What To Expect With Mold Remediation When You Have A Mold Allergy Or Asthma

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When you have a mold allergy or asthma, you need to be extra careful about keeping your home dry. If mold starts to grow, your allergy symptoms could get worse and make you miserable. If mold starts growing due to a roof leak or other unexpected event, you'll want to call a mold remediation company to get rid of the mold so you don't have to expose yourself to the spores. Here's a look at going through the mold remediation process when you have allergies or asthma.

You May Want To Stay Elsewhere

Talk to the mold remediation company and your allergist about whether it's safe to stay in your home while the mold is being removed. It may depend on how much mold is present and where it's located. However, to be the safest, you may want to stay elsewhere until the work is done.

The mold remediation company takes steps to control the spread of spores during removal. They may put up plastic sheets and install a negative pressure system that pulls air out of the area instead of letting spores waft through your house. This keeps mold spores controlled so the air in your home stays as clean as possible.

Your HVAC Might Be Shut Down

Another reason to consider leaving for the duration of the mold removal work is that your HVAC might need to be shut off. If mold is in the ducts and HVAC, it will definitely need to be shut down while it's being cleaned. If the weather is hot, cold, or muggy, the conditions in your home might make it difficult for you to breathe easily if you have asthma.

The mold remediation company gives you an estimate of how long it should take to get your home in order, so if your home doesn't have much mold, you may only need to be gone a few days.

Strong Chemical Odors May Not Be A Concern

The contractor uses nontoxic chemicals to clean up the mold. If you're concerned about the lingering odors bothering you when you come home, you may want to ask about using dry ice rather than chemicals. Blasting the mold off with dry ice is often a good approach for an attic or basement.

Your contractor will listen to your concerns and work with your allergy issues or help you understand why specific measures are necessary for eliminating the mold in your house.

Mold Remediation Restores Your Home

The remediation process involves cutting out and destroying moldy materials or killing mold on the structures of your house. The contractor might also seal the wood where mold was present to keep the mold from coming back. During this process, the contractor might use air scrubbers that capture spores and odors so when you return home, there will be no mildew odors or hidden mold to trigger your allergies.

However, it's important to remember that mold spores are always around, so you need to keep your home dry and repair the roof leak or whatever caused the mold, or the mold will come back.

For more information, contact a local mold remediation service today.