Guide to Taking Care of Molds After Water Damage

Experiencing water damage is something that is virtually unavoidable, like other forms of accidents. These damages could be as a result of damaged water pipes, floods or heavy downpours. Regardless of what caused the water damage, if not properly taken care of, it can result to mold formation, since molds thrive in a humid environment that is often created when proper drying is not carried out. After the occurrence of water damage in your home, it leaves that part of your house wet and often all the damaged property will be wet too. It is your responsibility to dry the water, or employ the services of a professional, in order to prevent the formation of mold.

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It is important to note that mold removal cannot be quoted over the phone. So you need a proper mold inspection carried out, to determine the scope of work. When you decide to employ the services of a mold removal company, there are some important questions that need to be answered, in order for the mold removal team to do their job properly. Some of these questions are, do we need to Ice Blast the mold?, how much of the dry wall should be removed? What is the best method necessary to remove the mold? What procedure will the teams on site follow? All that should be in the scope. The inspection should help the mold removal team understand how the mold growth occurred i.e. the source of the mold growth, and how the causes of the mold can be fixed effectively to make sure your indoor environment is returned to a safe and healthy one.

You should choose a mold removal company that can have one of their trained and experienced inspectors carry out a free visible mold inspection, and upon completion, should be able to provide you with a free estimate. This would help you in determining if you need to add more money to your initial budget or not.

If needed, a third party hygienist, environmentalist will be introduced should the inspector from the mold removal company think the scope is unclear or bigger than anticipated. Employing the services of a 3rd party hygienist will also help in determining the scope of the work that needs to be done.

In some cases, mold testing or air sampling will be required to determine if the mold spores have spread to other areas of your indoor environment and to ensure that your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your loved ones. So you need to work with a mold removal company that can effectively carry out this test. Mold spores are microscopic and without air testing it is impossible to determine if there are any unwanted mold spores in your indoor air that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

If after the occurrence of water damage, you start noticing the formation of mold, you need to employ the services of a mold removal company, which is much easier if you follow the guide provided here. Ask the right questions, bring in the right experts, check credentials and ask for written scopes.

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