It’s no surprise that you can find in your house any kind of damage, from mold, asbestos, or water damage. A quick DIY home inspection can reveal everything that is wrong with your house. Getting rid of mould in the home takes time and needs patience. It’s essential you don’t just ignore mould growing in your home. You also have to give off toxic spores and vapours which can be dangerous to your health possibly resulting in allergic reactions. So think that the ‘miracle’ mould killer you picked up at the supermarket probably doesn’t serve for anything. Anyway, you will need a proper professional inspection to know exactly the level of damage your house has and the cost you will need to repair it.
What’s Mold, Asbestos, and Water Damages
- Mold. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on moisture places inside and outside of your house. In small amounts, mold is usually harmless but if it’s left untreated it can grow bigger and cause some serious health hazards.
- Asbestos. Asbestos was originally used as a building material in homes and other buildings but now is no longer used as much because of the health hazards if people are in contact for a long period of time.
- Water Damage. Water damage is probably the most common damage that can happen in houses or other buildings. Usually, water damage happens because of old or bad work in the piping system or poor isolation of your house. But even when you do everything right there are many factors that must be considered like accidents or natural disasters.
How to know your house has mold, asbestos, and water damage?
The best thing to do to protect your house and your health is to make home inspection time after time for mold, asbestos, and water damage to catch it in the earlier stages to reduce to the maximum the cost and the other problems that come with them. In the earlier stages not always you can detect it without any tool because these kinds of damages can happen in different difficult spots of your home like behind the furniture, the attic, or into the basement. If you detect water damage or moisture often in your house, you should consider checking for mold and asbestos too.
How Often Do You Need to Do a Home Inspection?
Home inspections are crucial if you want to buy, sell, or to live in that house for a long time. You have to make sure that you and your family are living in a safe environment. CPR24 Restoration will be always by your side in hard times.
Buying a home
I know that buying a house it’s a big deal for everyone and maybe our emotions do not let us see clearly and we can make some mistakes while buying a house. Do not let this happen to you. Before buying you want to make sure and learn everything about that house. The thing that you definitely need to learn is the historic or the present condition that the house has right now. So it is recommended to call a home inspection service so they can tell you exactly how much the restoration works are going to cost. After knowing all that you can renegotiate the price and pay less for it.
Selling a home
If you are on the other side of the deal you also have to make a home inspection before selling your home. After the inspection, you can decide the price more actuarially. Us at CPR24 Restoration will help you with the removal of the damage so your house can sell ten times more.
Once in a couple of years
The number of times of the inspection varies a lot in the kind of damage that we are dealing with. For example, for water damage, we must inspect by ourselves or with the help of a professional more often because if we let water damage untreated we will have to deal with many other damages like mold or asbestos, etc. For mold damage, it is recommended to make an inspection every 2-3 years because if mold is let to grow for more than that will be a big problem for you that will cost even more to fix.
When you suspect this sort of damage in your house
Maybe not that long ago you had done a home inspection but now you are starting to feel uncomfortable at your house. Some small signs of mould, asbestos and water damage are:
- Your air conditioning smells weird. In rooms without or a little natural airflow, the air that you breathe might begin to smell weird and force you to open the windows even in the winter. This can be a big sign that you may have mould, asbestos or water damage.
- The space between your bathroom tiles is turning dark. Bathrooms need good ventilation because they can easily turn into mould growth spots and cause skin irritation.
- Your wallpaper is peeling. The water-based damages tend to create peeling and cracks on the paint or the wallpapers. If you catch these damages in the earlier stages you need to isolate it as soon as possible to prevent the spreading in the entire wall.
- You feel like you have a cold that just won’t go away. Because these damages attack the respiratory system you will feel most of the time ill as you’ve had a cold with a lot of symptoms like running nose and sneezing.
- You feel itchy. Skin is also very fragile from mould and asbestos bacterias which can make you feel itchy all the time and very uncomfortable.
THE MOULD REMEDIATION PROFESSIONAL STEPS
- Assess The Damage. As a professional mould remediation company, we will inspect all mould problems. Before the start we will work out what kind of surface the mould has attached to: If the mould is on something like textile, clothing, or furniture, there’s a good chance it can’t be completely removed and it may need to be thrown out. So remember that anything like wicker baskets, textiles, paper, and cardboard or carpet needs to be chucked away. Related with other areas like in your bathroom, mould is a separate mention. Mould in a bath is a big problem and getting rid of it is almost impossible. Therefore, it is much easier to prevent mould than to clean up it.
- Vacuum The Mould. After we assess the damage the next step is to vacuum up the mould. We work with professional equipment but if you have small surfaces and you can vacuum by yourself, we recommend using a vacuum cleaner with a good HEPA filter, otherwise, you could be making the problem worse by spreading the mould around.
- Mould Remediation. At home conditions, our mould remediation experts recommend using diluted vinegar, which causes mould to overheat and die.
HOW TO USE VINEGAR TO CLEAN MOULD?
It is recommended to pour a concentration of 80% vinegar to 20% water into three buckets. Grab a cloth (if it’s possible a microfibre cloth) and dip it into the first bucket, then use it for cleaning a patch of mould. The same cloth you should then be rinsed in the second bucket, then rinsed again in the third one. This helps to make sure that cross-contamination doesn’t occur.
DO MOULD CLEANING PRODUCTS WORK?
Commercially available mould cleaning products may look like they’re doing the job, but it’s probably an illusion. You have to know that most of them use bleach as an active ingredient. Our professional team tells you that there’s evidence that bleach can kill fungi, but it needs to be at a 10% concentration to work. But even at a higher potency, bleach won’t penetrate porous materials, so if the mould is growing on plaster, grout, or wood, it will kill mould on the surface, but not below it.
But although mould can be difficult to remove from surfaces, there are a few products that work to remove mould for good. Except for vinegar here are some other mould remediation products.
– VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
If you’re looking for something a little more potent than a vinegar and water dilution, try mixing vinegar with baking soda. After doing so, rub the mixture on the heavy mould buildup and let it sit for a few minutes. When you wipe the surface with a clean cloth, the mould should be gone!
– TEA TREE OIL
Another very effective method for mould remediation from any surface, tea tree oil helps mould lift from any surface in a matter of a few hours.
PREVENT MOLD PROBLEMS
After the mould remediation process, you should try to use these tips to keep mould away.
- Tip1: Ventilate The Area
Maybe the main reason mould grows is because there is too much moisture in the air that stays on surfaces. Remember, ventilate the area, the extra condensation won’t build-up, and mould may not form in the first place.
- Tip2: If Something Is Wet, Dry It Up
If it happens that you spill water on something like your carpet or furniture, ensure to dry it up to the best of your ability. Allowing the water to sit can cause mould to form beneath the surface.
- Tip3: Don’t Allow Wet Clothes To Sit In The Washer
Not everyone likes doing the laundry, but leaving wet clothes in the washer can spell trouble. A Moist environment is a perfect place for mould spores to grow, so you’ll want to ensure that your wet clothes make it to the dryer as soon as possible. Even though you might not see mould on your clothes, you’ll be able to smell it. It can affect the health of you and your family.
CPR24 Restoration is a full-service mold, asbestos remediation, water damage, and fire damage restoration company. What it means is that we offer the full scale of solutions needed for complete removal and prevention of mold and water damage. From identifying the cause by having professional house inspection to fixing any design flaws or tubing associated with it to repairing or replacing the affected areas, and the prevention of further mold by removal and sealing to rigorous testing to detect any traces of new problematics, we strive to be a leader in the remediation and the restoration industry. By following our team tips, you easily will protect your family and your house in areas such as bathroom walls and floors. For more detailed information, please contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone: (416) 551-8287.