For homeowners, visible mold growth is a red flag that means big trouble. Although the mold itself raises health concerns, the source of the mold is the urgent issue to tackle. If you see mold, it’s time to call a mold remediation specialist. Thankfully, this is not a common, everyday event for homeowners. But if the situation arises, the learning curve can be steep, and sometimes expensive. Before you get knee-deep in a mold remediation project, here is some advice from the pros at Advanced Restoration & Company.
First, what is “mold remediation”?
Mold remediation, or mold removal, is the process of thoroughly removing the presence of mold from a building. This process involves controlling/stopping the growth of mold, killing the mold, and removing all mold from the home.
The cause of mold growth can be one (or multiple) potential homeowner concerns. This includes water damage, leaks in your home’s plumbing, water seepage, HVAC condensation, broken appliances, clogged drains or gutters, leaks from the water heater, toilet leaks, or issues with your home’s roof water drainage. Although mold is a serious concern, left untreated, these sources of water damage may continue to damage your home’s structure.
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Do I need to hire a professional?
Mold spreads quickly and damages homes as it breaks down natural fibers like wood (lumber) and gypsum (sheetrock). Furthermore, some of the health concerns it creates can be very serious. Mold grows and spreads by releasing microscopic spores into the air. Because of the way mold grows, it can be extremely difficult to contain. For this reason, hiring a professional mold remediation specialist is strongly recommended.
If you notice mold growth in any area of your home, then it’s time to call a professional. Besides removing and stopping the growth of mold, a specialist addresses the source of the mold. To effectively stop mold from spreading, repairs may be required. Repairs can include fixing leaky pipes, drains, or damaged exterior structures that are letting outside water seep inside. If the source of water damage is untreated, the problem will happen. Over and over again.
Most often, the source of water intrusion is not easily seen or is completely hidden behind walls or ceilings. A professional mold remediation specialist has the training, experience, and tools to thoroughly assess a mold problem. Additionally, certified mold specialists are familiar with the most effective technologies and techniques available. However, most importantly, a mold specialist will best know how to thoroughly remove all mold and prevent regrowth.
How long should I wait before calling a mold remediation specialist?
Every pro will tell you the same thing: do not wait. Why? Because mold and the water damage that caused it will likely get worse with time, increasing the damage. The longer mold or water damage goes without treatment, the more significant the damage may be. For this reason, reputable mold remediation specialists often offer free evaluations to prospective customers.
To summarize, if you see mold or other signs of water damage, it’s time to call a pro and request a free evaluation. For homeowners in south Florida, water damage is the second-most frequent claim against a homeowner’s insurance policy. Advanced Restoration & Company helps homeowners throughout south Florida repair water damage and remediate mold. For a free, non-invasive estimate, call today!