Mold Removal Services in Orange County
A#1 Emergency Service are your mold damage remediation experts!
If you’re in South Orange County, such as Dana Point, Laguna Beach, or San Clemente and in need of mold damage remediation, please contact us right away!
There are many different types of mold that can grow in your home or office as a result of water damage. These molds can cause health problems if not taken care of immediately. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to identify which type of mold you have unless you call a mold remediation specialist. These types of water damage and mold-related problems can be especially common in the southern California coastal areas such as Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, and Laguna Beach. Our mold removal professionals will be able to determine the type of mold growing in your home or office, give you an estimate of the mold removal cost, and remove it effectively.
Helpful Mold Cleaning Tips
Avoiding mold is nearly impossible, for where there is water and moisture, there is mold and mildew. Even this SERVPRO in Austin says about half of its calls are for mold remediation, so its obviously a very common problem in many households. Your bathroom is the perfect breeding ground, but you probably already know that. With all the heat and moisture, the grout between your tiles and the sealant around your tub attracts mold like flowers attract bees. Unless it’s causing allergies or other health problems, you can take care of your mold with just a few simple steps.
: The reason your bathroom is moldy and mildewy is because it’s warm, damp, and airless. To cut back on mold growth, first, tackle these factors. Open a window, turn on a fan, or leave the door open after and/or during your shower, especially if your bathroom doesn’t have any windows. Turn on your vent fan before starting your shower to make sure it’s nice and warmed up (the vent, that is) before the bathroom gets too humid. In addition, keep in running until you leave for the day—even if the mirror is no longer fogged up, there’s still moisture in the air.
: We’re not talking about your daily exercise or eating routine here; we’re talking about your cleaning routine. You don’t need to clean every day, but definitely, make sure your bathroom stays clean and organized. Every few days, wipe down the countertops and other surfaces to keep them free from dirt, grease, or body oils. Use a squeegee after showering (even on the floor tiles!) and spread towels out so that they can dry completely. In addition, since they absorb less liquid and moisture, use the most synthetic materials possible for your bathmats and shower curtains.
: Depending on how much mold growth you have and how long it’s been there, you may need to get in there and really scrub it off. Products such as borax, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide should help with mold odor also, plus they’re safe for you and the environment. Use a closed-loop microfiber towel, and dilute any of the above products in some water, then scrub, scrub, scrub. The scrubbing action and absorption power of the towel grab mold and mildew. A stiff bristle toothbrush or tile brush can really get into those grout lines.
Go big: If the above-mentioned products simply don’t work, try a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part bleach, or buy a cleaning product that has bleach in it, such as Zep Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. However, remember not to mix the different solutions that you try, as combining bleach and ammonia will give off toxic, life-threatening fumes. In addition, a steam cleaner with a high heat setting can help tackle really difficult-to-remove areas.
: Don’t give up just because your grout is black. If it’s not broken up, it’s still serving its purpose as a barrier between the moisture and your walls. However, if you give it your all and still can’t get rid of the pesky mold, consider ripping out the caulk and resealing your tub area (scrape it out with a sharp-edged tool, clean the area with bleach, let it dry completely, then fill it again). If you think it may be growing in the walls or spreading to other areas, it might be worth re-tiling the tub or renovating the bathroom. If you choose this route, make sure you do it right: use mildew-resistant paint or laminate flooring, install a vent fan, and seal the new grout properly.
Do you live in the Orange County area and need commercial mold remediation or mold removal for your home? Give A#1 Emergency Service a call at (949) 489-1929. We can come out, do a quick and thorough inspection, and recommend an economical course of action.