flooding due to a storm or equipment failure, that call can and should be made immediately even if the event is happening in the middle of the night. After emergency contact, the steps include:
• Damage assessment
• Mold containment
• Air filtration
• Removal of mold and mold-infested property
• Cleaning recoverable belongings
• Finalization of restoration
Containment is a crucial aspect of the remediation process. Mold spreads through microscopic spores. That dispersal can occur quickly and easily. This is why a homeowner should never disturb a mold colony. If you identify or suspect mold, close that area off if possible and contact a mold remediation specialist immediately. Only when the mold is contained and the air filtered can the mold be removed.
Once moisture sources are eliminated, the area is dried and the mold is contained, the removal process can be carried out. The initial steps are carried out by water damage restoration technicians, applied structural drying technicians and other highly trained and experienced professionals. Removal is performed by applied microbial remediation specialists. These specialists are not only highly trained, but they receive an ongoing education in order to ensure their expertise with mold-related sciences. They also have access to all of the state-of-the-art equipment and other advanced resources required.
In addition to removing the mold, the affected areas are cleaned, sanitized and treated. This surface preparation is carried in order to ensure that the removed mold stays gone. Likewise, contaminated furniture and other possessions must be removed from the home. It may be that some belongings are too far gone or not worth enough to restore. In most cases, anything of value can be restored to the condition it was in before the water damage and/or mold event began. The restoration can then conclude with deodorization and a final inspection to ensure a job well done.
Living in the Midwest
Winters in Michigan and the midwest are long and cold. The snow season last longer than most would prefer. Furthermore. given that the state is known for its many lakes, sometimes the volume of snow could cause the lakes to flood, and for homeowners with property located near and on the lake, are prime candidates for potential mold infestations. Homeowners often deal with the flood initially, but not the aftermath. Mold sets in and deterioration begins. It is urgent to schedule a professional inspection after any flooding during the winter, or at other times no matter how seemingly minor. Even if no mold is present, the inspection report that you receive will provide you peace of mind.
Take Control of Your Mold Problem
Whether you’ve been the victim of flooding or other storm damage or have mold that has accumulated over time due to a leak or other moisture, the assistance you need is on hand. Schedule a home inspection and get a comprehensive and detailed inspection report. If mold is identified, immediate steps can be taken to eliminate the sources and eradicate it.
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