All About Mold (And How To Beat It)

14 June 2016

Mold is one of those unfortunate realities of life. It’s been around for millions of years and continues to disrupt our lives today. A mold problem at home or at work can not only be unsightly and annoying, but if you’re not careful, can turn into a health problem. In this article, we’ll tell you more than you ever wanted to know about mold, and more importantly – how to defeat it!

Mold is Millions Of Years Old
To protect against mold, it’s important to understand that it’s a force of nature that’s been around for millenia. It’s sole purpose is to consume organic materials, which often means that it can get find it’s way into structures we live in and infect carpet and living spaces where water is present.

A Health Issue
When mold is present, it’s almost always the sign of a water leak or intrusion. This can be from equipment failure, or poor cleaning. However it occurs, mold can affect human health, and shows up in the form of skin or breathing irritation, hypertoxic reactions, and even by affecting the way we taste and smell.

How To Spot A Mold Problem
The first step in mold cleanup and mold removal is in finding out where it’s happening. This is done by an environmental risk assessment. Common sources of mold include humidifiers, cooking and dishwashing, bathing, plumbing leaks, house plants, fish tanks, improper venting of clothes dryer, indoor clothes line, leaking roofs, flooding, rain, high humidity, ground moisture and wet building materials.The most obvious sign of mold is in the sign of water leaks, water spots, standing water, stains and condensation. This may have lead to visible mold colonies. You may also be able to spot mold via its unpleasant “earthy” smell. A professional can best help you with this task, as it’s important to spot the signs early and work out the best plan of attack. A professional will start by sampling any mold present and then testing it to appraise its type and source. If you suspect your home or business premises may have a mold issue, contact a professional serviceperson immediately to ensure the problem doesn’t continue further.

How To Fix It
The first step in shutting down mold lies in removing moisture and controlling the temperature as much as possible. Removing sources of leaks, water intrusion must be done before cleanup occurs. Another good step is to ensure adequate airflow in any affected locations. This allows affected areas to dry and prevents mold from continuing to fester.

Mold Cleanup and Mold Removal
Next up, it’s time to proceed with mold cleanup and mold removal. It’s important to remove any infected objects, and to clean anything that was nearby. Mr Flood has the tools and expertise to best assist with these stages.

However you come across mold in your home or place of business, it’s not a pleasant experience. It can be dismaying to see signs of a mold intrusion on carpet or walls or ceilings. Mr Flood has the seasoned professionals that are used to dealing with this kind of thing all the time. All our staff are IICRC trained water damage specialists and ready and able to help. At the first sign of mold or mildue or damp, or that all-too-familiar “earthy” smell (see above), get in touch with us today so we can assist right away.