If you have a slow, hidden drip in your laundry room, you may not even notice it until you detect a mildew odor. Once you start investigating by pulling out the washer and dryer, you may see mold all over the floor and wall. While you might be able to scrub mold off of a hard surface, it is nearly impossible to clean it from porous drywall and flooring. You're faced with cleaning up mold and repairing water damage, so calling in a mold remediation contractor, like those at American Restoration 24/7, Fire & Water Damage Restoration, is usually the safest thing to so. Here are some of the steps involved in fixing the problem.
Stop The Water Leak
The first thing that must be done is to stop the leak. If possible, turn off the water supply to that particular faucet or pipe so mold cleanup can be done before the plumbing repairs. Then, you'll want the plumbing repairs completed before putting in new drywall and flooring so they don't get damp, too.
Remove Moldy Porous Items
The contractor will assess the damage and decide what has to be removed, bagged, and taken from your home. This may include cabinets, flooring, and drywall. Care must be taken during this process so mold spores aren't spread throughout your home. In addition, the workers have to wear protective clothing so they don't touch or inhale the spores. Cleaning up a large amount of mold, especially when demolition is involved, is dangerous work, and that's one reason it's often best to call in professionals.
Install Air Scrubbing Equipment
Once mold has been removed or scrubbed away, your home will still have a mildew odor. This can be eliminated with air scrubbers that have HEPA filters in them. A negative airflow system may also be used so air from inside your home is drawn outdoors. Dehumidifiers may also be installed to draw out dampness and moisture. When the job is complete, there should be no trace or odor of mold in the room or your home.
Restore Flooring And Drywall
The final step in restoring your laundry room to normal is putting in new flooring and drywall. Once all water damaged pieces have been removed, the room dries out much quicker and your home returns to normal. Your contractor may do additional testing to make sure the mold is gone and not growing in another room due to high humidity caused by the leak.
However, keep in mind that mold tests usually pick up some mold since mold spores are almost always present in the air. Detecting them on a test isn't automatically a bad sign. Your contractor has to interpret the test and consider it along with a physical inspection before deciding your home is free of mold damage.
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