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Mold Removal Richmond - A Professional Guide to Mold Removal in Your Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

By: Andrew M. Bahen

Mold removal is the last thing that any home owner wants to worry about. That is because mold has a nasty reputation of destroying homes from the inside out. An untreated mold problem can spread easily, damaging walls and other property in no time. Mold removal services may one day become a necessity, but with a little hard work, any home owner can prevent a mold problem before it starts.

What To Know Before A Mold Removal Project 

The first and most obvious question to ask is, how much mold damage is present in the home? A home owner can attempt to complete their mold removal without professional assistance, but there may come a time when that home owner is in over their head. The EPA has estimated that any mold spreading within a ten foot radius is manageable by the home owner. Beyond that, it is highly recommended that you seek the aid of a professional mold removal crew. 

Your second question should be, what objects are affected? If the mold has spread to the structure of the home, such as the walls or floor, then you will have to clean immediately. However, if the mold has only affected moveable objects, such as tables or chairs, then you must remove them from the home to prevent the mold from spreading further. Such objects may be cleaned elsewhere, such as in a yard or garage. 

How To Deal With Mold Damage 

It is important that you contain the mold problem before it spreads. Improper mold removal may actually cause the mold spores to spread, reaching other regions of the home and continuing the infection. 

Health is your number one concern when dealing with a mold problem. If you suffer from asthma or serious allergies, than you must seek the help of a professional removal service. There is no reason to put your health at risk. Use respiratory protection and protective clothing at all times when completing mold removal. Any clothing worn during the mold removal process must be thrown out or cleaned as soon as possible. 

All moveable objects should be bagged and taken away from the home. While moving an infected object, the mold spores may fall off and spread elsewhere, which is why a cleanup bag must be used. Even so, be sure to clean your home once the mold removal process has been completed, to be sure that no spores were left behind. Even previously uninfected items must be cleaned, or you may experience another mold problem down the road. 

Mold damage can affect the structure of your home. If this is the case, you should schedule an inspection with a professional mold removal service, to be sure that your home is safe. In most cases, cleaning the walls or floor will be enough to stop the problem, but be aware that more severe infections may require reconstruction. Nevertheless, timing is key. Deal with any mold problems as soon as they are discovered to reduce the damage done to your home and your health. 

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