AdvantaClean, a Mold Removal Company in Greenville, Offers Tips for Mold Clean-up in the Home
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 26, 2012 ) Greenville, SC -- According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), excess moisture and standing water contribute to the growth of mold in the home and other buildings. When returning to a home that has suffered a water event like natural flood, storm water damage or catastrophic plumbing leak, one should be aware that mold may be present and may be a health risk to the family.
Depending on the mold species and the individual, mold can have a wide range of effects people. Those with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mold or people with immune problems like those with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy, and people who have received an organ transplant are more susceptible to mold infections, according to the CDC.
The wide range of symptoms of mold exposure may include stuffy nose, irritation to the eyes, skin rashes, or wheezing. People who are allergic to mold may exhibit breathing difficulty or shortness of breath. The best way to determine if a person is allergic to mold is to see ones doctor and have an allergy test performed. If a person experiences some or all of the symptoms mentioned above, they should have their home checked for mold. For more information visit http://www.advantaclean.com/ or call 864-607-9001.
The mold removal experts at AdvantaClean of Greenville can do a thorough inspection to determine if the home is infested with mold, but there are certain clues that one can look for in the home to make the determination their selves.
The obvious way of detecting mold is seeing it. Are the walls and ceiling discolored? Are there little black dots on the walls or ceiling tile or is there a white crusty material or a slimy material on any surfaces in the home? If the homeowner detects signs of water damage, such as water rings or discoloration of ceiling tile or a bad odor or musty, earthy smell, chances are there is mold present.
If mold is detected in the home, a professional mold removal company, like AdvantaClean of Greenville should be called. Professionals know all of the latest techniques for mold removal and they have the equipment to remove it permanently from the home, but if a homeowner chooses to remove the mold their selves, they can follow these steps:
The first thing that should be done is to stop whatever caused the water damage and mold growth in the first place. Fixing the leaky roof, repairing the pipe or solving the back-up problem is key. If the water damage problem is not corrected, the mold will probably grow back. Once the water problem is fixed, clean up can begin. The home should be dried out quickly (within 24 to 48 hours).
Use a shop vacuum to vacuum up standing water.
Ventilate the home by opening doors and windows and using fans to dry out the water.
When in doubt, take it out! According to the CDC, one should remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. If these items remain in the home, they could be a source of mold growth. Homeowners should remove porous, non-cleanable items including carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, some clothing, leather, paper, wood, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people, according to the CDC.
To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. In some cases, a thorough cleaning is the best way to remove mold, but as suggested earlier, a professional cleaning by a reputable mold removal company is the best way to remove mold from the home. So, if the mold comes back, call the professionals at AdvantaClean of Greenville. They will do a thorough inspection and will initiate mold removal techniques that they have been trained to use to clean and restore the home back to normal.
About AdvantaClean of Greenville:
AdvantaClean of Greenville is the premier mold removal and water damage restoration company in Greenville, SC and the surrounding area. They specialize in mold removal and water damage restoration services and they can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to provide mold removal and water damage restoration service when disaster strikes. for more information visit http://www.moldremovalgreenvillesc.org/ or call 894-607-9001.
AdvantaClean of Greenville
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