Mold growth can also be brought about by a number of factors. These include: flood damage, excess moisture in the air due to faulty leaky pipes, construction materials that have not been properly dried after being exposed to rain or snow, substandard building materials that are now showing signs of rotting or visible damage from the elements. Although flooding is undeniably one of the most destructive forms of water damage, there are a number of ways in which it can be handled to limit the scope and extent of mold growth. First and foremost, it is important for homeowners to remember that water damage does not always involve mold growth; this is particularly so where the only damage caused is relatively superficial - for example, broken windows and ceiling panels. This is because most mold removal methods are targeted at surface mold exposure. However, if water penetrates the walls and floors below (as in the case of basements and attics), it may not be possible to remove the source of water at such a deep level.
Mold remediation professionals have developed a wide range of techniques and equipment used in the process of mold removal. Mold Experts employ a wide range of methods and products for successfully removing molds from commercial and residential properties. One of the most effective techniques is the use of Water Assisted Mold Remediation (WAM). With WAM, mold removal is made easier by using cleaning agents which have a significantly lower percentage of toxins than those used by traditional mold removal methods.
A wide range of companies offer WAM services to both residential and commercial clients. These companies employ teams of certified professional mold inspectors who assess the extent of mold contamination and if necessary, recommend the appropriate remediation technique for each case. The Clean Air Force also offers WAM to help individuals and businesses to clean their homes and offices to prevent the re-occurrence of mold contamination. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 90% of commercial establishments around the country have at least some mold contamination in the air. The presence of mold in your home can mean increased health risks, especially if you or members of your household are suffering from allergies or asthma.
However, although experts agree that mold removal is best left to the professionals, a growing number of homeowners are choosing to clean up their homes on their own. In these cases, homeowners use a variety of techniques, ranging from bleach water extraction (CWE) to UV light exposure, or even dry cleaning. However, when it comes to reducing the levels of mold in indoor environments, it is important to know and follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your products. Unfortunately, many people do not take this step seriously and end up causing more damage to their homes by over cleaning with an ineffective method. Here are some common mistakes that amateur cleaners often make:
Lack of understanding of your Mold Removal Service - If you lack the expertise required to identify the exact cause of a mold situation, you will likely fail when attempting to clean it. For example, in cases where moisture has been a contributing factor, your initial remediation plan may include pumping out the excess water and then sealing off the area. If you fail to follow through with this plan, you may not be able to completely eliminate the mold spores and other reproductive organisms that were present in the water. This mistake could end up costing you more time and money as mold may begin to spread again once the contaminated area is once again free of moisture.
Using Bleach - When bleach is used for mold removal purposes, it is commonly mixed with water. However, this should not be the case as bleach is harsh and capable of hurting more delicate surfaces, such as those that can be found on wooden floors. Instead, it is better to use mild cleaners and only use a small amount of bleach to get the job done. Another great tip to remember is that it is much safer to work in larger groups rather than one on one cleaning. By following this precaution and by wearing gloves and eye protection while working, you will greatly reduce the amount of time you are exposed to potentially harmful spores.
Cleaning Mistakes - Most people are aware of the fact that cleaning with water is not always effective as there are some mold spores that cannot be eradicated by water. Mold growth can also occur in areas where air is trapped, such as those in basements and attics. To make matters worse, mold spores are able to breed in areas that experience a great deal of moisture, such as the bottom of a mattress and even in the shower stall or near a toilet. To address both of these issues, make sure to only use products that do not contain any abrasive material and that are meant for use in mold remediation. By doing this, you will greatly help your chances of successfully mold remediation and removing any potential health concerns associated with it.