How to Deal With Mold in Your Home + Who to Call

With Tropical Storm Ida leaving remnants of flooding and extensive water damage in her midst, among the leftovers is mold – a dangerous fungus that can cause sickness in homes if not taken care of swiftly. Mold itself can be black, white, orange, green, or purple – so it’s important to be able to identify it and have it taken care of.

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Mold can make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not you’re allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, according to WebMD. In addition to people with allergies and asthma, others who can be more receptive to the effects of mold include children, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and those with chronic lung disease.

Read More: Flooding Safety Tips: What to Do if Your Home Floods in Montclair + Beyond

The fungus can grow on walls, floors, appliances, carpets, or furniture. To grow and expand, mold needs to be on a damp surface/environment, which is why it’s typically found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc. After a major statewide flood like Tropical Storm Ida, mold is given the means to thrive and must be dealt with accordingly.

WedMD created a list of ways to combat mold in your house if you’re taking care of it yourself:

  • – Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
  • – Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • – Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
  • – Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
  • – Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
  • – Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • – Fix leaks and seepage. The ground should slope away from your house. If water is entering the house from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing.
  • – Have a heating and cooling contractor check your heating and cooling system to make sure it’s sized and operating properly to remove humidity. If your system is too big or the airflow is incorrect, your air conditioner will not remove humidity as it should. Also, ask the contractor to check your duct system for air leaks, and proper size and airflow to each room.
  • – Open doors between rooms to increase circulation, which carries heat to cold surfaces. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners.

These Local Businesses Offer Mold Removal Services in Essex County

5 Star Restoration Services, LLC | Online

Phone: (862) 236-8691

A. Molly Company Environmental & Restoration Services, LLC | 174 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield

Phone: (862) 702-3311

Ace Mold Remediation Newark | 377 Lafayette Street, Newark

Phone: (862) 229-9329

FDP Mold Remediation | Online

Phone: (908) 895-4841

Mold Inspection & Testing | Online

Phone: (201) 528-3998

Mold Removal New Jersey | 392 Armstrong Avenue, Jersey City

Phone: (866) 610-8727

NJ Water Damage Restoration | Online

Phone: (973) 957-7408

NJ Mold Testing & Remediation LLC | Online

Phone: (908) 293-7894

Pure Service Pro | 50 S Center Street, Suite #5, City of Orange

Phone: (973) 810-0100

Reliant Mold Removal Newark | Online

Phone: (973) 718-9338

SERVPRO of Montclair/West Orange | 3 N Willow Street, Montclair

Phone: (973) 669-4825

SERVPRO of Western Essex County | 513 W Mt Pleasant Avenue, Livingston

Phone: (973) 994-1640

The Mold Guys NJ, LLC | Online

Phone: (973) 789-1245


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Victoria is MG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a born and bred Jersey girl with deep roots in Hoboken and Jersey City. When she’s not touring delicious restaurants and attending events in the Hudson/Essex area, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.