Mold Damage Remediation
Mold and mildew are naturally occurring organic materials in the environment. When mold reaches a level in our homes beyond what is normal, however, it can prove hazardous to your health. Mold spores can release toxic chemicals called mycotoxins into the air, leading to increased risks for asthma, chronic sinusitus, and immune deficiencies.
The experts at Paul Davis Restoration are IICRC trained and certified in the proper mold remediation and mitigation techniques. Using moisture meters and infrared imaging, our technicians will identify the source of moisture and all affected areas. They will then begin immediate dehumidification and extraction to mitigate further damage, and utilize Hepa Vac and ion disinfecting processes to destroy mold growth in your home.
If you suspect your property has a problem with mold infiltration, call the experts at Paul Davis today at (800) 325.4636 for a free no-obligation inspection.
Mold Prevention Tips
The best way to thwart mold is through prevention. Here are some tips to consider.
- Keep indoor humidity below 60%.
- Fix leaks promptly
- Inspect your roof annually for leaks. Replace missing shingles or tiles. Check flashing installed between surfaces, including chimneys, vent stacks or dormers; they are often the most common sites for leaks.
- In any climate, attic ventilation is a must. This allows for warmer air to escape and better circulation.
- Inspect plumbed rooms, such as the kitchen, laundry room and bath for leaks or signs of leakage in water supply and waste lines.
- Make sure that shower walls and floor are structurally sound, and grout and joints are well sealed and in good condition.
- Keep gutters clear so water doesn’t collect.
- If you have a clothes dryer, make sure it vents to the outside.
- Clean drip pans from the refrigerator and air conditioner often.
What To Do if You Suspect Mold Infiltration
What do you do if you suspect that you have a mold problem? Here are some important things for you to know to address a mold situation.
- Open windows to circulate fresh air.
- Wear a mask, rubber gloves, and protective clothing if you must handle materials in mold-affected areas.
- Remove all clothing, towels, and other soft items and immediately wash and store elsewhere.
- If possible, locate and correct the source of the moisture.
- DO NOT sleep in any rooms where mold is present
- Many molds may require a high level of moisture during initial growth, but when mature, survive and reproduce indefinitely at much lower moisture levels, sometimes as low as standard indoor humidity levels.
- Mold growth can be effectively prevented only by quick and efficient drying, which removes the moisture necessary for initial mold growth before it can get a foothold.
- If you suspect mold, contact an experienced contractor certified in mold remediation.