Mold Damage Restoration
First, identification of the mold is a necessity. Other elements can look like mold but are everyday dirt or grime. Visible mold growth may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery, and may have varied colors like white, gray, brown, black, yellow, or green. Mold often appears as discoloration, staining, or fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials or furnishings. If you discover visible mold growth, call mold remediation professionals like The Contents Specialists to analyze the growth and have it tested and identified. Various types of mold have different health detriments and can cause degrees of damage to contents. In some cases, an air sample may be needed to identify the level of spores in various areas of the property.
Spores have living bacteria that grow and feed on the organic matter and proteins in the area. If the environment and food supply allow, mold will continue to grow exponentially.
While mold thrives in areas with humidity levels upwards of 65%, we can also find it in areas with lower humidity levels.
Cleaning Mold Damaged Property and Items
Mold can cause a variety of health concerns depending on the severity, type, and disturbance. A multitude of spores called conidia can be introduced into the air if slightly disturbed. This Conidia can get into the lungs, eyes, ears, and throat and cause health issues. The inhalation of certain types of Conidia can be 90% worse than injection.
The reason that mold needs to be removed from the property quickly is that even when killed with an anti-microbial, mold spores can still be harmful. It is necessary to not only kill the spores but also ensure you are removing them with few to no spores left over at the end of the process.
The longer the mold grows on an item, the more it will eventually cause irreparable damage. Mold grows in a 360-degree range, meaning the mold grows across from, away from, and into the material. The longer mold has burrowed into a material, the less likely full remediation is possible.
Recovering Mold Damaged Property and Items
Any potential disturbance may spread the airborne spores to other areas. Containment will ensure airborne spores will not spread to other parts of the house. The mold is then killed with an anti-microbial solution and removed utilizing a HEPA vacuum to minimalize the chance of stray spores. Once properly removed and the contents treated with an anti-microbial, we remove them from the property and bring them to our Technical Cleaning Facility for further cleaning and processing.
What happens if Mold Restoration is not done correctly?
If addressed improperly, mold will continue to grow with a high chance of cross-contamination to other areas and onto other items. When an unqualified, unskilled person tries to clean up mold, they are only further contaminating the area and presenting potential health risks to themselves and others.
If not addressed at all, the mold will continue to grow and live off of the contents’ material, causing irreparable damage. The only correct way to take care of mold is to have qualified specialists like The Contents Specialists perform the necessary steps to ensure against cross-contamination and further damage.253-277-3114