Home Mold Cleanup – Advantages of Working with
Five Star Restoration
After a mold removal is performed, you should choose Five Star Restoration to complete the Home Mold Cleanup to avoid recontamination.
We help you through every step of the cleanup process. We treat mold damage with state-of-the-art equipment and proven techniques to make sure that your home is secure at all times. We use only the best cleaning materials and equipment to ensure excellent service.
Our team is dedicated to providing our customers with fast service and amazing results. Five Star Restoration is a first response, emergency services restoration team that is here to help when the need arises – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We understand the most efficient practices for clearing out mold and repairing the damaged spaces in your home at a reasonable rate. We can work directly with your insurance company so you won’t have to worry about it.
Cleaning Up After Mold Removal
Before cleaning mold in your home, first, understand why mold is there and fix the problem causing the mold growth. This will require a thorough inspection. Mold needs a source of moisture, a source of organic matter, and proper temperature.
Areas inside your home that have poor air movement and a source of moisture are likely areas for mold growth.
Here are some areas of the home that are always susceptible to mold growth and should be part of routine cleaning to control mold growth. These are:
Bathrooms; especially shower stalls, bathroom tiles, and shower curtains
The seal on the refrigerator door
Surfaces on and around air conditioners
Be on the lookout as well for common sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold problems in your home:
• Leaky roofs
• Sprinkler spray hitting the house
• Plumbing leaks
• Overflow from sinks or sewers
• Damp basement or crawl space
• Steam from shower or cooking
• Wet clothes drying indoors
Mold Clean-Up Steps
Once the source of the water intrusion and the food source has been found, they should be addressed to prevent future mold growth. If this is not done, mold may return. You must either eliminate or ventilate the source of water or moisture. Affected building materials, such as carpets or drywall, may need to be replaced.
Remember: If you feel that the following guidelines are too vigorous, you should contact Five Star Restoration to complete the home mold cleanup.
Here are the Clean-Up Steps:
Identify and Fix the Moisture Problem
This is the most important step. If you don't correct the moisture problem the mold will likely return.
Dry Wet Materials
Begin drying wet areas as soon as possible. This task can be done with the use of wet/dry vacs, dehumidifiers, and fans. Materials dried within 24-48 hours will often not have a chance to grow mold. Porous materials contacted by sewage should always be removed.
Remove Mold Growth
Your approach depends on the type of material or surface contaminated.
Porous materials: Items like carpet, drywall, insulation, and paper should be bagged and thrown away if they are growing mold.
Non-porous materials: Items made of hard plastic, solid wood, concrete, metal, or glass can be cleaned if they are structurally sound.
Cleaning steps include:
Scrub surfaces with a stiff brush, hot water, and household detergent. The goal is to remove the physical mold growth.
Collect any cleaning solution. (For example, with a wet/dry vacuum, sponge, or mop).
Rinse the area with clean water.
Dry the area completely.
Optional Treatment with Bleach
After cleaning has removed the mold growth, bleach may be used to kill mold missed by Step 3. Always handle bleach with caution. Never mix bleach with other chemicals and only use it in a well-ventilated area. Protect your eyes and skin from the solution.
If the water damage and mold growth are due to overland flooding or sewage back-up, then use bleach.
To apply bleach:
Dilute 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water.
Apply to the area with a sponge or rag, taking care not to oversaturate the surface.
Collect any excess bleach solution.
Allow at least 30 minutes before finishing the area.
Dry the area completely.
Remain on Mold Alert
Keep an eye out for signs of moisture problems or mold growth. If mold returns, fix the moisture problem and repeat the cleaning steps.
Reconstruction needs to wait until the affected areas are completely dry. This may take several days, weeks, or even months.
Can Cleaning Up Mold Be Hazardous To My Health?
Yes. During the cleaning process, you may be exposed to mold, strong detergents, and disinfectants. Spore counts may be 10 to 1000 times higher than background levels when mold-contaminated materials are disturbed.
Take steps to protect you and your family’s health during cleanup:
• When handling or cleaning moldy materials, it is important to use a respirator to protect yourself from inhaling airborne spores. Respirators can be purchased from hardware stores. Minimize exposure when using bleach or other disinfectants by ensuring good ventilation of the area.
• Wear protective clothing that is easily cleaned or discarded.
• Use rubber gloves.
• Try cleaning a test area first. If you feel that this activity adversely affected your health, you should consider hiring experienced Five Star Restoration professionals to carry out the work.
• Ask family members or bystanders to leave areas that are being cleaned.
How can I prevent indoor mold problems in my home?
Mold prevention is something that must be done every day. The most important step is keeping humidity levels low within the home, especially during hot, humid summer days. Wet areas must also be dried right away, such as bathrooms after taking showers, and improving the ventilation throughout the home.
Any kind of leaks must be repaired right away.
Are you Dealing with Mold Concerns and in Need of a Cleanup? Call us today!
The home mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using state of the art types of equipment.
Our company is experienced in performing comprehensive services about mold removal and remediation. For the best Home Mold Cleanup services, call us at 951-368-2227 today
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