Just thinking about mold can strike fear into any homeowner’s heart. We know how dangerous the stuff can be to breathe or touch. And what’s worse, sometimes we can’t even see it. Flourishing wherever there is consistent exposure to moisture, mold grows like wildfire. To keep your family safe and healthy, it is important to engage a well-qualified commercial mold removal company to both clean up existing mold spores and help identify the source of the water that’s feeding it. But what happens next?
In order to keep mold colonies from returning, the source of moisture that feeds them must be eliminated. Superficially, this involves removing and replacing damp carpet, floorboards, and drywall, or utilizing high powered driers to dry these items thoroughly. More importantly, the point at which the moisture is penetrating your home must be repaired. Water is incredibly good at oozing in through the smallest of gaps in your roof, foundation, or walls, and dripping out of cracked pipes.
First Things First: Restoration
The process of repairing areas that allow moisture to seep inside and drying material damaged by that water is called restoration. It’s the next step after the mold itself is targeted and removed.
Restoration should also include cleaning of the belongings in your home that are likely to be coated in mold spores. Oh yes, those tricky buggers circulate in the air of an affected home, settling on furniture and the residents themselves. Though our furniture can’t move by itself, we humans (and our pets) are notorious for delivering and depositing mold spores throughout our homes!
Tackling Musty Odors
The good news is that once the mold is removed from your walls and belongings, the unpleasant musty odor that may have alerted you to the mold’s presence should disappear, too. You won’t need to utilize any intense air freshening strategies to eliminate the smell once the job is done.
Actually, it is better to avoid using sprays, candles, or other products that hide odors for some time after you have mold remediation work performed. You need to be sure that the musty smell has disappeared. If you still smell it, chances are high that some mold has been left or that a new colony has taken hold.
If you like using air fresheners for other reasons – let’s face it, life can be stinky – that’s totally fine. In that case, we recommend taking regular breaks from the stuff for a few days every month. This allows you to be certain that no musty smell is lingering under the cover-up and help you catch new mold growth early.
Potential Lifestyle Changes
After commercial mold removal, you may also benefit from examining your daily lifestyle to see if there are habits that may contribute to mold growth. Sometimes using a humidifier can deposit water on furniture, curtains, and carpets. If this moisture does not dry fully and the humidifier continually drops water on the same spot, that’s a sure recipe for mold growth.
Of course, using a humidifier can offer a host of benefits for human health, including soothing sore throats, easing breathing, and softening dry skin. Rather than eschew yours all together, simply ensure that damp areas are thoroughly dried and move your humidifier around daily so that moisture isn’t hitting the same surfaces all the time.
Finally, one of the sneakiest places that mold can hide is right inside your humidifier, which after all, is pretty much always damp. Take yours apart on a weekly basis and clean it thoroughly with vinegar or another gentle cleanser to avoid distributing mold spores throughout your home.
Another common location for mold growth is in the bathroom. Steam from showers and baths rises and collects on ceilings, floors, walls, and of course, mirrors. For that reason, make a habit of running the exhaust fan in your bathroom during or after every use of the tub. If you don’t have a fan, crack a window for a few minutes. If there is no window or it is just too cold to open the window, it can also help to run a dehumidifier in your bathroom.
So in the end, life after commercial mold removal is simply a matter of keeping on top of the conditions in your home that can spark a recurrence. Normal wear and tear on a structure can cause new cracks that let in moisture, and regular daily activities using water also create an environment ripe for regrowth. Use your eyes to scan for visible mold and your nose to detect that unpleasant mustiness.
Other than that, your only job is to enjoy choosing the fresh new paint color for any repaired walls and the luxurious new carpeting for areas that were stripped. See, there is an upside to needing commercial mold removal after all!