The Do's And Don'ts Of Mold Growth & Mold Removal For Property Owners

Mold isn't just unsightly; it's also a health hazard and a symptom of an underlying moisture problem. As experts in water damage restoration and mold remediation at All Dry, we want to guide you through the do's and don'ts of mold removal.

DO Understand the Scope of the Problem


Mold often grows in dark, damp places, meaning it’s sometimes hidden from view. Spotting it may be just the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to understand the extent of your mold problem. Whenever you find or suspect mold in your property, it is always recommended to put your trust in mold removal and remediation experts for assistance with addressing the issue and clearing your property of any mold growth.


DON’T Ignore Mold


Never ignore mold. Even if it appears to be a small patch, it can spread quickly. Leaving mold untreated can result in poor air quality and can worsen health problems, especially in those with allergies or asthma. In addition, ignoring mold growth can lead to serious structural damage in your home as it eats away at materials like wood and drywall.


DO Put Your Safety First When It Comes To Mold Contact And Exposure


If you decide to clean up a small area of mold, it’s critical that you use the right protective gear. This includes wearing an N95 respirator mask, gloves, goggles, and clothing that covers your skin. Mold spores can be harmful if inhaled, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When You choose to work with a professional mold removal and remediation company, you can rest assured that the experts will always consider your health and safety a priority, and will implement all of the necessary safety precautions to keep you and your property safe and sound throughout the removal process.


DON’T Use Bleach on Porous Surfaces


There is a common misconception that bleach is the best way to kill mold. Bleach can be effective on nonporous surfaces, but it won't work on porous materials like wood, drywall, or grout. In fact, using bleach on these materials can actually provide additional moisture that could encourage mold growth rather than killing the spores.


DO Address the Source of Moisture


Before you get started on the mold removal process, it’s imperative to address the source of the moisture. Without addressing the source of the moisture with proper water damage restoration or proper care and maintenance, any resulting mold that is removed is likely to return and flourish. This may involve fixing leaks, resolving drainage issues, or investing in a dehumidifier. Without addressing the underlying issue, any mold remediation efforts will be temporary. If you choose to work with All Dry, you will be relieved to know that we offer both mold remediation and water damage restoration services to stop mold in its tracks and rid your home of the pesky invader for good!


DON’T Paint or Caulk Over Mold


You might think covering mold with paint or caulk will seal it away, but this is merely a cosmetic remedy – not a solution. Mold can continue to grow underneath these surfaces, causing further damage. Before painting or caulking, the mold must be completely removed, and the area needs to be dry.

DON’T Attempt DIY Mold Remediation, Especially In Large Areas


If you have a large area of mold or if the infestation is in your HVAC system, it’s time to call in the professionals. DIY remediation can be hazardous to your health, and without the right tools, you may not completely eradicate the problem. Professional mold remediation companies like All Dry have the expertise and equipment to safely and effectively deal with extensive mold issues..


DON’T Assume Mold is the Only Problem


Mildew is often a companion of mold. It’s also a symptom of a moisture issue, so be sure to check for other potential problems that may require your attention. This can include rot, insects, or other signs of moisture damage.

DO Think About Prevention


After mold removal, it’s essential to take preventive measures to ensure that the mold doesn’t return. This includes maintaining good ventilation in areas like your bathroom and kitchen, using mold-resistant products when repairing or remodeling, and regularly inspecting your home for new signs of mold growth.


DON’T Hesitate to Contact Professionals


Reaching out to a professional is never a bad idea, and is typically recommended when you are dealing with mold growth, so never hesitate to reach out to your trusted mold remediation experts. Mold removal can be complex and risky, especially without experience. At All Dry, we’re equipped to assess the situation, devise a mold remediation plan, tackle the moisture issue and provide any water damage restoration services you may need, and restore your property to its pre-mold condition.


Do Educate Yourself


Educate yourself about the types of mold and their potential health risks. Knowing more about what you’re dealing with can make the remediation process less intimidating and will enable you to take more effective steps to prevent future growth.


DON’T Forget About Insurance


In some cases, your homeowner's insurance may cover mold remediation, especially if it results from an insured loss, such as a burst pipe. Oftentimes you will receive better coverage for your remediation service if it is handled by a professional as well. Be sure to check your policy and consult with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.


When it comes to tackling mold growth in your property, it is important to remember that accuracy, safety, and precision are key, and that reaching out to a professional like the All Dry team is always a wise choice. If you take the appropriate steps to remove and prevent mold, you will protect not just your home but the health and well-being of all who live there. If you encounter a mold issue in your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact All Dry for professional and compassionate service to guide you back to a clean, safe, and mold-free environment.