Water Damage Mold is a killer. It’s a fungus that spreads on surfaces exposed to moisture.
It destroys property and spreads disease. Virulent and difficult to destroy, mold spreads across and behind drywall and tile, through wallpaper and paneling. It contributes to asthma and sinus problems as well as allergies and lung problems. The cost of repair, replacement, and cure is enormous.
Mold is a naturally occurring organic fungus. You have all seen it in the shower or in grout lines between tiles. House-cleaning usually takes care of this. If it appears to be more serious because of lack of care, you can clean it up fairly easily:
- Wear protective gear, including mask, goggles, and rubber gloves.
- Scour the area with a wire brush. Dispose of debris in a sealed plastic bag to avoid spreading the problem.
- Wash the area with warm water and soap.
- Apply disinfectants, including commercial anti-mold products, vinegar, tea-tree oil, or grapefruit seed extract – according to directions.
- Allow the area to air dry.
Where the damage is larger, after flood or storm,.you need more powerful and specialized remediation. As you recover, you are urged to move “dry” items outside and separated from “wet” items.You need to remove water, and, then, destroy everything that is wet lest you bring infection back into the home. (Some furniture and household items may be treated with mold disinfectants.)
But, this task is physically and emotionally daunting. Because mold spreads so quickly, it will race ahead of the average personal effort. The only realistic solution is to hire a contractor that specializes in water damage recovery.
- Talk to your insurance claims adjustor for a reference. Insurance companies list preferred contractors whose work, quality, and price they trust.
- Confirm the contractor is licensed. The most professional contractor is EPA Certified, a designated Certified Mold Remediator (CMR), listed with the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and holds an Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certificate (IICRC). You have to remember that the contractor who removes damage may not be the one to repair and rebuild.
- Seek referrals from others suffering damage or from business bureaus.
- Examine the contractor’s insurance coverage.
- Secure a firm bid on the service needed.
Mold is not your friend. Day to day, you can manage it with normal household hygiene. But, when you are hit by plumping damage, storm, or flood, you need to act fast and prudently.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage and water damage restoration services. provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.