Molds, a microorganism, are a part of the fungi kingdom and belong to the group of eukaryotic organisms. They are a natural part of the environment and you can find them nearly anywhere where oxygen and moisture are present. Exposure to them causes a variety of health effects such as skin, eye and throat irritation as well as wheezing, coughing, and nasal stuffiness. Individuals with immune system dysfunction, lung problems, allergies, and asthma are more likely to suffer from these problems when exposed to mold. In humid and hot conditions, mold can thrive on wood, leather, and upholstered furniture. Left unattended, they can reduce the visual value of furniture as well as give off a musty and unpleasant odor. You can protect your family against harmful allergens, and ensure that your furniture remains in pristine condition by cleaning areas affected by mold and prevent them from growing again.

How to determine presence of mold
If you smell a musty odor in your room, you can rest assured that it has mold. People who feel fine when they are outside, but show signs of allergy when they enter the house, are a sure indication of the presence of mold. Check walls and furniture for dampness and check if your room has proper ventilation. Oftentimes, concealed leaking water supply pipes in the home, moisten the walls, making them a breeding ground for molds. Discoloration or spotting on surfaces is yet another sign of the presence of mold. Never ignore molds as they can cause structural damage on the material they are growing on. Your best option, after you have detected molds, is to remove them and cleanse the area you discovered them.

Removing mold yourself
You might be tempted to remove molds yourself following online “do it yourself” guides and videos, as this saves you the expenditure incurred in hiring the services of a professional mold removal agency. However, this job is not as easy as displayed in online videos and tutorials. Are you aware that you can permanently damage your costly carpet if you try to remove molds from them with a diluted solution of bleach? The bleach can discolor the carpet and the liquid in it can cause the color to bleed from one part of the carpet to the other. It is the same when removing these fungi growth from distemper painted walls, as you will end up removing the paint too. The same holds true while removing molds from furniture and upholstery.

Contact a professional
Contacting a professional mold removal company and seeking their services to remove all traces of molds from your home works out cheaper than attempting the task by yourself if you include the costs of repairing the damages you caused to your property during your mold removing venture. Remember, it is literally impossible for you to detect all places where molds are thriving. If you do not eradicate them, the remaining ones will release spores that will cause mold to spread and grow in other damp parts of your home. You might not believe it, but professionals can actually track the source of the mold by following the odor it emits. Professional mold removal agencies also use state of the art tools such as:
• Particle counters (This tool determines the precise quantity of air by sizing & counting the exact number of particles inside the air and the cleanliness of the air in any environment).
• Borescope (This is a small camera attached to a snake-like tubing, and allows the specialists to inspect hard to reach areas and view them for the growth of mold. The borescope allows professionals to see under stairwells, in HVAC ducts, under cabinets, behind closed walls, and other hard to access places).
• Digital moisture probe (This moisture detecting tool ascertains the perimeter of water intrusion and emits an audible signal if the reading is above 18%).

They also use other tools such as:
• Additional water extraction gadget
• Ozone and hydroxyl generators
• Air mover
• Dehumidifier
• Negative air machine
• Air vacuum

The removal job
Once the professionals have detected the intensity of growth and the areas when mold growth has taken place, they will proceed to:
• Fix the water problem
• Isolate the contaminated area
• Remove the growth without damaging the surface on when the growth has taken place and place the extracted mold in plastic bags.
• Use special cleaning solutions for removing mold from your carpet and upholstery

Always opt for reputable and professional mold removal agencies that have been in the business for many years. Take quotes from a few of them and entrust the task to the agency who offers you the best value for your money. Remember, all professional agencies provide a warranty. If you discover mold growth within that period, they will remove it free of charge.

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