Finding mold in your home can be very worrisome. Maybe it’s just a little bit in your shower, or perhaps you’ve stumbled on a big problem in your attic or crawl space. The amount of mold you find will determine your best course of action.
You can purchase products to help clear your shower of mold and mildew that can accumulate after several showers and improper drainage. But for larger and more intrusive mold, you’ll have to take more drastic measures. Large amounts of mold are not only unsightly, it can also cause serious health issues.
While some mold can be seen, you can’t see mold spores in the air. And there are some types of mold that you cannot see or smell. You may only know you have a mold issue if you have health problems.
Depending on your sensitivity to mold, you may experience headaches, nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and in some more serious cases, vomiting.
If you have young children, elderly, or others whose immune system is weak living in your home, mold can be a very serious issue. It’s important to mitigate the mold in your home quickly and properly.
In most cases, serious mold problems will need to be taken care of by a professional restoration company. Not only is mold difficult to remove, it can cause health problems for the person removing the mold if they don’t do it properly. When professionals mitigate mold they have special products, one of which is an air scrubber. This is one piece of equipment that you’ll want to have in your home to ensure the safety and comfort of your family.
What is an air scrubber? It is an industrial and portable filtration system that purifies the air by removing gases and particles. When you use an air scrubber, you can expect a restoration company to bring the machine into the room with the mold problem. It usually sits in the middle of the room without any ducting attached. The air scrubber sucks air in, and the air passes through a series of filters that removes mold spores and other particles, gases, and even chemicals.
There are a couple of different types of air scrubbers -- wet and dry air scrubbers. A wet air scrubbers draws air in through a moist pad or wet cloth. The particles in the air stick to the wet pad as the air passes through; when it comes out the other side the air is clean! Dry air scrubbers work the same way but instead of a wet pad an alumina or porous material that is treated with chemicals is used to clean the air.
It’s important to use an air scrubber when removing mold from your home. When you disturb the mold during the removal process, the spores can make their way into the air, your HVAC system, onto your furniture, into your carpet, etc. etc. By cleaning the air with an air scrubber you can ensure that as you clean and remove mold from your home, you are also removing it from your air too.
If you’re in need of mold mitigation, contact RestoreMasters to restore your home to safe, mold-free environment with quality work and attention to detail.