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Emergency Tips for Dealing With Mold Damage

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

This utility closet has mold growing in it due to moisture that has accumulated here.

When you find black mold in your Woodstock, GA home, the cleanup process needs to start immediately. Your first step should be to make an appointment with a trusted residential mold remediation team. However, unless the professionals can come to your home immediately, you will need to take some additional action.

• Stop the Airflow: Mold spores are light enough to be carried to the far reaches of your home through airflow. This means spores often travel through ventilation systems to get to new parts of your home. Because you don't want black mold to get to new areas, you need to close down this mode of transportation. Without special equipment, you may not be able to completely stop the airflow in your home. However, you can severely limit it. Turn off the HVAC system in your home. Remember, you should also turn the fan off.
• Stop the Water Supply. A moisture problem often creates a breeding ground for mold. If you don't know where the excess moisture is coming from, you can cut off the water supply at the source by turning off your home's water. This should stop any leaks from continuing to grow and spread.
• Control the Humidity. Turning off the water may not be enough to actually remove the current problem. You can start to reduce the humidity in your home by running a dehumidifier in the space. Cleaning up any standing water could also help, but this may be better to leave to the professionals. The mold cleanup process can be intensive, but it is important it get done correctly as soon as possible.

Finding black mold can be a scary thing. You may not know how long it's been there or how far it has spread, but you do know that you need to address the issue as quickly as you can. Fast action may help reduce the damage done by mold growth. Visit http://www.SERVPROcherokeecounty.com for more information on mold.

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