Let us all understand this: all mold needs to grow is some levels of humidity – around the windows or in the bathroom. Feed it with some organic sources, like wood, leather, and cotton and see it grow within hours. To put it simply, mold may grow at any part of the house. It may be a result of high condensation or actual water leaks.
Now, mold due to water damage is often a big problem. That’s because if water has done enough damage to give room for mold contamination, the conditions are great for the spores to quickly grow and spread. This is really bad news, if you consider that some water leaks are underground and so, the flipped side of your carpet may be fully contaminated with mold. And that’s one sole example. The same thing may happen with your walls. It all depends on the extent of the mold infestation, how quickly water damage was restored, and the type of mold.
Oh, yes! There’s that too. Not all mold types are the same. And there’s quite a large number of home mold types, to be honest. Well, depending on the mold, the extent of the contamination, the work of the water damage restoration company, the remediation solutions may vary.
How well the water damage restoration was done?
Let me say at this point that it’s hard to distinguish the different types of house molds. And so, it’s best to find a mold removal service team. Not only to identify the mold type and thus offer the right solution but to do it harmlessly and effectively. May I add that mold is hard to remove?
When we talk about mold caused by condensation around the windows, for example, or in the bathroom, it’s not only about finding solutions to remove mold; it’s primarily important to fight the high humidity. Otherwise, mold will keep coming back.
Similar thing – only in a greater extent, happens with mold caused due to water leakage. It’s important that the water damage restoration service is done right and everything is fully dried and dehumidified. If not, mold may still grow.
The mold cleanup solutions vary
The worse type of water damage is when the water is black. That’s sewage/toilet water. It’s contaminated water. Grey water – that’s which is stagnant and, thus, gradually contaminated, is also bad news. When mold grows in such high-risk contaminated areas, it’s riskier to your health – even as you try to clean it.
While the mold removal and cleanup solutions vary based on the extent of the infestation and the problem – the mold type too, it’s best that the remedies hit the roots. For example, if you suspect extensive mold in the ductwork and the tubes are quite old, it’s best to plan their replacement. Same thing with carpets and all other absorbent materials, which cannot be effectively cleaned. It’s best to throw away the carpet, some fabrics and upholstery, or even replace tiles than take chances.
Mold prevention is more effective than mold remediation
Let’s talk about everyday life, shall we? Since there’s always going to be humidity and warmth – the perfect environment for mold growth, when you shower, what can you do? In one sentence: you need to keep the humidity levels at minimum. And you can do that with good ventilation and avoiding leaving wet towels around. Then, you can invest in anti-mold materials, avoiding grout that’s absorbent and the usual place mold gathers.
If there’s some leakage, you need to be sure the problem is fixed and the water damage cleanup and drying perfectly done. Don’t try to hide the problem – mold, in our case, by painting over it or sealing the already contaminated grout. Yes, you can use a brush and soap to remove some mold signs in the shower. But mold prevention is always best – achieved with moisture control.