While it may seem easy to perform mold removal by resorting to natural and home-based substances on visible surfaces, completely eradicating them and getting rid of the ones thriving on hidden areas is a gargantuan task. Ones hidden behind wooden walls, between the threads on carpets and those that have latched themselves on leaky pipes require great effort to effectively remove them. There are many challenges that an individual at home or a mold removal company face in every task, so with that said, let’s get to know what they are:
First off, they may be pretty hard to find
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, mold removal may involve exterminating ones that are hidden from the naked eye. They may be found behind the walls, especially if your home is primarily made of wood. They may even hide behind the dry wallpaper and only appear in the advanced stages. Knowing the areas that are susceptible to mold growth is an absolute necessity:
- Areas near leaky pipes.
- Attic and areas near the roof, especially during the rainy season.
- The basement, mainly because this is the frequently flooded area during torrential rains and where the majority of the plumbing is.
- Kitchen sink, cupboards and the surrounding areas.
- The bathrooms.
Always look for excess water sources because before you know it, you might already face an infestation.
The many dangers they pose
Mold removal will always involve coming into contact with mold, so both residents and mold remediation professionals must wear ample protection in order to prevent any form of irritation from the fungus. Exposure to trace amounts of mold may not exactly do damage to humans and animals, but if found in excessive amounts, they may cause the following complications:
- Allergic symptoms. Mold is able to reproduce and spread through airborne means, simply by releasing spores into the air. Inhalation of these spores may result into sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. It may even cause fever and flu-like symptoms.
- Skin irritation. Dermatitis, itchy skin and soreness may occur.
- More severe diseases such as mycotoxicosis, which is caused by black mold, and Aspergillosis, which is caused by mold genus Aspergillis, may occur. Symptoms of these disease may start showing up over time.
Protecting yourself from mold is an absolute necessity. Rubber gloves, goggles, hairnet and a non-porous suit may be required for large scale move removal. If you can get a hazmat suit, the better. However, sometimes the danger does not really come from the fungus themselves – it may even come from the mold removal materials. Bleach and other cleaning materials may have corrosive properties, so it is essential to have yourself protected at all costs!
They can’t be completely exterminated
Let’s face it, mold removal involves destroying the ones on the surfaces and inhibiting their growth. We may be able to kill off a majority of them in our homes, but we cannot completely eradicate them. Why? Well, simply because the spores may continue to exist in the air in a dormant state. Aside from removing them on the surfaces, the best we can do is to inhibit the conditions that promote their growth, like being hygienic, frequent cleaning and completely drying stuff up. Proactive measures will definitely benefit you in the long run.