Because of mold’s potentially toxic health effects, as well as the structural damage it can cause, it’s critical to take quick mold mitigation action if you find mold in your Homestead, FL home or business. What that action is depends on the severity of the problem and where the mold is found.
Find the Source of Moisture
Mold remediation won’t be successful if you don’t identify the source of the moisture. Spores will regrow, and your mold headache will flare up once again into a full-blown problem. A mold inspection from ServiceMaster by Enterprise will pinpoint the water source as well as document the extent of the contamination.
Nonporous materials such as tile, metal, hard plastics, glass, and concrete respond well to cleaning with an antimicrobial cleaner. Use a rag or scrub brush, and be sure to clean the surrounding area, too. These solutions can be powerful, so read and follow all safety precautions.
Mold Mitigation and Repair
Semi-porous and nonporous materials such as wood or drywall can be repaired as long the material is still structurally intact. The repair should extend at least 6 inches beyond the area that has mold growth. If the mold covers more than 10 square feet, replacement might be a better option.
Mold Mitigation and Replacement
Replacement is typically the best option for porous or absorbent materials such as carpeting, mattresses, or ceiling tiles. Because the mold can get into the crevices of these materials, it might not be possible to completely remove the mold despite a vigorous scrubbing with antimicrobial solutions.
Regardless of which method of mold mitigation is used, isolating the contaminated area keeps mold spores from spreading. It’s also a good idea to wear protective gear, especially a mask, gloves, and eye covering, during remediation. Depending on the extent of contamination, shoe and hair covers might be appropriate.