It's important to understand what mold is and where it thrives. All molds are fungi, and share biology with mushrooms and athlete's foot, for example. The mold that is toxic to people is rare in the fungus kingdom, meaning most kinds aren't dangerous. However, some molds are dangerous, so any mold you find indoors must be mitigated and completely removed.
Government experts recommend that you reach out to a black mold remediation La Mirada CA company for help if the mold growth takes up more than 36 square inches. If you see mold, there is probably hidden mold behind walls, in attics and elsewhere.
Before you contact mold cleanup specialists, the first step is to stop the mold from growing. Do this by turning off any HVAC systems. Then, work to halt the moisture source that brought the mold. For example, fix leaky faucets or dry out standing water if you can. The next step is to contain the mold in as small an area as possible. You might tape off the area with plastic sheeting, for example.
Next, you're ready to figure out whether to get professional help. Consider not only the mold area, but also any exacerbating health issues you have. Allergy or asthma sufferers who have trouble breathing, for example, should not perform mold cleanup activities.
Once you've selected a solution, there are vital steps to take in either direction. If you're performing the cleanup, get started with gathering proper equipment and clothing. You'll need non-ventilated goggles, clothes that are easy to launder and that cover your extremities, a mold-safe mask and mold-approved gloves that reach at least to your forearms. You should also get new disposable rags and a disposable tarp or two that will help catch mold spores as you remove them. Experts agree that you should never leave moldy and unpainted drywall anywhere because it can't be cleaned thoroughly. Avoid cleaning with bleach.
If you're worried enough about mold damage to do online research, you need certified a professional mold removal company. If you choose to hire a mold mitigation company, find one local to your area because different kinds of mold grow in different geographic locations and you need technicians who know the right mold damage cleanup techniques to remove what you have located in your home or business. The more local, the better.
Check credentials before you hire a mold damage cleanup service. The State Office of Consumer Protection is a good place to begin, and you should check for approval by groups such as as the Restoration Industry Association, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration and Contractor Connection. You may also make sure the company knows and follows federal mold cleanup recommendations whether your mold is in a business or a residence.
Mold that is allowed to grow releases spores, which act like seeds and can cause damage to spread very quickly. If you don't, mold growths will keep eating on your home or business and will ruin your possessions. Some molds, those that release toxic spores, can also cause major health risks ranging from brain damage. Mold can be especially dangerous for infants, children, and anyone with a compromised immune system such as people with AIDS/HIV or lupus.
The best way to solve your mold damage is to get mold damage cleanup assistance. Don't wait another minute.