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Mold Removal in Arizona

MOLD REMOVAL IN ARIZONA

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    Mold can be tricky to identify, which is why professional testing services matter more than most people think.In order to properly protect yourself, you must be able to identify and effectively address mold problems efficiently.

    Your friends at Bright Home Construction are here with important facts that every homeowner should know about mold.

    Before getting started, however, you have to understand what mold is.We all know that mold is an eyesore and a bad nightmare in terms of health for a homeowner. However, there is much more you should know about mold because once you understand what it is, you will be better able to prevent its growth.

    Facts About Mold

    To begin, here are some basic facts about mold. Molds are fungithatgrow on plants, wood, fabric, soil, food, drywall, floors, and ceilings.

    All molds produce microscopic spores that germinate where moisture has accumulated.

    Mold growth threatens the structural integrity of a building, and exposure to it can lead to serious health problems.

    Simply put, mold is a natural recycler of dead organic matter.

    Individual mold colonies are very small and impossible to see without a microscope.

    However, once a mold colony emerges, it can form a visible spot, which tells you that the problem has already gotten out of control.

    Identify Your Type of Mold

    Mold usually comes in black, blue, or green. The color of mold is determined by various factors such as type, nutrient source, and colony age. Of all mold types, black mold is considered to be the most harmful to the health of living beings.

    The type of mold will determine the way of remediation. With that being said, it is imperative to test it first. Knowing what mold type you have to deal with will be helpful even after removing it in regard to preventing it from returning. Unfortunately, not all mold types are the same, but we can roughly divide them into three major types.

    The first is allergenic, which is the least harmful of all mold types. However, it can cause problems for people who are allergic to mold or have asthma and other respiratory problems. Allergenic mold is usually not life-threatening.

    The second is pathogenic, which is often harmful, not only for people with asthma or mold allergies but for healthy people too.

    Finally, you have toxigenic mold, which produces mycotoxins. Mycotoxinsare toxic chemicals present inside or on the surface of the mold spore, which can be inhaled, ingested, or touched.

    How Does Mold Grow?

    Just like any other living being, mold needs water to grow. As a matter of fact, without water, mold cannot grow at all. Other factors crucial for mold growth are food sources, oxygen, and temperatures between forty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Does that mean that we can eliminate mold once and for all? Unfortunately, the answer is no. It is almost impossible to keep a place free of mold. This is mainly because you cannot eliminate oxygen from a place and stay at that place, nor can you build a house without any organic materials such as wood, carpet, plants, and other materials that mold can grow on.

    What you can focus on is moisture control, dust control, and proper ventilation of your home. If you want to ensure a healthy living environment, it is imperative to know the common causes of mold and deal with it as soon as possible.

    Where Can You Find Mold?

    Generally speaking, mold grows on bathroom grout, walls that have water damage, and wet or damp carpets and as well as around tubs, sinks, and windows. Sometimes, mold can hide behind walls, underneath floorboards and in air conditioners, so make sure to thoroughly check all of these areas. Professionals use infrared cameras, moisture meters, air sampling pumps, and other powerful inspection equipment to check your home from top to bottom to detect precisely what areas of your home are problematic in terms of mold growth.

    Health Concerns if Exposed

    The presence of mold spores in an indoor environment is a big concern, given that mold exposure has been linked to disease in plants, animals, and humans. No two reactions to mold will be the same. Both the extent of exposure and your level of sensitivity influence how you react. It is essential to know the health effects and symptoms of mold exposure so that they are neither ignored nor mistaken for another ailment.

    Every immune system and each person’s medical history is different. With that being said, most government or medical guidelines abstain from providing safe exposure limits to mold. Due to these variables, it is impossible to tell if exposure to low concentrations of mold is safe since every individual will react differently. The fact is that people with suppressed or compromised immune systems are most likely to experience health issues when they spend time in a room filled with mold.

    Although difficult to predict, exposure to mold growing indoors can be associated with nasal and sinus congestion, cough, sore throat, asthma, nosebleed, headaches, andskin and eye irritation. Long-term exposure to indoor mold can lead to health issues that develop faster for certain groups, including infants, children, and those with previous underlying conditions such as respiratory problems and older adults. It is vital to keep in mind that some types of mold can produce extremely potent toxins called mycotoxins, which can lead to severe health conditions such as cancer.

    Mold Removal

    • To clean mildew and mold effectively from walls and grout, mix a solution of one part bleach to three parts water. Dampen a sponge with the solution and apply it to the moldy areas. Remember to wear protective gear such as glasses, gloves, and even a face mask. As the mildew disappears, dry the site using an old towel. The mold itself is not that hard to clean, but it can get messy if you do not rinse and squeeze the excess water from the sponge.
    • Mold has to have the right conditions to grow on upholstery. First, there must be an organic food source. Mold cannot grow on synthetic materials, but it can grow on the dirt and debris that is embedded in synthetic materials. This is why it is a good reason to vacuum your furniture regularly.
    • There must also be moisture present. The organic material has to stay wet for a certain period of time for mold to grow. To make sure this does not happen, make sure spills are wiped up immediately and that fabric is totally dry before replacing cushions. If your upholstered furniture has water damage and a substantial amount of mold growth, it should be replaced. If there is only a small mold stain, you can try using a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Blot it on the mold and allow it to work for a minute or so. Rinse the solution from the area by alternately dabbing it with a damp cloth or sponge and a dry cotton cloth. This probably will not remove the mold, but it may help lessen the stain. Consult a professional upholstery cleaner if the stain persists or reappears. Note that silk, wool, antique or vintage upholstery should be cleaned by a professional. Likewise, only a certified mold expert should remove any substantial amount of mold from the carpet. However, if it is a tiny area, and it is safe to use bleach on the carpet, you can try that.
    • Clean the carpet using a steam cleaner if possible. If you do not have access to a steam cleaner, scrub the moldy area using a sponge dipped in a mixture of one teaspoon liquid dish detergent and one quart of water. After the initial surface cleaning is done, mix one cup of household bleach with one gallon of water and sponge it directly into the affected area. Let the solution sit and soak into the carpet for ten to fifteen minutes. Note that depending on the color and type of carpet, this could discolor or damage the carpet.
    • Using a steam cleaner or shop vac, suction up any remaining moisture from the carpet. It is crucial to dry the carpet as much as possible to prevent mold growth. To absorb residual moisture, place a folded towel over the wet area and stand on it. Move to a fresh area of the towel as moisture is absorbed. Be sure to wash the towel after you use it thoroughly.
    • If the article cannot be bleached, try removing the mold with lemon juice or white vinegar. Soak a cotton pad in lemon juice or vinegar and place it on the stain. Allow it to soak for several minutes. Remove the pad and sprinkle the area with some salt to further boost the effect of the acid. If possible, place the item in a sunny spot to dry. The sun's rays also bleach stains. Repeat as needed, then clean as usual.
    • If you have tried to remove mildew from fabric, but the mildew stain persists, bring the article to a professional dry cleaner. Bleach is one of the most effective ways to remove mold and mildew from clothing made out of white cotton. Apply a solution of one part bleach to three parts water to the stain and allow the solution to sit for a few minutes, then wash the clothing as usual.

    Contaminated Areas

    If the contaminated area is less than ten square feet, the project can be taken care of by the homeowner in most instances.  As long as it only covers a small area, mold on walls is generally easy to eliminate yourself. You can use various household products to get the job done. Popular, effective options include borax, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide. However, if you have severe and widespread mold growth on your walls, it’s not quite as easy. It’s actually potentially hazardous to remove it yourself. We advise that you contact a mold removal professional to safely and effectively get rid of mold in your home.

    The process of getting rid of mold on walls essentially requires two important steps. First, you will need to control moisture in your home, and then you will need to kill the mold.

    Drywall

    Mold loves to grow on the drywall as it is porous, and what you can see is only the top layer. Avoid using bleach if you can. In fact, we recommend you try a vinegar solution. If the mold returns, it is too deep in the layers of the drywall,and the only solution is to replace it. Luckily, mold-resistant drywall is available.

    Wallpaper

    The best solutions for mold on the wallpaper are tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, or vinegar. To avoid damaging the wallpaper, dip a sponge in the solution and wring it out. Do not forget to test in an inconspicuous area first! Then gently rub in circles to remove the mold without soaking the wallpaper.

    Cinder Block

    For cinder block walls, you need to clean the wall first. Then apply your chosen solution and scrub with a brush. Wipe away any mold residue, apply some more solution, and allow it to sit for up to twenty minutes. Finally, ensure you have dried the wall completely to prevent mold from returning.

    Concrete

    Brick or concrete is porous too. So, the best solutions are vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, as they will kill the mold at the roots. Use a brush to scrub and ensure you are reaching all of the molds.

    Painted Walls

    If you notice small patches of mold on painted interior walls, it will likely be on the surface. This should be relatively straightforward to remove using household products. Options include substances such as borax, white vinegar, baking soda, or tea tree oil. Do the mold patches only cover a limited area of a non-porous wall? Then we recommend that you try using a natural mold remover first. But what if you are dealing with a large area of mold growth? Or perhaps, the natural mold removers do not get rid of the mold sufficiently? In this case, you might want to use a more robust chemical cleaner. You can purchase this online or from a home improvement store.

    On porous walls made of cement, concrete, or stone materials, the mold does not only grow on the surface. It also tends to spread inside too. So, if you have a mold issue on an unsealed porous wall, the most effective solution is a combination of hydrogen peroxide and distilled white vinegar.

    Conclusion

    When dealing with mold, remember that the size of the affected area and the type of material it is on will determine whether it is something you should tackle on your own. The type of mold will also play a significant factor in how you should address it. If you’re still unsure about any of the steps we mentioned or the type of mold infestation you have, contact Bright Home Construction today. It is not worth risking your home or the health of your family if you’re not absolutely certain what it is you are dealing with.

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