First, let's go over a quick review of what mold is. Every kind of mold is a fungus, just like mushrooms and athlete's foot, for example. The mold that is toxic to people is relatively uncommon in the fungi kingdom, meaning most kinds aren't harmful. However, some are dangerous, so any mold in your home or business must be mitigated and completely removed.
Government experts recommend that you reach out to a black mold remediation Glenelg MD company for assistance if the mold growth takes up more than 9 square feet. This is because if you see mold, there is probably hidden mold behind walls, in attics and elsewhere.
Before you contact mold damage repair technicians, the first step is to prevent the mold from getting worse. Do this by turning off any ventilation. Then, work to halt the dripping or condensation that brought the mold. For example, clear standing water and fix plumbing problems if you can. The next step is to contain the problem. You could tape off the area in question with plastic sheeting, for example.
Should you get a mold removal company to help or can you complete it on your own? Beyond thinking about the size of the problem, consider any exacerbating health concerns you may have that make you prone to risk.
Once you've made the decision, there are important things to do. If you're going at it alone, begin with gathering proper equipment and clothing. You'll need non-ventilated goggles, clothing items that are easy to wash and that cover your arms and legs, a mold-safe mask and mold-approved gloves that reach at least to your forearms. You will also want dedicated sponges and a disposable tarp or two that will help catch mold spores as you remove them. Mold removal specialists agree that you should not leave moldy and unpainted drywall anywhere you find it because it can't be cleaned thoroughly. Avoid cleaning with bleach.
If you're concerned enough about mold damage to do online research, you will want a professional mold removal service. For example, don't select a mitigation service focused on humid areas.
Check credentials before you hire a mold removal company. The State Office of Consumer Protection is a good place to start, and you can check for approval by groups such as as the Restoration Industry Association, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration and Contractor Connection. You might also make sure the company knows and follows federal mold cleanup recommendations whether your mold is in a business or a residence.
Mold that is allowed to grow releases spores, which fly like dandelion seeds and can harm your possessions in short order. If not, mold damage will keep eating on your structure and will destroy your things. Some molds, those that release mycotoxins, can also cause sever health risks ranging from neurological damage to respiratory and mold-related illnesses and ongoing ill health. Mold can be particularly dangerous for infants, children, and anyone with a compromised immune system such as people with AIDS/HIV or lupus.
The best way to clean up your mold growth is to get professional mold damage help. Don't wait another minute.