Mold can be the result of flooding, or it could stem from a busted or leaking pipe. In some instances, it can even come from water incursions through your foundation or a poorly sealed home in a high-humidity environment. Whatever the cause, if you’re seeing green, brown or black growths in your Tallahassee home, mold removal should be high on your list of priorities. Not sure what you need to do? Here’s a basic guide.
Find the Leak
The first thing you’re going to need to do is locate the leak that’s allowing moisture into the home. It could be from your roof, in a wall, in your foundation, or even from a pipe. In some instances, it could stem from flood damage, as well. Whatever the cause, you need to stop the incursion of moisture from happening, or your efforts will be for nothing.
Dry the Area
The second step in mold removal is to start drying the area out. You can run your air conditioner to help remove moisture from the air, but you will probably need a targeted solution to dry the area where mold growth is occurring – box fans or oscillating fans can help here.
Clean It Up
Next, you’ll need to attempt to clean the mold. Mold removal can be dangerous to your health, releasing spores into the air that can get into your lungs. Make sure to wear a facemask and other protective gear. You can clean the mold using bleach, vinegar, baking soda, ammonia or borax, depending on the severity of the situation.
Ultimately, mold removal is usually something best left to the professionals. At FP Property Restoration, we have decades of experience handling mold and water damage. Call us at (888) 408-2335.