Your home is a fortress against the world and your protection against the elements of nature, including cold, heat, and moisture. But when moisture finds its way into your home and causes damage to the interior and its structure, mold growth is a problem that is not only damaging to materials but to your health, as well. The following are some essential recommendations to help you repair your home interior after discovering mold and mildew growth resulting from a moisture leak problem.
When a moisture leak occurs, you usually begin to go through the area and determine how far the extent of the damage reaches. Salvage the items and materials you can, drying out wood, carpeting, and furnishings, but keep in mind that you will need to replace some items.
For example, drywall will likely need to be removed and replaced because of its porous structure that holds in moisture. Fibrous insulation will also need removal: once the fibers of batting insulation are saturated, they lose their insulative properties. Replace fibrous insulation with a kind that has moisture-resistant properties, such as spray foam insulation. This type of insulation also seals in the area completely when the insulation expands in place, and its exterior remains non-porous to keep moisture from being absorbed.
Remove Mold Growth
Next, you will need to address any surfaces that do not need replacement but that have mold growth upon them. For example, wood structural beams and non-porous flooring can generally be fully cleaned of any mold growth and can be salvaged. You can find several products to clean the mold and destroy any mold spores remaining on or in the surface to restore the areas.
It is important to remove the visible mold and treat it for further growth. The reason for this is that if the surface becomes wet again, any microscopic mold spores will begin to grow. Wipe the visible mold from surfaces with a rag or cloth and discard the cleaning rag or clog after clean-up.
Look for a mold removal spray at your nearby home improvement store to clean and treat any areas of mold growth inside your home. You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a surface treatment solution or a mixture of bleach and water, allowing the bleach solution to dry upon the affected surface.
You can also hire a professional mold remediation company to remove the mold and clean up the area. Professional mold clean-up is recommended when the mold growth in your home is in or on a large surface area or is behind walls and under flooring where it is difficult for you to reach and clean up.
For more information, contact a company like DiBiaso's Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.Share
28 October 2019
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