A flooded attic is bad enough to deal with, and the clean-up can be an arduous task.
After the water is gone and the dirt has been removed, and things seem to be back to normal there is still something to worry about: mold.
Don’t let this grave problem invade your home.
Black attic mold is one of the most dangerous kinds of mold that can be found in your home.
Contrary to some people’s beliefs that mold isn’t that dangerous, it can be. Attic mold remediation falls under the umbrella of water damage restoration.
It requires specialized equipment such as a HEPA filtration vacuum that can remove mold spores from the air and carpet as well.
Mold remediation technicians should be certified, not only in water damage restoration but in mold remediation, too.
Your attic isn’t the only thing that needs to be cleaned and dried so that mold doesn’t grow from all of the moisture.
Your salvageable belongings also need to be cleaned and having experienced technicians who know how to use the proper equipment can spell the difference in getting rid of the spores that cause mold and having the nasty stuff start growing on your possessions after a few months.
Water damage restoration experts will also be able to walk you through the proper storage of personal items that were involved in a flood.
The use of ultrasonic waves in washing various objects is an innovation that deep-cleanses fabrics, getting the soapsuds into hard to reach places and killing mold spores.
So one day you walk into your attic, and you find out you have mold. Don’t panic. There are a few steps you need to take to neutralize the threat;
First things first, call a mold remediation company. Call at least 2-3 companies to get different estimates before choosing who you are going to go through.
Many companies will give you different prices, and it best to pick a company that is cost efficient, but will also get the job done correctly.
Also, it is a good idea to specify that you need the mold to be remediated, but that you also want your attic ventilation system to be checked as well.
This will help in figuring out where the mold has started, and can nip the problem in the bud.
Thereafter, try to determine the root of the problem.
Most attic mold is usually due to excessive moisture and warm spaces, since that is where mold and mildew thrive.
Two things could be the cause of the mold in your attic.
Either, mold spores are getting in through the ventilation system into your attic, or it has taken a new home on your decking boards.
Depending on how much space in your attic has been covered with mold, you may need to get a new ventilation system, or replacing all of the decking boards.
The more expensive option would be to replace the roofing. If only a small area is covered, you may just want to replace the affected decking and get the mold remediated.
Controlling mold can be a difficult thing to do because it can’t be seen right away and you may not even realize that there is a problem until you can see it.
By that time, it may be too late to salvage belongings, and you will have to get rid of them to prevent the spread of the mold.
Hiring an experienced water damage restoration team is a critical move not only to clean up the mess but to kill the mold and mildew efficiently, thus protecting your family from dangerous contaminants that could be harmful to them and even pets.
Attic mold can cause upper respiratory infections, exacerbate asthma and allergies and can also be the cause of more severe illnesses if exposure is over a longer period of time.
Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to the illnesses that mold can cause. Pets can also suffer from illnesses caused by mold, especially since some may have access to or are kept in the attic for extended periods of time.
Remember, most attic mold (especially black mold) should not be taken lightly, because they can be very hazardous to one’s health.
It’s important to call for professional help immediately when you learn of the damage, because the longer you wait, the more the damage will occur.
If a large area is affected, it may even be cheaper to replace and decking and roofing altogether instead of doing each separately.
Water damage restoration is no doubt a tiring task but with a water damage restoration company that has the right experience, the right technicians, and the right equipment, the job can be cut down to size.
Attic mold can start out as a tiny spore but grow into a huge nightmare if water restoration and attic mold remediation aren’t done properly.
Don’t let this happen to your property and your family.
Find a water damage restoration agency that will go the extra mile to protect you and your property from the ravages of attic mold.
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Author: Ramsay Danny
Danny Ramsay is a licensed professional premier restoration technician for fire and water damage, mold remediation services.