Mold Under Sink Particle Board in Bathroom or Kitchen
Do you have mold under your sink particle board? Call the number on our website today to get a free quote on remediation, as prolonging its cleanup can cause serious issues to your health and property.
Risks of Mold Exposure
The toxicity of mold is mostly derived from mycotoxins and its spores. Black mold under a sink particle board, for example, is often more hazardous to your health than white mold. Here are some common symptoms associated with mold exposure:
- Hay fever and other allergy symptoms
- Brain fog
Is Mold Common?
Although mold is most common in wet climates, it can be found almost anywhere. The main factors that mold needs for growth are a food and moisture source. In the case of mold under the sink, these two items are readily available. Some other factors that lead to mold are temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and poor air circulation.
How Does Mold Spread?
Mold spreads by releasing mold spores into the atmosphere. While helping to spread the mold into other locations of your property, these spores can also cause health issues. In order to prevent this from happening, you should keep your property dry and use a HEPA filter like the one found on our recommended products page to help remove the spores from the air. You should also consider creating better ventilation in your property by opening doors and windows, as well as by and running fans.
Are Mold Restoration Professionals Also Allowed to Test for Mold?
In most, if not all states, it is actually illegal for a mold specialist to both inspect and remediate mold. This is the case so that there is no conflict of interest on either side.
Is Mold Always Visible?
The short answer to this question is no. It is quite possible to have mold in your property without seeing it. If you suspect this is the case, you should call an industrial hygienist to properly check for it. In addition it may be a good idea to provide your insurance company and your mold remediation company with the information from those reports.
Isolating the Area
When remediating mold, it is important that the professional you hire isolate the contaminated area before they start working. They will typically do this by using polyethylene sheeting. In addition, they may use negative air pressure to allow air to flow out of the isolated area, but not in. This will allow you to ventilate the area without spreading the mold spores to other places.
Drying the Water Damage
As mentioned before, mold is usually caused by some sort of water damage issue in the property. A professional can detect moisture in your building by using a moisture meter like the one found on this page. Once the moisture is detected, they can dry the property by using specialized fans and dehumidifiers.
Dealing with Your Personal Items
Mold may contaminate some of your personal belongings. In this case, your restoration contractor can help by moving and storing these materials in a safe place. Once they are there, you and the contractor can go though your personal belongings to decide which items are salvageable. It is also a good idea to have them document this whole process and provide that information to your insurance company to see if they can cover the losses.
How to Prevent Mold
You can do this in a few ways:
- Get your property waterproofed
- Use a HEPA filter, like the one found here, to remove spores from the air
- Open doors and windows to increase ventilation
- Dry any water damage quickly