Here in Sandy Springs, GA, your basement offers prime breeding territory for Stachybotrys chartarum, aka black mold. It’s due to a combination of high humidity, poor ventilation, and low natural light. If you’ve had a recent water leak or flood in the basement, your risk of developing black mold increases. While you can see black mold growing on floors and walls, this insidious home invader often grows undetected. That’s why it’s critical to schedule mold inspection in Sandy Springs. To find out what happens after an investigation reveals mold in your basement, keep reading.
Think of your HVAC system as the lungs of your home. Anything that escapes past the air filter ends up in the air you breathe. Black mold spores spread in the air, and breathing them in poses a severe risk for people who already have allergies and other respiratory conditions. Breathing mold spores can make even a healthy person sick. Your mold removal team will turn off your furnace or air conditioner and block the air ducts so that they can contain spores to the basement. Keep in mind, you won’t want to hang around in a moldy basement without protection. You’ll notice the professionals don’t either. Mold removal means wearing protective clothing and a mask that filters fine particles. Professionals use safety glasses, gloves, and N-95 or P-100 respirators.
One of the next things a mold remediation team will do when they come in to remove black mold from your home is to assess whether you have mold growing in carpeting. Mold can hide in carpet fibers long before you have a visible mold colony, and it sends spores in the air. Removing the carpet removes one source that feeds mold growth. When removing the carpet, it should double bag it along with the other mold-infested items and dispose of them as well.
If you’ve discovered mold growing on walls or you notice areas of discoloration, you likely have mold contamination inside the walls. A professional can contain and then probe the wall and open areas where they suspect mold growth and water damage. In some cases, especially where black mold and moisture damage goes unnoticed for a long time, they’ll discover rot. Rot usually requires removal and replacement of rotted wall studs, sheathing, and insulation.
It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to use bleach or another cleaning agent in an attempt to remove black mold. If only it were that simple! A professional water restoration company uses a combination of tools, including:
Professionals may also use antimicrobial products, such as sanitizers, disinfectants, and black mold growth inhibitors, during and after the mold removal process. Your team should only use antimicrobial solutions approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Bleach isn’t an EPA-approved solution.
Rooting out and exterminating black mold in your basement is a job for one of the best water damage restoration companies in Sandy Springs. Contact the mold remediation specialists at Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC today and request a quote.
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