Did you just begin a renovation in your home, only to find mold in places you never thought it would be? This can cast a shadow over even the best renovation. No one ever wants to see mold in a property and it can be a very dangerous, legitimate threat. That said, there are mold mitigation steps you can take to ensure that your property stays safe and secure both structurally and for the people within it. You can always call us and our friendly, certified mold professionals will be more than happy to check out your home.
Where Mold Might Be Post-Renovation
With moisture and warm temperatures, mold can grow. Those are two things that we have plenty of in Southern California. Think of the places in your home or property that are likely to have lots of both: your basement, your attic, your bathroom, and others. Those are also the areas of the home that are most likely to reveal mold after a renovation. You no doubt do your part to keep those areas clean. Yet, over the years of owning a home, those are also areas where moisture could literally seep into cracks, thus birthing mold out of your sight.
Mold Mitigation: What Not to Do
When you see mold, your first thought might be: “I’m going to take care of this myself.” That’s perfectly understandable. It’s your home, your property, you want to take care of it. That said, it’s not a good idea if the mold is black, or if the area the mold has contaminated is larger than fifty square feet. In either of those cases, trying to fix it yourself could lead to further problems. You can contact us, we’ll inspect it thoroughly, then get right to work removing and remediating.
What You Can Do About Mold
If the area is sufficiently small and manageable, then you may be able to take care of it yourself. First, protect yourself. PPE like gloves, goggles, and a good dust mask is essential. Make sure that, before you move anything covered in mold, you wrap it tightly in plastic. The last thing you need to do is spread mold around your property. A high-grade, top-quality bleach is your best tool for removing the mold. As ever, if you don’t feel like doing any of this, we’ve got your back.
Keeping Mold Out Going Forward
There’s no fool-proof way to keep mold out of your property forever, unfortunately. As long as there’s rain, there will be a possibility of mold. A hygrometer can let you know about the moisture in a given room, thus letting you know if it’s becoming a problem. Fresh air can help a lot in keeping the possibility of mold down in your property, too. You want to check your insulation and vapor barriers often. Speaking of “checking,” look for any roof leaks in your home, even in your attic, particularly after it rains. Mold can be a problem, but it doesn’t have to be a catastrophe. We’re always willing to help at (855) 961-2660.