Mold happens. But that doesn’t mean you have to (or should) live with it. In fact, mold can be hazardous to your health, so if you expect you have mold in your home, you need to address the issue ASAP. Whether you smell something musty, see visual signs of mold, or have recently experienced water damage, it’s time to consult Dririte, the restoration company Tampa FL residents rely on.
Then again, we know there will be those individuals that want to remove the mold themselves. If you want to try to deal with your mold issue first before you contact mold remediation in Brandon, here are some tips for successful mold remediation.
Find the Moisture Problem.
The first thing you need to understand is mold removal is far more than just removing mold from a home. The difference between mold removal and mold remediation comes down to not only removing mold but remedying the situation, so mold does not come back. This is why it is critical to find the source of your mold growth.
In other words, you need to find where the moisture is coming from that is allowing the mold to grow. If you don’t find the source of your problem, all the work you are getting ready to do to remove the mold will serve no real purpose in the long run.
Dealing with mold is a nasty business. Not because it looks or smells nasty but, more importantly, because it is unsafe. Therefore, it is imperative that you wear protective gear as you perform the task at hand. Ideally, you should wear clothes you can easily launder, gloves, a mask to cover your mouth and nose, and goggles. This will help protect your hands, eyes, nose, mouth, and skin.
Determine the Size of the Contaminated Area.
The size of the contaminated area will play a huge role in the type of mold remediation Tampa residents perform. For instance, the CDC has suggestions for mold removal for smaller spaces (10 square feet) but recommends hiring professionals for larger areas. If you have a small area of mold on a hard surface, such as in your shower, you can likely remove it yourself using household products.
Dry Out the Area.
If you are dealing with water damage, you need to remove the water as quickly as possible. It is critical to dry out the area. Open all the doors and windows – even cabinet doors – to allow air to move. If you own a dehumidifier, this is also a great tool to use during the mold remediation process.
Isolate the Contaminated Area.
Mold grows from tiny spores that are in the air. Therefore, it is important to try to isolate or seal off the contaminated area to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of your home. For example, seal off the area with plastic sheeting and tape. It is also important to cover the air ducts to prevent the spores from moving outside the contaminated area.
Don’t Cover It.
One of the largest misconceptions about mold removal is that if you cover it with something like paint, it prevents the mold from coming back. This trick does not work. Instead, you should remove drywall or carpeting that was affected and replace it with new materials. This is far more effective. However, it is important to remember that if you haven’t found the source of moisture, you will run into future mold problems regardless.
Remove All Wet and Moldy Materials.
You must also remove all porous materials. Porous materials have pores that can easily be filled with liquid – or moisture – hence, more mold. In the home, carpeting, drywall, wallpaper, and ceiling tiles are typically porous. Again, don’t fall for the lie that you can cover it rather than remove it.
Carefully Bag the Trash
As already discussed, mold is a nasty business. Therefore, you shouldn’t just toss the discarded moldy materials in the regular trash. Instead, you should bag the trash and tie it up. It is recommended to be sealed tight before removing it from the contaminated area.
Hire the Mold Remediation Tampa Professionals at Dririte.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains, “This job may be too difficult or dangerous for you. It may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals if you can. Hire a mold inspection or remediation professional affiliated with or certified […] to inspect, repair, and restore the damaged parts of your home.”
Guess what? That’s us! Dririte prides itself on being fully licensed, insured, and certified. Our restoration technicians are all properly trained in mold remediation and ready to help you restore your property.