MOLD – Just follow your Nose!
SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids recently held a Continuing Education Class for Realtors on Mold. SERVPRO offers these Continuing Ed classes to both Insurance and Realtor Professionals Free of Charge. Realtors from Roanoke Rapids, Lake Gaston, Virginia and surrounding areas gained knowledge on the contributing factors, dangers and remedies for mold and fungus. SERVPRO Franchise owner and class instructor, Cindy Baldwin emphasized that first it is important to remove the moisture source, make sure the area is completely dry and afterwards a thorough cleaning is in order. She also warned of the importance of wearing a mask that can filter both fine particles and gas as well as other proper protective equipment. She explained the biggest indicator of mold is your nose since mold can grow anywhere there is moisture and leaves a musty, bad smell. Cindy explained there are thousands of kinds of molds and those molds are a part of every environment.
Cindy, along with her husband John Baldwin, also part owner of the Franchise, gave suggestions homeowners can do to prevent mold from getting out of hand included keeping crawlspace vents open year-round and making sure attics have proper ventilation. Since airflow is extremely important, Cindy also said to make sure dryer vents are properly attached and that the air flows to the outside of the house, not under it.
As the class concluded, John and Cindy both demonstrated and discussed the process, equipment and treatments SERVPRO uses for mold remediation. Feedback from class participants was very positive and indicating they look forward to future classes.