Ask any homeowner which household problem they would least like to deal with, and mold will likely rank high on their list. Would you be surprised to learn that there is mold in practically every home and building in the State of Ohio? It’s true. Mold spores have the ability to survive, and even flourish in a typical indoor-living environment. If you find mold inside your home, don’t panic.
Know When to Call a Professional
Once you’ve discovered mold within your home, your first priority should be to determine whether removal of the mold can be properly addressed using a do-it-yourself approach, or if your situation requires the services of a professional mold remediation company. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends calling in a professional if the area of mold is larger than three feet by three feet. If liquid present during mold growth was contaminated by sewage or chemicals, they advise it is best to contact a professional as well.
We’ve got the experience and professionally-trained staff you need. For over thirty years, the professionals at Allphase Restoration and Construction have helped Columbus, Ohio homeowners eliminate the presence of mold, and prevent future growth from occurring. When you call us, you can be confident that you have chosen the very best in the business.
When determining how to approach any mold problem, keep in mind that mold can cause serious health issues for those with respiratory issues or allergies. You should never begin removing or cleaning any mold without educating yourself and making a proper plan first. The EPA recommends, at minimum, elbow-length gloves, an N95 respirator and eye protection be worn even when cleaning or removing very small amounts of mold. Mold can be dangerous, and individuals who are exposed may experience symptoms ranging from eye irritation and nasal congestion, to more serious health effects such as shortness of breath and severe asthma attacks.
Eliminate the Source
Where there is mold, there is moisture. If you remove the mold without determining and eliminating the source of moisture, the mold will soon reappear. Sometimes it’s easy to determine where the water came from; like in the case of a flood, backed-up sewer or burst pipe. Other times, it requires a bit of detective work to figure out where the water is coming from. When you call Allphase Restoration, you will eliminate the guesswork, and we’ll determine the exact conditions inside your home that are at the root of your mold problem(s). Once you contact us, we can swiftly locate and eliminate the moisture source.
All Affected Areas Must be Completely Dried
If even a small amount of moisture is left behind during the clean-up process, mold will often reappear within days. Allphase Restoration understands this, and that’s why we utilize professional and industrial grade drying equipment to ensure every last inch of the treated area is completely dry. It can be difficult, if not impossible without specialized equipment and proper training, to achieve a totally moisture-free surface or environment.
Stop Mold Growth Before it can Damage your Home
Once you spend time and money to eliminate mold and protect the health of your family, you’ll want to reduce your risk for future problems. A bit of maintenance now can reduce the chance of mold-related damage to your home in the future.
5 Top Tips to Prevent Mold
- Always dry wet surfaces as soon as possible.
- Keep the humidity level in your home at no greater than 60%.
- Install and use ventilating fans in bathrooms, kitchens and other damp areas.
- Frequently inspect gutters and downspouts to be sure water is being directed away from your home’s foundation and roofing materials.
- When purchasing materials for home renovation projects, consider selecting one of the many products on the market designed to prevent and decrease mold growth.
Preventive maintenance and planning ahead can reduce mold in your home, but even the best maintenance and prevention methods can never completely eliminate mold risk. From unexpected flooding to excess humidity, Allphase Restoration and Construction will be here when you need us. We can diagnose and correct any mold problem quickly and effectively.Whether you need a little help or a lot, we are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy home environment you and your family can enjoy for years to come.