It's shocking to see an entire wall in your home covered in mold, but it can happen if you have a water leak and your home is vacant or you don't go in the room very often to notice the mold early. Mold can spread pretty fast, and you don't want to be in a home that has a serious mold problem.
There could even be more mold that you can't see, so it's difficult to judge the extent of mold damage. Call a mold remediation company when you see a large patch of mold in your home. Here are some steps they might take.
Determine If You Need To Leave Your Home
The first step is to determine if it's safe for you to stay in your home. You don't want to breathe mold spores, so the remediation company may decide it's best for you to stay elsewhere until the mold has been removed. When the crew starts working, they wear protective gear when entering your home, so it's safe for them, but you don't want to wear protective gear all the time you're in your house, so it's safer for you to leave if the mold is bad.
Remove Moldy Materials
The mold remediation company has to find where mold is hiding so they get rid of it all. Once that's decided, a plan is developed. The plan might include getting rid of belongings and building materials covered in mold. Things like walls and carpet may need to be torn out, double bagged, and removed from your house.
This work releases mold spores, but the remediation company sets up negative pressure equipment and air scrubbers to control the spores so they don't spread through your home.
Kill The Mold
The mold that's left in your house has to be killed so it doesn't keep spreading. This might involve washing down hard surfaces with mold-killing chemicals. Mold that can't be removed entirely on certain surfaces, such as wood, might be covered with a sealer that locks the mold in place.
Rebuild Your Walls
Mold is destructive. Part of the destruction comes from removing contaminated materials, but other destruction is caused by the mold itself destroying wood and drywall as the mold infests it. Mold is accompanied by rot that can cause wood building materials to decay.
After all the damaged wood, walls, and floors are removed, your home has to be restored. A mold remediation company has a variety of contractors it works with to complete any kind of restoration work your home might need to have done.
Keep Mold Away
An important part of restoring your home is figuring out why the mold grew so the problem can be eliminated. This might require fixing a roof or plumbing leak. Once your home has been restored and the mold is under control, you'll want to take steps to keep your home dry, improve ventilation, and keep it sanitized so mold won't return.
Reach out to a local mold remediation service for more information.