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Reclaiming Your Home or Business After Mold Damage

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Reclaiming Your Home or Business After Mold Damage

For many home and business-owners in the US, mold damage has, at least once, become a problem within their buildings. Not only is mold in home and commercial mold damage unsightly, but mold damage can cause problems to buildings structurally if not taken care of quickly. Mildew, one of mold's closest relatives, also has the same damaging effects.


Unlike plants that use photosynthesis to feed themselves and grow, mold and mildew are both actually a fungus that uses its surroundings for nourishment. It can grow in multiple settings, such as soil, food, or damp walls. A key indicator of mold or mildew is its distinctive, smelly odor, that can be best described as "musty," "earthy," or some even say "smoky."

The repercussions of mold in home and commercial mold damage can be unsightly, hazardous, and costly. It is important for the mitigation of mold to happen as soon as possible. If left unchecked, mold damage can eat away at structures like plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpet, and carpet padding to name a few.

Mold removal can be tricky because mold spores are airborne and everywhere. All these spores need is moisture and warmth for them to thrive, which is why mold can become so prevalent in bathrooms and laundry rooms. This is also why mold in home or commercial mold damage is an indicator of bigger problems like roof leaks or damaged plumbing. So in truth, mold removal cannot be completely achieved, but mold remediation is possible.


As stated above, true mold removal is impossible. However, one of the best and easiest mold remediation techniques requires two ingredients: distilled white vinegar and water. First, rubber gloves must be worn to protect skin from the mold or mildew and also from the acidity of the vinegar. Experts say to add one part vinegar to nine parts water in a spray bottle (make sure to swirl this mixture together). Spray the vinegar and water mixture onto the affected area, and scrub lightly with a sponge to remove the outer black layer of the fungus, then wipe up with a dry paper towel. To achieve true mitigation of mold damage, saturate the marred area in undiluted vinegar and leave it for fifteen minutes to one hour, depending upon the severity of the mold or mildew problem. Finally, wipe down the area with a sponge dipped in water, and pat dry with a paper towel. If the mold or mildew problem continues, treat it with undiluted vinegar once a week until it ceases.

A restoration company should be called to complete mold mitigation or mold remediation services. In addition to mitigation services, these professionals have the capability of deodorization to remove the fungus' smelly odor. However, a DIY approach can be continued. There are some tips and tricks below.


Sometimes commercial mold damage or mold in home is hard to see, especially if the fungus growth is in its early stage. The smelly odor of mold can be bothersome; thankfully, there are some everyday home products to try to freshen up a home or business. To begin the deodorization process, only a few items are needed.

A smelly odor can be removed from a hard surface by wiping it down with vinegar or a lemon juice and water solution. After the surface has been wiped down, sprinkled baking soda can be used to remove residual smells. Most molds (and their smells) can be killed with a steam cleaner as well.

The deodorization of carpets can be managed by, again, cleaning them with vinegar. Once dry, dust carpets with borax and leave to sit for at thirty minutes, then vacuum.

While mold can be a nuisance, it can be managed. To prevent further damage in the future, be sure to dehumidify and circulate air. Home or business reclamation can be achieved.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

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