How Paul Davis Removes Mold in Your Home

The process of removing mold from your home may seem simple enough. You just need to find the black spots on your wall or ceiling, grab a wet rag and wipe them away or knock out a portion of the drywall.

Problem solved.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy and all you’re likely going to accomplish is putting your family at risk by releasing the mold spores into the air without actually solving the problem.

“When people try to do this, they are causing themselves even more harm,” said Steven Mwaniki, an environmental specialist at Paul Davis.

While some mold may be visible, it’s often also in the cavities of your wall or beneath a surface. That’s why, even though eradicating mold may seem simple enough to resolve on your own, it’s a problem that should be dealt with by trained professionals.

But what does Paul Davis and its staff look for when determining if a mold problem is serious enough to require their services? How is the mold adequately removed and how is the safety of workers and members of a household prioritized? We’ve got your answers.

What Paul Davis Looks For

If you’re concerned that mold is causing a problem in your home, the first thing Paul Davis will do is send someone to assess the situation and conduct a visual inspection.

“I will do that myself,” Mwaniki said. “I’ll go there, and I'll do a visual inspection. Let's see if we can see anything. Let's see if there are cold pockets. Let's see if your structure is dry. I do take the moisture mapping in the whole house. Areas that I think there might be mold, like underneath the sink, a crawl space, attics, and other at-risk areas.”

From there, even if Mwaniki doesn’t find any signs of mold, he will still use a particle count machine, which measures the quality of the air in your home. If the results are concerning, he and Paul Davis will further assess the air.

“That's when then we can call an indoor environmental professional to come and do the air quality testing and actually find out what is going on,” Mwaniki said.

The Process of Removing Mold

If Mwaniki determines that a portion of your interior walls needs to be removed and replaced, he and his team members will return wearing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). This will protect the Paul Davis team from mold spores that are already in the air. Their attire is also effective again COVID-19, which will increase the safety of themselves, as well as you and your family.

Paul Davis will contain the necessary areas to prevent cross-contamination so that the mold spores do not accidentally spread to other areas of your home.

Then it’s time to use a special vacuum to suck up any mold living on the surface of your walls, ceilings or on other areas of your home. Once that’s complete, Mwaniki can determine which surfaces must be removed and then do so without releasing additional spores into the air. His goal will be to leave as much of your walls and ceilings intact.

The final step will be someone from Paul Davis replacing the drywall and returning your home to its previous state.

Worried about mold in your home? Call 260-436-7510 24 hours a day.

Steven Mwaniki, an environmental specialist, is available to talk through your potential mold concerns, examine your home and find the best solution to keep your household safe from the toxic issues mold may cause.

“I make a point of giving people a free consultation,” Mwaniki said. “I'd rather spend 10 minutes with somebody trying to walk through the processes and guidelines and they end up not needing mold removal services than see that person get sick.”