Whether you own a residential or commercial property in Atlanta, GA, the last thing you want to deal with is a mold problem. Mold is not only unsightly, but it is also dangerous to the health of pets and individuals inside the building. Mold can be a cause of several different respiratory problems that can get worse over time. It can also cause significant damage to your property.
Unseen moisture damage is the leading cause of mold issues. This could come from several different places such as a damaged roof, damaged siding, or issues within your plumbing system.
These issues can often go unseen for quite some time, especially if the moisture is getting in through the roof, or behind your siding. By the time you see the damage, you may be dealing with a serious mold issue. When mold spreads inside your Atlanta, GA, property, you want to have mold remediation plans set in motion as soon as possible. Mold remediation is the process of removing necessary materials, providing a complete clean, and repairing the source of the moisture infiltration.
Proper maintenance of your property is the best way to prevent the need for mold remediation in the first place. Having a professional inspect high-risk areas at least once a year can help you catch several potential problems early. Early detection of any issue can typically result in less expensive repairs and doesn’t require a large-scale project. When water is involved, however, it doesn’t take long for damage to spread and cause serious problems. Even a small presence of moisture can lead to the development of mold.
Mold can spread quickly, especially in unseen areas of your property. The first important step is closely examining the area to try and determine how much the mold covers. This will involve the mold you can see, as well as areas that are not typically accessible, such as in the ceiling or within your walls. This helps you to pinpoint the location of where the moisture issue may have originated.
Finding the source of the moisture helps professionals provide the repairs you need, as well as remove necessary materials that could be damaged such as ceiling tiles or carpet. Additionally, knowing the extent of the mold growth can also help you properly prepare, such as getting a professional cleaning team in, assessing if you’ll need to make major repairs, and determining if you should contact your insurance provider to start the claim process.
When you need to involve your insurance company, they will require evidence of the damage. This evidence is also good to have for your records. You should take measurements, pictures, and videos of the extent of the mold damage. In cases of serious damage, an assessor may be sent to take their own photos or video. You can use your evidence to point out trouble areas you’ve noticed. This can help direct professionals to the source of the problem. In addition to aiding the insurance claim process, this evidence can help a professional contractor develop a remediation plan unique to your circumstance.
Complete mold removal is not an easy task. There are several different types of mold and some are more harmful than others. A professional is going to have the experience necessary to understand what protective equipment is needed. A professional contractor with experience in mold remediation will meet with you to first provide a detailed inspection of the mold area. They can determine what aspects of the space are salvageable, and what will need repair or replacement.
The first important step is determining the source of the moisture. This can be tricky for someone without the necessary experience. Water damage can be misleading. What may look like a clear trouble spot may not be the true root of the issue.
Contractors with water damage experience will have the right cleaning supplies and equipment to ensure the area is safe once again. This includes cleaning and drying the space. Since you are working with a contractor, they will be able to make the necessary repairs as well. It is also beneficial to work with a company that services HVAC systems. Mold can get into your heating or cooling units and circulate harmful mold particles if not properly cleaned. The experienced contractors at Contractors Inc. will develop the best plan for you. We have the mold remediation expertise to provide you with peace of mind that your property will be well-taken care of and can provide a healthy space for both residential and commercial property owners. Contact us today.
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