Wood is often the material of choice for homes throughout the world. Abundant, sturdy, and natural, wood also has another distinguishing quality: it’s hygroscopic. Wood retains and soaks up water rather than expelling it from its surface. This property of retaining water makes wood vulnerable to moisture-related conditions that creates a fertile breeding ground for mold. Unfortunately, mold can eat the wood in your home, causing structural damage and posing other health risks as well. To help you protect the value and integrity of your home, here’s a quick guide on how to get rid of mold on wood.
Identify the Mold Type
While the common home owner has a vague knowledge of mold, professionals know that there are many different types that can grow on your home. The differences between mold types is vast, posing different risks and requiring different removal strategies for remediation to be successful. Only a mold specialist, like PES Crawlspace, has the right equipment and experience to differentiate between the many strains of mold and provide proper treatment.
Choose the Right Solution
Just as there are many mold types, there are also multiple ways to fight them. Depending on the type of mold, the severity of the problem, and whether the wood is finished or not, different solutions will be used to get rid of mold on wood. While small amounts of mold on wood can be eradicated with household chemicals, serious mold issues will require professional help. PES Crawlspace has all of the professional-level solutions to accurately identify and solve your mold problems.
Use Safety Gear and Procedures
The HAZMAT used to kill mold is often harmful to breathe—or even to touch depending on the solution. Cleaning using potent solutions that are toxic to humans requires special understanding of how to safely handle the materials. While the personal protective gear used in handling HAZMAT is expensive to the average citizen, professionals like PES Crawlspace have a thorough understanding of what it takes to get rid of your mold safely and effectively.
Target all of the Mold
If you’ve identified a small area of mold in your home, it’s important to find the underlying source of the problem. The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” does not really apply with mold, because mold can damage your home and air quality even when you can’t see it. Moisture control is essential, as this is often the root source of mold. If looking for the source of mold in your home, finding the source of leaking water is usually a good place to start. It should also be mentioned that the source of mold is often found in a home’s crawlspace, so if you need a professional to inspect the deepest parts of your home, PES Crawlspace knows exactly what to look for.
Ensure that it Stays Gone
Like other pests that may permeate your home, getting rid of mold once does not necessarily mean they’re gone forever. Once the mold is removed from the wood in your home, there are actions you can take to minimize the chances of it coming back. Arguably the most important way you can keep mold from coming back is to control moisture levels and ensure your crawl space is properly ventilated, as 40 percent of the air within your actually comes from beneath your home.