How To Deal with Mold Infestation
There comes a time when we discover that there is mold growth in our homes, whether in the basement, attic, on the wall of our bedrooms and so forth, and of which we should deal with the situation immediately. Small spots of mold can be dealt with by yourself using DIY methods, however in large areas, it is recommended that you get the help of a professional especially there is potential health risks involved during the treatment.
Getting a qualified professional who will conduct a mold inspection, will help you establish the kind of mold present and the type of repairs which can be undertaken. Be aware that there are many mold inspectors in the industry, but it is better to choose the best professional that you can afford, and not just look at the cost of the services, especially this is a potentially serious situation.
Among the activities that will happen during a mold inspection would be the identification of any condition around your home which supports mold growth, pinpointing areas like water damage, odours and obvious signs of fungal growth and others that are the problem areas. The exterior of your property will also be inspected by the mold inspector aside from the interiors of your home, and the professional will check obvious signs of water damage and leaks that could come from broken gutters, or broken pipes, and so forth.
After performing the initial inspection visually, the mold inspector will then measure the moisture levels in the walls of your property. The measurement of the moisture level is conducted by the inspector at intervals of about two feet, and special attention is focused in areas under sinks, around water heaters, and other places where water source is seen present. There is a special meter that is used in measuring, and this has two pins that are inserted in the low portion of a wall, and then the level of moisture present will be shown. A moisture level that is acceptable is around 15% or below.
When there is growth mold observed, samples can be taken to precisely identify the type of pores present. After 3-4 days, expect the mold inspector to give you a report about the results.
One important thing to do before the arrival of the inspector who will conduct the mold inspection, is to keep doors and windows closed for a duration of 12 to 24 hours. By doing this, you are making the results of the mold inspection to be as close to accuracy as possible. In this manner, the air samples will not contain the air from the outside and the mold inspector can detect odours.