Many homeowners in South Florida have the mistaken belief that mold is a common, pesky nuisance. In contrast, the slightest existence of mold in your home can result in unrelenting issues, including damage to your property and respiratory conditions. Here are some tips from Atlantic Coast Public Adjusters for dealing with mold damage and how to remove it, safely.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that develops indoors and outdoors and reproduces by distributing its spores into the environment. Mold thrives in warm and moist environments, particularly in bathrooms, crawl spaces, attics, and anywhere where there may have been a water leak. If you have mold in your home, you may notice a mildewy or musty scent.
Dealing With Mold Damage
There are several tips to take into consideration when dealing with mold.
Check For Noticeable Signs of Mold
There are several noticeable signs of mold damage, and the most common are:
- Walls have condensation
- Discoloration, water stains, or black spots on the walls
- Paint or wallpaper is bubbling
- Floors are distorted
- Damp or musty odors
Get A Mold Test
You may be able to visually see mold, but a mold test is a more effective way to determine if mold is present. There are do-it-yourself mold testing kits you can use, but it’s much safer to have a professional conduct the test, especially since there are many different species of mold.
Remove The Mold Safely
You should clean visible mold as soon as possible. You can remove black mold with regular cleaning products using the following methods:
- Scrub with water and detergent.
- Clean the mold using a combination of bleach and water (10 percent bleach, 90 percent water).
- Use baking soda mixed with water.
Missteps To Avoid
When getting rid of mold yourself, there are mistakes you will want to avoid, such as:
- Failing to consider cross-contamination: Mold spores become airborne once you begin scrubbing. Therefore, sealing off the area is so important.
- Not removing the source of moisture: You can continue to clean repeatedly, but unless you deal with the moisture issues, the mold will continue to come back.
- Selecting the wrong cleaner: To clean mold effectively, you should use natural products such as Borax, vinegar, and baking soda.
Hire A Mold Removal Professional
While you can get rid of mold yourself, you should only do that when the issue is isolated or small. Getting rid of mold properly can be an involved process. Oftentimes, the area of concern will need to be sealed off to prevent cross-contamination. When you hire mold professionals, they use high-powered equipment that eradicates all of the mold spores, and they discard any contaminated materials in a safe manner.
Atlantic Coast Public Adjusters Can Help With Mold Damage Claims
Exposure to mold can be hazardous to your health. Many homeowners find the process to be more efficient when they hire public adjusters since there are many aspects involved with filing a mold damage claim. Insurance companies don’t always pay you what you deserve, let us help you so nothing is overlooked.
If your home has mold, you can receive an insurance settlement quicker by contacting our team at Atlantic Coast Public Adjusters. Don’t risk your health any longer. Get in contact with us today at 1-877-561-2524.