Mold growth can pose a significant risk to your health…
Common Causes of Mold
The root cause of mold is excess moisture in your home. It’s important to note that mold can grow anywhere. It doesn’t even need light to grow. So, you can find it anywhere that water is leaking. Mostly mold grows in dark places where the humidity is high. Leaking pipes and roofs are among the most common causes for mold growth.
Floods can also create an environment for mold to grow. As the flood water comes into your home and flows into unseen nooks and crannies in your home, mold can find a place to grow and thrive. Any event that causes water damages facilitates the growth of mold. That’s why it’s important that any flood cleanup plan include mold remediation efforts.
Living in a home where it is not properly ventilated can cause excess moisture to be stuck in your home and can be a cause of mold. You should ensure that your home is well ventilated so that excess moisture flows naturally in and out of your house. Moisture is everywhere. Even in our breath and sweat from our bodies. Without proper flow, it can become trapped in your walls or furniture and cause mold growth.
Common Signs of Mold
Sometimes mold can go unnoticed for a long time. Usually, people find out they have mold when it is fully grown. This is because mold grows in dark areas. It can grow even under your carpet or in the basement. Sometimes you may need to call the experts to help you identify mold. Dark mold is very toxic and requires trained professionals, such as the ones from Toronto Restoration Services to address it.
The first and most obvious sign of mold is seeing the mold itself. When you are in a bathroom, for example, you may notice something growing on the walls or ceiling.
Another sign of mold is health related. Most people are allergic to mold as it releases some toxic spores. If you notice that when someone walks in the bathroom or in your house and start having some allergic reactions, you might have mold. Sneezing is the common allergic reaction to mold. Other serious illness such as respiratory diseases may occur due to long exposure to mold. Prolonged exposure to mold can cause significant damage to your health. Therefore, steer clear of any areas that show signs of mold at the first sighting and promptly reach out to mold removal experts trained in mold identification and remediation.
A common sign of mold is a strange odor. Mold releases some spores that have a strange odor. If you are detecting odors similar to that of dampness it’s possible that it may be mold-related.
Our Mold Remediation Process
It’s recommended that at the first sign of mold you call one of the trusted mold removal companies. This is because the longer you wait before mold removal, the more damage your home will sustains. Our professional mold removal team follows these steps in addressing your mold problems:
Assessment – Before our experts can carry out mold removal, they have to identify what type of mold you have. This step involves carrying out some basic tests to make sure they understand the mold you have before treating it. This gives them a good idea of what products to use and how to go about the cleaning process.
Containment and filtration – When working with mold, a lot of precautions are needed. First, the mold needs to be contained to ensure that as it’s being worked on, it doesn’t spread to other places. The spores can spread and cause other problems when not handled properly.
The second step is filtration. HEPA filters should be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. Protective gear is also important as the mold is toxic to humans. The team of experts wears protective gear such as goggles and gloves to make sure they don’t make direct contact with the mold.
Mold removal – This is the step where mold is treated and removed. It can be removed using many methods depending on what our experts determine most appropriate. It’s advisable that anything that cannot be cleaned of the mold be disposed of.
All the mold spores should also be cleaned. Especially the ones that are at risk of entering your ventilation system or your heating and air conditioner system. This step is crucial as it’s the inhalation of mold spores that brings can cause health complications.
After proper cleaning, drying is also required. Everything that was cleaned should be properly dried to avoid bringing moisture back in the house. You can also repair or replace any other thing that couldn’t be saved.
Decontamination and Odor Control – Even after cleaning the mold, you may still have the musty odor in your home. That is why this step is necessary. This ensures that your home is pleasant and comfortable to live in.
Verification and Testing – After everything is done, our experts will return to your home to verify that the cleaning process was successful and to ensure that there are any lingering signs of mold.
If you suspect you have mold in your home, make sure you seek help. Proper mold removal is necessary as soon as mold is suspected. Delays at this stage can increase risks to your property as well as your family’s health. Mold remediation services such as those provided by Toronto Restoration Services can help save your home and the health and wellbeing of your family.