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Mold Removal: Should You DIY Or Hire Professionals?

Mold growth is a common occurrence in Singapore due to the country’s humid climate. As Singapore experiences high humidity year-round, all types of indoor environments – from homes to offices – can experience mold growth. During especially damp seasons such as the rainy monsoon period, this growth can be worse than usual; leading to health problems as well as bad odors and smells.

Some people will try to treat and remove mold growth on their own, whereas others will go with a professional mold removal service in Singapore. Here’s what you need to consider before hiring Lumiair’s professional mold removal service.

How does mold growth affect our health?

A close-up of a brick wall with green mold growing on it
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Mold and fungal growth can have serious health impacts, which is why it is important to quickly begin the mold removal process once you notice the signs. Symptoms include inflammation of the airways, nasal congestion, wheezing, coughing, throat irritation, and skin rash. More severe symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, dry cough, dry or itching skin, allergies, and cold or flu-like symptoms. People with asthma may also be at greater risk for asthma attacks.

Many symptoms can manifest in small ways, so we do not recognise them until much later. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing for the foreseeable future, the impact of mold growth on our respiratory system may weaken our bodies against the virus as well. It is important to tackle mold growth as early as possible.

How does mold removal work?

The most important part of mold removal is to reduce moisture levels in the affected area or environment. Proper mold removal treatment should include mold inspection in the environment, source control, and treatment of affected areas.

H3 1. Environmental assessment

Our expert mold removal technicians are able to perform mold inspections to determine the extent of the mold contamination in the environment, in order to identify the initial source of the mold. A DIY approach may be limited in successful mold inspection, leading to frustrating reoccurrences and increased treatment costs further down the line. Hiring a professional mold removal service can be a more efficient and convenient option, especially in large environments such as offices or schools.

2. Source control

Lumiair technicians are trained in the safe handling and disposal of bio-hazardous and toxic materials to prevent cross-contamination during decontamination. Our equipment are able to mitigate and dry the moisture in the affected environment, and we apply non-leaching, antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold regrowth. DIY approaches may run the risk of cross-contamination, causing recurrences that are costly and time consuming.

3. Treatment

Lumiair’s proprietary technology is formulated with the latest internal R&D standards, and can provide effective and long-lasting mold removal solutions. Treatment includes negative air machines and air scrubbers to capture airborne contaminants such as spores, ozone machines to remove foul odors, and Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) to kill surface and airborne bacteria, mold, and viruses. We also utilize anti-microbial treatment to prevent and control future growth and spread, and dry ice blasting to decontaminate the affected area at a sub-micron level.

4. What can I use for DIY mold removal?

DIY solutions including bleach, white vinegar, or tea tree oil can be used to tackle small spots of mold in your cabinets or furniture. If you suspect a more serious mold problem, reach out to us to find out about treatment options.

How long does mold removal take?

It depends on the extent of the mold growth, however you are recommended to move out or vacate the area temporarily if mold is present. Lumiair’s expert technicians will be able to verify full decontamination and inform you once it is safe to move back in.

Ease your mind with professional mold remediation services

Lumiair’s expert technicians have extensive knowledge of all stages of mold remediation, including removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, and other treatments including preventive activities. Put your mind at ease with Lumiair’s professional mold removal services in Singapore. Get in touch with us to find out more about our services and solutions.

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