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How do I get rid of mold?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions we have. It normally comes after we have performed our mold testing and inspection services at a home that has been the victim of some type of water damage. The hope is for a simple answer or a quick fix, but when it comes to mold, that’s just not an option. Even dead mold spores may still cause allergic reactions in some people. It is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must be removed. Now that you are familiar with the basics of Mold, we can cover a few common mold myths and facts, below.
MYTH: Bleach kills mold
FACT: Bleach does NOT kill mold
No really, we’re not pulling your leg! The EPA clearly states, “the use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation…” (epa.gov). Bleach will NOT kill mold, especially when growing in porous materials like drywall and wood. Bleach simply removes the discoloration you see but it will leave the microflora intact, which guarantees that the mold will return in exactly the same spot at some point in the future.
Maintaining a relative humidity level between 30 – 50 percent, can easily ensure that there will not be any mold growth within that space.
MYTH: A little bit of Mold is nothing to worry about
FACT: If you can see mold growing in your home, you already have a significant problem
Much like an iceberg, it’s not what you can see, it’s what you can’t. Mold is opportunistic, so it must wait for the opportunity to grow. To do so, this means that it must increase its chances of encountering water. Mold does so by ‘rooting’ deeply into organic materials. Visually eliminating mold does not remove the roots, the health-hazardous spores, or the opportunity for complete elimination. No amount of mold is “okay.”
There are certain steps that should be followed regardless of the size or nature of the mold growth. First and foremost is to find the source of moisture, and remove the moisture. Then, based upon the amount of mold growth and other factors such as building materials, building occupants, etc. the remediation scope can be determined. The EPA has put together the following list of questions:
For safe and effective treatment of mold, call the professionals at Lamunyon. We’re happy to answer your questions about mold and how we treat it, keeping your environment safe. If you have any questions about our mold remediation services or would like to talk to a member of our team, do not hesitate to contact us using the form above or using the phone numbers on this page.
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I waited to submit my review until the work completed was put to the test. Overall-this has been an exceptional experience. The work crew at Lamunyon headed by Caleb were very professional, efficient, courteous and hard working. There was no water in my basement during the heavy rains and flooding! Regarding service, I did have one minor problem and after letting them know, was contacted by Dave that same evening and a workman came to my home to fix it the next day. I was a little shocked by how quickly they took care of the problem. Without hesitation--I highly recommend them.
Lamunyon's David Hoes and his crew were very professional about explaining the procedure in the way they were going to correct our problem.David and his crew very polite, courtesy, nice to talk to and polite. Our house had settled about 3" and the doors sticking or not closing. We also had a bowed basement wall with a lot of cracks. David and his crew came in with there equipment closed the basement door and went right t work. At the end of each day David would explain what they done for the day and that they will be here the next day and started about 8. It was unbelievable at the amount of work that they had to do just raise the house enough to secure the house from settling again. By Friday they had lifted the house, install three square beams in front of the bowed wall, cleaned up the dust and dirt, wiped off the floor on their hands and knee. Now, the doors close shut with no sticking, the house does not make cracking noise, and we feel alot better about our house now. We want to give these guys a big thank you and that they deserve praise from their company.