Mold Problems: What To Do, And When To Call A Pro

Mold Problems: What To Do, And When To Call A ProGot mold problems? Well, you’re not alone. Many homeowners in the Terre Haute area have found that ugly surprise under their sink, in a corner of the basement or other half-hidden spots in their homes. Sometimes it’s your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician that breaks the news, during an inspection of your ductwork or during a preventive maintenance check of your air-conditioning equipment. No matter when or where you find it, this unhealthy fungi is bad news if it’s in your home or circulating through your air supply.

However, it’s actually good to find mold, in a way, because that means that you can put a stop to its growth immediately. You can clean it up, and, most importantly, locate the root problem. Once you take care of that, you should be mold-free, although you do want to monitor regularly for new mold growth to prevent its reemergence. If left unchecked, mold can cause damage to your home’s structure, and what’s worse, make you and your loved ones sick. If there’s lots of water damage or if mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, you may need to have mold professionally remediated.

Most of the time, however, if you act quickly, there are a number of steps that you can take to rid yourself of this icky issue. Other times, you may need to contact your local heating and cooling contractor for assistance. Here’s a few ways in which you can put the brakes on mold growth in your home:

  • Fix plumbing leaks and moisture problems immediately, and ensure that area i which the leaks occurred are thoroughly dry.
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with soap and water, and dry them completely.
  • Discard porous items, such as ceiling tiles or carpeting, in which mold has taken hold. They typically cannot be cleaned sufficiently to remove mold remnants, which means it’ll just come back.
  • Wear protective gear, including forearm-length gloves, goggles and a respirator, available at most hardware stores.
  • Don’t paint or caulk until areas that you cleaned of mold are completely dry.

Remember that permanent stains may remain after you remove mold. That doesn’t mean mold is still there. However, if you still smell mold, and can’t locate the source of your problems or suspect it may have spread into your HVAC system, contact the experts at Paitson Bros. We’re happy to help, and have been providing expert HVAC service to customers since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about mold problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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