How To Tackle Mold Growth In The House?
Molds can cause unanticipated damages to property and health hazards to inmates of a house. Mold remediation is quite expensive. So the earlier you get it done, the better. Molds are basically a type of fungus. They flourish well in moist and warm environment and in dark spaces. They need decaying organic matter to sustain themselves. Homes with high humidity level run a high risk of being affected by molds. Molds are often founds in drywall, window frames, carpeted or un carpeted flooring, bathroom tile, ducts and HVAC parts, interior insulation, basement or crawlspace. The moisture in the house can be due plumbing to problems-
• leaky roof
• bad drainage
• water run-off from showers and bath tubs
• Leaky pipes
Molds can cause structural damage to your house. Molds can also cause a variety of health problems such as skin irritation, breathing difficulties, allergic reactions and headaches. It can cause irritation of the lungs, nose, throat or eyes. It can trigger asthma attacks in people who are allergic.
If you suspect the growth of molds inside the house, you should calla professional ASAP to inspect and conduct a test to confirm your suspicion. Many contractors offer free testing. These professionals possess precise working knowledge of sampling methods and protocols. These protocols are stipulated by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists or the American Industrial Hygiene Association. If the mold has affected a very small area, you can clean it yourself. But before you clean it up you should know if the black or greyish patch is mold. To do so you can send a small portion of it in a sticky-tape to a nearby microbiological laboratory. But before you do so, wear protective clothing. Close your eyes and nose. Here are steps to clean molds that have affected a very small area.
1. Make a solution by mixing a teaspoon of soda to two cups of water.
2. Fill a spray bottle with the solution.
3. Spray the moldy area and scrub it with a scrub brush.
4. Rinse the area.
5. Do the treatment again. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.
If molds have affected your carpets then you will need wet vacuum to pull moisture out from the carpet and wood. You can rent them for $30 per day. These can also be bought for $80 and $200.
Do not attempt to remove molds if they have affected a large area. You may end up releasing the mold spores that will contaminate the whole house. Removing molds needs using special solution that will terminate their growth. , Besides this specialized protective and disposal equipment will be required. Removing molds can cost you upwards of $10,000. The national average of removing molds is just over $7,500. Professional mold removal procedure uses a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum. This is quite an expensive piece of machinery that makes use of special filters and powerful suction to remove mold from materials.
Disclaimer: Although rates quoted throughout the page are typical average rates that can be seen across USA, they can vary in certain areas depending upon city and the variables associated with each individual project.