The dangers of mold for humans have been making headlines for years—particularly the often serious repercussions of long-term black mold exposure. While individuals with asthma and allergy sensitivities tend to feel the effects before many others, mold can cause or exacerbate symptoms such as:
- Stuffy Sinuses
- Itchy, Watery Eyes
- Shortness of Breath
- Skin Itching and/or Whelps
Mold can proliferate anywhere inside the Lenexa home where there is moisture or excessive humidity, so it can occur year round depending on the local climate. However, they are most prolific in basements, bathrooms and in areas where leaks have sprung (attics, pipes, etc.). Here are the key steps to effective professional home mold remediation.
Step #1: Locate the Moisture Source
Occupants are most likely to notice mold via the smell and/or by spotting telltale signs of moisture or mold itself on walls or ceilings. Often, mold grows in darker areas of a home, where light is dim or there is no direct sunlight. Mold can be an invisible invader which is why seeking professional help early on can be invaluable. Primarily, there will be a leak or other source of moisture that causes mold growth, so it's essential to know where that source is located. This allows the issue to be stopped at the source—even when it's hidden—to prevent mold from spreading, recurring or causing additional damage.
Step #2: Call a Professional Mold Treatment Company or Create a Remediation Plan
Due to the dangers and complexity of the mold remediation process, it is almost always the best course of action to contact a professional to create mold eradication plans. In fact, mold eradication can actually call for the owners to be removed from the home entirely while removal is underway depending on the level of mold present. Hence, the next step after identifying the mold's source is to determine exactly how widespread the contamination is.
One of most common methods of testing for mold include taking of air samples throughout suspected areas noted by homeowners and amid other areas that the experts know as ‘hot spots' for mold growth. A second and more precise option—especially concerning mold spore identification—is to take actual samples of the mold present in the home. Both homeowners and mold eradication professionals can send these off to a laboratory for expert analysis.
Step #3: Remediate Mold Contamination
There are multiple steps to successfully eliminating mold, preventing its recurrence and making previously contaminated areas look as good as new. Steps taken by professionals include:
- Repairing the existing source of water to prevent new growth.
- Isolating contaminated areas to prevent spreading and spores from crossing into unexposed areas through a misting process.
- Removing all contaminated materials.
- Thoroughly cleaning any affected areas and everything within the ‘contamination zone.'
- Allowing all cleaned and previously moist areas to dry thoroughly.
- Replacing all materials that were removed due to contamination.
These steps can be complex for even the most skilled DIY'er, so give the professional route strong consideration.
Step #4: Making Sure Mold is Truly Gone
Once any smells or visual signs of the mold are gone, it does not necessarily mean that the mold is actually gone forever. After all, mold spores spread very easily, which is why the pros are typically needed for a solid result in eradication procedures. Be sure to have a mold test performed again, and most professional companies will offer a complimentary follow up after they perform these services. If mold is still determined, individuals will likely receive further assistance via the warranty provided by the contractor.