First, let's go over a quick review of what mold is. All molds are fungi, just like mushrooms and lichens, for example. The mold that is toxic to people is uncommon in the fungi kingdom, meaning most kinds you find in your house or business aren't harmful. However, some toxic molds are dangerous, so any mold you find indoors must be mitigated and completely removed.
The rule of thumb is to contact a black mold removal service Columbia MD company to clear the mold if it is more than 36 square inches.in area. When you see any large amount of mold growth, however, it's smart to call for cleanup assistance from professional mold removal services. The best mold removal services can help you make sure there is no hidden mold in other spots around the structure using tools such as hygrometers, thermometers, laboratory-grade mold test procedures and more.
Before you contact mold removal services, the first step is to stop the mold from growing. Turn off any ventilation. Next, work to stop the moisture source that brought the mold. Make sure damaged roofs are no longer dripping into your house or business and staunch the flow of any water that has seeped into your basement. Next, contain the problem. You could block off the area in question with disposable tarps, for example.
Should you get a professional company to help or can you do it on your own? Beyond thinking about the size of the problem, think about any aggravating health concerns you may have that make you prone to risk.
Once you've selected a solution, there are vital things to do. To do the mold removal yourself, gather supplies such as long mold-approved gloves, coveralls and a mold-safe mask and a pair of goggles. You will also need disposable plastic sheeting and tools to fix drywall, if that's where you found the mold. Health officials agree that you should avoid leaving drywall that has mold on it anywhere because it can't be cleaned well enough.
If you're worried enough about mold damage to look for solutions on the web, you need a professional mold removal company. Don't select a company focused on humid areas.
Before you choose anyone, check that they are licensed and registered properly and that they are approved by organizations such as the Contractor Connection, Restoration Industry Association and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration.
Mold left to grow sends off spores, which fly like dandelion seeds and can cause damage to spread in short order. If not, parasitic fungi will keep eating on your structure and can destroy your things.
The safest way to handle your mold growth is to get professional mold removal help. Don't hesitate.