How to determine if I can handle the mold clean up in my house?
Do I need a professional mold remediation company?
Firstly, the source of the water intrusion needs to be resolved. If the source continues to allow water intrusion, the home will eventually return to an unhealthy condition.
You might want to consult a mold remediation company….
- If the visible mold spores affected area, from tip to tip, is larger than a 10 square foot area
- If you suspect that the heating ventilation system may be contaminated
- If the original water was from a black water source (sewage contamination)
- If you have health concerns of the occupants
There are numerous mold cleaning products on the market for consumer use. It is best not to use OVER USE any harsh chemicals. Simply scrub hard surfaces with a detergent and water, and let the area dry. It is very important to use personal protective equipment while cleaning: eyes, hands, and respiratory system. Upon completion of the cleaning, the area should be free of visible mold spores and musty, moldy odors (mold staining on structural materials may still be present). It is critical to monitor the affected area for a few months to make sure the area does not return to unhealthy. The area needs to continue to be dry, clean and odor free. If the area again begins to deteriorate, go back to correction of the source of water intrusion. It is possible that the original correction was not sufficient or there might a secondary source of water intrusion.
If you determine that your home or business has a mold problem, and the source of the moisture intrusion has been corrected, SERVPRO of Portage County can inspect and assess your property. If professional mold remediation is needed, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.