A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Get Rid of Mold
UpRite Plus 2
How to Get Rid of Mold

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Get Rid of Mold

Discovering your home has mold problems can truly be a nightmare scenario, but the key is knowing how to get rid of mold. Not only does mold typically indicate water damage that could require extensive repairs, but toxic black mold also has the potential to negatively impact your family’s health and potentially lead to a variety of respiratory issues.

In this sense, keeping lookout for potential mold issues and knowing how to get rid of mold can be one of the biggest keys to ensuring your home provides a healthy environment for you and your family. Still, leaks, floods and other forms of water damage can occur at any time, and if left unchecked, mold could begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours and potentially colonize the entire area within a few short days. In light of this, here are a few tips to keep in mind should you ever suddenly find yourself facing any mold problems in your home.

Determine the Underlying Cause

Mold remediation is a fairly extensive process, and it is vital all of the appropriate steps are taken to ensure the problem won’t immediately return. First and foremost, this means identifying the underlying cause of the mold growth, i.e. where the excess moisture is coming from. Mold thrives in warm, moist conditions, which means the first step is to figure out what is creating these damp or humid conditions.

In some cases, the problems could simply be related to excess humidity in the home or in a specific part of the home, which is why you should always try to keep your indoor humidity level under 60 percent. More commonly, the cause of the mold growth is related to a leak in your plumbing, roof, wall, foundation, etc.

Alternatively, improperly insulated ductwork can also potentially lead to excess moisture and thus create the ideal conditions for mold growth. Therefore, it is vital that you first determine the underlying cause in order to eliminate the humid conditions required for the mold to spread.

Use the Necessary Safety Precautions

The fact mold can potentially be harmful to your health means cleaning it up is best left to the professionals. You can definitely tackle some minor mold issues on your own. If you do, it is vital that you wear gloves, safety goggles, face mask, rubber boots, etc. in order to protect yourself against any unnecessary exposure.

Remove Any Standing Water and Water-Logged Items

After shutting off the plumbing, repairing the leak or otherwise putting a stop to the source of the water, the next step is to remove any standing water. In some cases, you’ll also find it necessary to remove any soaked furnishings and building materials.

This potentially means cutting out any wet drywall and removing water-logged insulation or pulling up any soaked carpets or other flooring. Although many homeowners are hesitant to take such extreme measures, the truth is this is often the only way to fully stop the mold problems since these materials can never be sufficiently dried to the point where mold won’t simply continue to grow.

Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone. The professionals at UpRite Plus 2 offer years of experience performing complete mold remediation and reconstruction services. At UpRite Plus 2, we offer a comprehensive suite of construction services designed to tackle your mold problem and restore your peace of mind.

Take Steps to Fully Dry Out the Affected Area

After removing all soaked or damaged items, the next step is to dry the affected areas out as quickly as you can to prevent further damage. This can involve using fans, dehumidifiers and various other methods.

Basically, whatever it takes to completely eliminate the moist conditions necessary for mold growth as soon as possible. At UpRite Plus 2, we use a range of cutting-edge equipment to quickly dry out affected areas and restore your peace of mind.

Contact UpRite Plus 2 to Learn How to Get Rid of Mold

Generally speaking, you may be able to go the DIY route for any minor water damage and mold issues as long as you catch the problem early on and act immediately. In this case, simply spot cleaning any minor mold growth with bleach, fungicide or antimicrobial spray may be enough to solve the problem.

However, the fact mold can cause so many health problems and can spread so quickly means any significant mold infestation should be left to the professionals. Even if you only suspect a mold infestation and only see a few signs of mold, UpRite Plus 2 can help.

Whether it's for your business or home, the experts at UpRite Plus 2 will quickly provide a viable solution to restore your peace of mind.

Contact UpRite Plus 2 today for a consultation.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

Need Mold Remediation Services? We Can Help.