CBS reported this week that residents of a New York public housing facility are angry about how management has been dealing with their problems. Anytime the residents have issued complaints about mold, the New York Housing Authority has simply painted over the mold, instead of actually removing it. Unfortunately, the residents are now experiencing some physical symptoms of mold exposure, like asthma and lung infections.
The homeowner was not happy, a simple job can get real expensive when you add in a granite topped 10 foot Bathroom Cabinet. Had the homeowner hired a Handyman to do the job, they would have left the rest of the damage still hidden. Remember, always remove two additional feet on each side of the damaged area till it is clean. The sad part is that the Insurance Company denied the claim due to failure to maintain their mold removal services A/C properly.
Begin by removing any visible mold or mildew. This must be done outside, so mold spores aren’t released into your home. Have a bag, or multiple bags available to deposit removed mold in to. The mold should just brush off or scrape off easily. Anything that doesn’t come off easily can be removed in the cleaning process.
Molds do not choose a spot to grow. They grow almost everywhere as long as there is moisture and dampness. When one notices that a portion or a part of the house has too much moisture, it should be sought after right away. To prevent molds from growing in our homes, it should be well ventilated and ensured that there is no dampness as well as moisture. But when it is too late for prevention, it should be acted upon right away. We can detect mold growth when there is discoloration and musty earth smell.
I have seen lots of stuff on the Internet regarding what and what not should be required by the remediator. Just reading half of the posts shows me that these individuals have never done any form remediation work. A remediation job can be very complicated or simple. The New York City Guidelines for Mold Remediation can be helpful. A protocol can be written by a Certified Microbial Consultant but can be expensive due to time and costs to do a proper inspection.
Your bathroom is the perfect place for mold to thrive. The tiles of your floor get wet when you walk out of the shower and mold can grow in the creases of your tiles if you don’t put a rug or something down. It can also grow in your sink because you are always running water in your sink on a daily basis. Be sure to dry the floors in your bathroom after you take a shower so that mould doesn’t grow. Have a zenithlab service come right away if you find mold growing in your bathroom or any other area of your home or business.
The next step after removing and finding the source of the issues is to clean and remove the mold. Before this is even started it is advisable to prevent the spores from scattering. When the mold becomes airborne it will start to reproduce on whatever it lands on given the conditions are right. To prevent these areas of mold growth from spreading each area should be blocked off and cleaned separately. You can do this by sealing the room with plastic sheeting and place tape on the edges as a seal. Air purifiers are wise to run throughout the space.
In these ways, mold abatement, as well as prevention measures will turn your home into a cleaner and thus healthier haven. It is certainly better not to let mold adversely affect your home and health or even have a chance in doing so.