Mold Damage Repair Tips
If you have mold damage in your home or business, then you need the mold remediation experts at Assurance Restoration! Mold is a pervasive fungi that grows easily in damp, humid areas around the home. It is most easily seen after sprouting spores. There are various kinds of molds that differ in appearance and potency. Some strains are manageable with household chemicals, while others are more dangerous and should be handled by a professional mold damage repair service in Tulsa.
Treating Small Mold Growths
The first step is the most important: eliminate the environmental conditions responsible for the mold. Commonly found in basements, mold occurs in places that tend to be dark and damp. A dehumidifier and a cleaning solution may remove small spots. Using sunlight, applying dry heat, or improving home ventilation are all viable mold-prevention tactics.
Concrete floors in basements and garages can be protected with a polyurethane coating to reduce moisture. You may need to replace spots of damaged drywall or other porous building materials. If wood or another material needs to be replaced, try using non-porous replacement parts. Mold can grow within the fibers of carpeting or the air pockets in some plasters, and heavy infestations of mold tend to be impossible to remove, leaving the mold damage severe.
When dealing with family heirlooms, expensive furniture, and special woodwork, contact a restoration expert. Older material becomes more porous with age, and the extent of the spores’ damage is often difficult to determine without experience.
Tips for Handling Mold Damage
Never clean or handle mold without a respirator, gloves, and eye protection. Airborne spores are rarely life-threatening, but they do contribute to allergies and can be a health hazard to those with asthma. Some strains of mold are toxic. Stachybotrys, commonly known as ‘black mold’ or ‘toxic mold’, is easily identified by its greasy, black spores. The mold is known for producing mycotoxins that in humans cause inflammation, immune system and nervous system damage, and respiratory problems.
Never seal mold against a wall or baseboard with paint, caulk, or any other surface. Most films will bubble and break. The spores will need to be cleaned and surface sanded before applying any fresh coats.
Contact the Tulsa Mold Damage Repair Team
If the mold growth is in the carpeting, behind the drywall, in the ceiling plaster, or ingrained in woodwork, contact a professional. Some extreme mold growths are more easily solved with demolition than meticulously removing spores from the structure, so always address mold growth immediately.
If you need help tackling extensive mold damage, Assurance Restoration can help today! We also offer home inspections. To contact a member of mold remediation team, please call us at 918-295-8400.