Found mold in your home and not sure what to do next? Leave it to the professionals to handle or you could end up making the problem worse.
The process for getting rid of mold in your home varies slightly depending on where the infestation is located. In this article, we will discuss some of the more common areas in which mold tends to grow and how we address those surfaces to ensure all the traces of mold have been removed and prevent it from ever returning.
Removing Mold From an Attic
Attics are a common space for mold to thrive because they are typically cool and damp. We rarely visit our attics like we do other parts of our homes, so mold can grow there for months without anyone noticing. Attics have ideal conditions for mold growth and homeowners often don’t notice mold until there’s a lot of it.
Though eradicating mold in an attic can be tricky, a seasoned mold remediation company should be able to tackle your mold problem no matter where it pops up. However, mold is hard to get rid of because it eats almost anything and only needs moisture to flourish.
Mold has a tendency to return again and again if it is not removed properly because the tiny spores spread easily. Part of the remediation process also includes taking measures to lower moisture levels, stifling future mold growth. The entire process requires great care and precision, so we never recommend that homeowners attempt to clean up a mold infestation on their own.
How To Remove Mold From Inside Walls
The first step of any knowledgeable mold remediation team will be to determine why the walls of your home are damp or wet so we can remove the mold as well as address its source.
Is it the result of nearby pipes that are badly insulated? Cracks in the walls can also lead to mold.
Here are the steps we take to get rid of that mold and keep it from coming back.
Tarp Everything Off
In order to protect the rest of your home, we tarp up the area so that the mold spores don’t travel from the impacted area to other nearby surfaces. Given a chance, those tiny spores will float off and take hold wherever they can find a bit of moisture to sustain them.
Dry The Area Thoroughly
Mold needs moisture to survive, so we pump any water out and dry the walls with high-grade fans.
Use Powerful Industrial Products
The professional mold killing products that Save The Day Restoration uses are the best on the market.
Black mold, for example, is nearly impossible to eradicate without a professional, specialized mold-killing treatment. In some cases, the mold infestation may have penetrated the drywall so deeply that it may be necessary to remove it entirely and replace it.
Rebuild Where Necessary
Mold eats into anything it can. If mold has weakened your walls, it can create a serious structural issue for your home. In the worst cases, we can restore your walls so they’re even stronger than before.
Make Sure Your Air Quality Is Safe
Mold is a health hazard so we need to test the air with sensitive equipment afterward. Not until our equipment shows that there are safe, moderate mold levels in the air will we consider our job complete and the space safe to inhabit once again.
How To Remove Mold From A Ceiling
First we need to inspect the floor above the ceiling, to determine whether that’s damaged too. If the ceiling mold is a result of water damage from a leak for example, we need to be sure it won’t happen again by addressing the source right away.
Then we follow the steps above for removing mold from the walls.
Removing Mold From A Floor
Did you have a leak or flood? In such cases, we begin by pumping out any pooled water from the floor and drying it thoroughly.
It’s important to catch all of it, so we use heavy duty pumps that can get into even the smallest cracks. That way, we can remove moisture from places it’s impossible to see with the naked eye.
Then the process is very similar to removing mold from the walls, as we explained above.
How Do You Get Rid Of Black Mold?
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get rid of black mold without professional mold removal. Even then, the more severe infestations are tricky for even the most experienced mold remediation experts.
It’s dangerous just to be in a property with black mold unless you have specialized breathing equipment. So as you can imagine, removing it and making those black mold spores airborne is a huge health risk if you’re not trained in mold removal.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN BLACK MOLD OR REMOVE IT YOURSELF. This will only make the problem worse and place your health at considerable risk. Contact a professional mold remediation team like Save the Day Restoration right away and we will deal with it safely and effectively.
Will Vinegar Kill Mold?
Some of our customers ask us whether you can use vinegar or bleach on mold. Though this home remedy has been known to be effective for small mold or mildew patches, we would never recommend it as a full-proof remediation method. Know that attempting to clean any form of mold, no matter how small, has the potential to make you sick and further spread the mold to other surfaces in your home.
Can I Use Bleach Or Vinegar On Black Mold?
Do you have black mold on the walls? Forget about DIY mold removal. It’s very dangerous and without the proper equipment and expertise, the risk is not worth the reward.
Read more about how mold damage can harm your family and pets in one of our recent blog posts here.
What Permanently Removes Mold From Home Surfaces?
It’s important to note that we can kill mold spores with powerful cleaning products and specialized equipment. Without these powerful means, the steps we take to contain spores from spreading and the safety equipment we wear to keep our team safe, it’s extremely difficult to conduct mold remediation in a safe and lasting way. Future mold infestation can return to the same wall or other nearby surfaces and you won’t know the difference.
Part of keeping mold from returning again is also taking steps to prevent excess moisture buildup. However, with good home ventilation, dehumidifiers where necessary and a bit of vigilance, we can get you set up with an environment that is inhospitable for future mold infestations.
Mold Removal In The Home: Costs
Mold removal costs depend on a few factors:
The size of the affected area.
What type of mold it is: black mold is more delicate to remove than other types of mold.
Whether it’s mildew vs mold damage: mildew is easier and therefore cheaper to remove.
To what extent the mold has damaged the structure of your home.
How much we need to rebuild or replace afterward.
Contact us for a free quote for mold removal in your Los Angeles home today.
Call Save The Day Restoration To Get Going On Your Mold
The bottom line when it comes to mold remediation and removal is that it is a job best left to the professionals. If you notice mold growing in your home, your best course of action is to contact a professional mold remediation company like Save the Day Restoration right away. Attempting to clean it on your own or ignoring it entirely will likely make the damage worse and put you and your loved ones at elevated risk for mold-related health issues.