The truth is it’s easy to keep mold and water damage ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ You plan on getting around to it; it’s on the to-do list. But can’t it wait until things slow down for you, for your family, or at your business? STOP Restoration has three reasons why addressing mold and water damage at residential or commercial properties simply cannot wait.
1. It Could Threaten Yours and Others’ Health
That’s right. It’s not just unsightly, it’s potentially unhealthy. Mold grows very quickly, as in 24 to 48 hours quickly. And it spreads easily through its spores which travel through the air, and land on nearby surfaces. And, you guessed it, these spores are not good for the human respiration system. As we mentioned in our Summer Home Inspection Checklist blog, “…all mold is not good for you or your family to breathe, and it affects indoor air quality. Some types of molds produce toxins and are hazardous, especially for those with compromised immune systems and allergies to it.”
2. It Will Only Get Worse (And Probably More Expense to Fix)
Since we’ve covered the fact that mold grows and spreads quickly, it’s easy to understand why it’s a bad idea to put off getting rid of it. The more mold there is, the more it will cost to mitigate the affected area. In addition, mold needs moisture to grow. So, the presence of mold likely means a water leak, which in turn is causing water damage. This could mean damage to drywall, insulation, infrastructure, flooding and more, and will only increase in quantity and cost if ignored as well.
3. Give Yourself Peace of Mind
So, we’ve established that the longer you wait, the worse it gets. Perhaps you’re a homeowner dealing with water damage and mold risks from flooding, a burst pipe, or you could be a commercial property owner worried about how to clean up a leak without impacting business productivity. There’s no better time than the present to deal with water damage and mold mitigation. Checking off these tasks now will lower the costs of cleanup down the road and will help a home or building’s long-term maintenance and value. (Read more about this thought in our blog about finding mold in a house you’re selling or buying.) Most importantly, knowing that the inhabitants of a structure at any health risk is the best way to give yourself peace of mind.
Ready to Tackle Water Damage and Mold Mitigation?
You ready to step up to the task? Don’t try to tackle it alone. For an area 10-square-feet or smaller, However, there are several safety steps to consider if you decide to try to clean-up an area affected by water and mold, including using a proper respirator, ensuring adequate ventilation, preventing cross-contamination between spaces, wearing the correct, protective goggles and gloves, among other steps for safety. When all these factors are met, you can attempt to use a water/bleach mix to treat and kill, then scrape and clean.
In the end, it’s best to call in the professionals to make sure the job is done right the first time.
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