Safely Kill Mold Caused by Flooding
Sadly, we hear of many catastrophic events on the news which involve extensive damage caused by hurricanes, rivers overflowing, tidal waves, levees breaking and water surges; and that doesn't even cover the amount of people whose homes suffer damages from broken pipes and leaky roofs. But what happens to our properties after they've become water damaged?
One of the most severe aftereffects of flooding in the home is mold growth, which may not only cause further damage to your property, but can also have a serious impact on your health. That's why employing the expertise of a mold removal specialist, who knows how to remove mold safely and correctly, is essential.
Why Is It Important to Kill Mold and Mildew Fast?
Mold will survive and grow so long as it has an organic food source and water. Therefore, when water enters a building by a flood or leak, this creates the perfect atmosphere for mold because of the moisture created. Molds also find their organic food sources in the broken down and saturated materials in carpet fibers, drywall and wood. Over time, this mold can destroy a building by causing structural damage; not to mention all of the major health concerns it can create, too.
What Impacts Can Mold Have on Your Health?
If left untreated, mold spores can become airborne, which means they can be ingested into our sinuses and lungs, potentially causing a number of health problems. These can range from respiratory disorders to flu–like symptoms and even depression and death. It's important to your health and your family's health to treat black mold quickly and to wear a face mask when you pass through any room where black mold is a problem.
How to Remove Mold from Walls
One of the first stages in removing mold is to remove any moldy insulation or drywall. Then, to ensure effective mold removal is carried out, an ozone generator should be used. This will be placed in the property on its highest setting, where it will be left to shock each room for several days. By doing this, it will kill airborne mold and will also remove mold from the surface of materials such as framing lumber, plywood sheeting and 2 x 4 studs. What's more, the ozone machine can also remove any mold or mildew odors.
How Do Ozone Generators Work?
In short, ozone is often referred to as
activated oxygen and it is a sterilizer that is the second-most powerful known to man. Because of its sterilization properties, ozone can be used to kill odors, bacteria and viruses because the ozone reacts with them and oxidizes, or sterilizes, them. Since the byproduct of the sterilization process isn't a harmful chemical, but rather is pure oxygen, sterilizing with ozone is both an effective and safe method of getting rid of mold and mildew. We are often asked,
Are ozone purifiers safe? and the answer is
Yes, if used correctly. See our
Learn the truth about ozone generator ratings page for information on what to look out for when evaluating different manufacturers.
Ozone Machine Safety
Whatever purpose the ozone generator is being used for, from household to commercial mold removal, it is imperative that the correct procedures are employed and adhered to. When seeking a safe way to remove black mold from a building, it is important to follow careful instructions. Safe mold removal involves covering your mouth and nose with a mask to prevent the inhalation of mold spores during the restoration.
When using an ozone generator, you should phone us at 603-673-4830 and seek advice as to which size generator will suit your purpose. The ozone generator should only be placed in closed off, unoccupied rooms while it carries out the shock treatment. For more information about the safe use of an ozone generator, take a look at our Safe Use of an Ozone Generator page.
Why Should You Choose an Ozone Generator?
By using an ozone generator you could save yourself a lot of time and money. It allows you to carry out surface mold removal yourself without relying on remediation contractors who can often be fully booked following any flooding disasters. To use one of our ozone machines, place it in the building or room overnight while it is unoccupied. The following day, you can go into the property to carry out the cleanup operation and to remove belongings without being overcome by the mold. If the structure, carpet, and walls are saturated and full of mold, you will still need a mold remediation contractor's services.
Be Prepared for All Eventualities
When people live in a flood–prone area, they often live in fear of the next flood because it means hefty bills and lots of cleaning. However, investing in an ozone generator provides you with the ultimate cleanup tool, a mold remover, which you can use right away without having to wait for a remediation specialist. In fact, many of these specialists use an ozone machine in their work and they highly recommend the ozone generator as an effective way of removing mold from around the home.
Will Mold Removal Be Covered by My Insurance Company?
Unfortunately, because of the extended problems caused by flooding and natural devastation, many insurance companies have ceased coverage for mold damage. In an article for the The Wall Street Journal, Terry Cullen wrote that an increasing amount of insurance providers removed mold damage from their policies because mold problems have increased. To cover themselves, many homeowners take additional “riders” on their home insurance policies for mold growth.
However, the costs could run into the thousands if you start adding
riders to your insurance policy and continually have to hire remediation companies to carry out the work for you; especially, when it's easy to purchase an effective, long–term and affordable solution: an ozone generator.
For more information about ozone generator models and the benefits they offer, get in touch with expert our team at Jenesco, Inc., today.