Spotting mold on the walls and floors throughout the house is typically rather easy, but hidden mold is much harder to find, ultimately making mold removal even harder. There are many signs to look for when you think mold may be hidden in places such as behind wallpaper or on the top side of ceiling tiles hidden from view, but no matter the location all mold begins with moisture and warmth.
One of the first signs of mold and the need for mold removal services is what may seem like a typical “basement” smell – a musty or moldy smell. When this smell is present, it is a sign of conditions that are prime for mold growth and development, since mold spores thrive in warm, moist, dark areas – such as basements, attics, closets and along baseboards throughout the house.
Hidden mold also may be found inside the walls of your home, especially around pipes since moisture is common in these areas. Any surface that is subject to moisture – either natural or accidental – is subject to becoming a bedding ground for mold spores, and these hidden areas can make mold removal and mold remediation projects quite difficult to handle appropriately.
One of the biggest problems of mold removal and mold remediation projects is the potential for the spread of the hazardous mold spores throughout the home. For example, if mold is present on the backside of wallpaper – obviously hidden from sight – when it is torn away from the wall, any mold on the backside can be released into the air and continue to spread. If you suspect mold may be present on the wallpaper – either because of the smell in the room without the visible presence of mold or through mold stains showing through on the front of the wallpaper – the EPA recommends hiring professional mold removal experts.
For more information on spotting hidden mold in your home, contact our team of mold experts. Our professionals specialize in Mold Inspections Orlando, mold remediation, mold inspection and mold testing throughout Central Florida.
Almost every home has a certain amount of cement areas needing pressure washing. Your driveway, walkways and patio take a lot of abuse from your cars driving on them, kids playing around them and environmental factors such as dirt, pollution, salt grease oil and mildew. Thankfully, a good pressure washing can go a long way towards keeping your driveway looking presentable. Follow these steps for to keep the concrete areas around your home looking great!
Closely follow all safety procedures outlined in your owners manual. NEVER point the pressure washer gun at anyone! Please keep all children away from the project you are about to clean- pressure washers are powerful tools than can cut into the skin as easily as they remove dirt from stubborn job. Wear all safety equipment outlined in your owner’s manual, including eye and hearing protection. As always Pressure Washing Winter Springs does not assume any liability for the use of any pressure washers.
As with any project, first get a feel for your pressure washer, learning how it works and getting a feel for working with the force of pressure against you. It may seem like many of the instructions tell you not to do this or that when using your pressure washer, but knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Quite frankly, it can mean the difference between quickly and easily finish your project and a ruined, driveway patio or walkway and even a trip to the hospital. The power of pressure washers should be respected and used correctly. Always have both hands on the gun-its safer and you have much better control.
First Steps to Concrete Pressure Washing
Before you begin cleaning you’ll want to remove any items from the area that you’ll be pressure washing. Park vehicles as FAR AWAY as possible (across or down the street or even in the garage).
You’ll probably notice areas that need attention- oil spots, grease or other stains and spills. It may help to pre-treat these areas. How? You may use sawdust or cat litter to soak up oil and grease spill. You may also want to use a heavy duty degreaser. If applied through your pressure washer, it must be made to work with pressure washers. Different type of pressure washing with friendly degreasers can be located at you local home improvement warehouse. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how long the degreaser should remain on the surface before pressure washing.
Pressure Cleaning Concrete Areas
Follow up your first steps by pressure cleaning the entire area with high pressure spray. Keep the tip of your pressure washer an even distance from the concrete area you’re cleaning and use smooth, overlapping strokes to clean the concrete.
You’re driveway, walkway and patio will soon be looking nice and clean!