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Not all mold damage is created equal, but the rule of thumb to make sure it is handled by professional restoration experts. In some cases, it can even put the health of all those in the home at risk. Either way, it is important to be aware of these different levels and what they mean for you. Thus, five different levels of mold damage are included below. Whether you encounter level 1 or level 5 damage, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Certi-Dry in the Madison area for help.
Level 1: 10 Square Feet Or Less Of Damage
This is the least severe form of mold damage. The mold at this level is on the surface and is likely a result of humidity or temperature fluctuations. It can easily be removed and cleaned without too much trouble.
Level 2: 10-30 Square Feet Of Damage
When mold extends to this point, it could be an indication of a more serious problem, but not necessarily. At this point, you may still be able to clean up the damage on your own, but you need to be sure that the problem is just on the surface. Also, if mold damage to this extent is not taken care of soon, it may quickly develop into level 3 damage.
Level 3: 30-100 Square Feet Of Damage
Mold growth of this magnitude indicates a serious problem that deserves immediate attention. The first step is to have the building professionally tested for mold (mold inspection will help define the extent of the damage and the scope of the required mold cleanup). Then, it is advisable to consult an experienced mold specialist about the best course of action.
Level 4: 100 Or More Square Feet Of Damage
At this point, the mold growth poses serious health and safety concerns. It should only ever be undertaken by professional restoration technicians. Everyone working on the cleanup must be trained in dealing with hazardous materials, wear respiratory protection, and protective clothing. It is very likely that the only way to remove that mold is to demolish significant parts of walls and ceilings since the mold has grown inside them.
Level 5: HVAC System Contamination
When mold permeates into HVAC systems, the entire house is in danger of being compromised by mold growth. All mold remediation efforts that involve HVAC systems should be completely left to the professionals. The entire house will need to be inspected and tested for mold as the HVAC system will have spread it throughout the entire house.
Mold damage isn’t something to trifle with. What may start as a level 1 mold damage problem can quickly escalate into higher levels if not taken care of soon. If you find any mold damage at all in your home, we advise that you give us a call at Certi-Dry in the Madison area for help. Our professional technicians will help you to determine what the best steps are and the most effective way to help your home be mold free.