What Should I Do If I Find Mold?
Mold is natures way of breaking down organic material…nature’s recycler! Mold is found everywhere outside and enters homes through open doorwarys, windows, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Spores also enter homes through people by attaching to your clothing, shoes, bags, etc. In order for mold to thrive, it needs moisture and this is the reason why controlling indoor moisture and humidity levels is so important. The key to preventing mold growth is to maintain interior humidity levels between 30 to 40%, ensure that there is proper ventilation in bathrooms, and deal with leaks immediately.
If you find mold in your home or business, here are a few basic precautions you should take:
1. Minimize air flow around the mold.
2. Seal all air vents and windows to prevent cross contamination.
3. Minimize foot traffic.
Once you have done this, you need to contact a professional.
The key to preventing further mold growth and future problems is to ensure the job is done properly. How can you judge whether the company knows what they are doing and will do a good job? Here are some questions you should ask when you are in the process of hiring a mold remediation company:
1. Do they carry insurance?
2. Are the employees AMRT, WRT, FSRT certified?
3. Do they set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
4. Will they provide you with a detailed scope of work and remediation plan?
5. Do they use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
6. Are they willing to provide you with referrals and their contact details?
These are just some of the key questions you should ask when you are ready to hire a mold remediation professional.
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) September 11, 2012