Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation
What's the difference between mold removal vs. mold remediation? Though the terms are used interchangeably, complete mold removal, in the strictest sense, is impossible. Our environment contains a multitude of inactive/benign miniscule mold spores.
Unless these spores are activated or triggered, they pose no threat to our homes and environment. Active mold spores, however, can cause serious health problems, and be particularly hazardous for those individuals who experience allergies or asthma.
Differences: Mold Removal & Mold Remediation
Mold can be caused by a number of things, but all share the common denominator of one thing: moisture. Moisture is what allows mold to grow and flourish. Common causes within the home include leaky or burst pipes, windows and roofs that allow moisture or liquid to penetrate their surfaces, or any area that might experience high levels of humidity.
When one of the above is the source of your mold, it is generally fairly simple to locate, with a clear-cut cause and effect, with one source leading to a visible area of mold within its vicinity. In other instances, the source of your home’s mold may not be as visible, making it a more difficult process to pinpoint and deal with.
Mold Remediation Process
Theis multi-faceted, but the first step will be to identify and locate the source of the problem mold. Always remove all pets from the affected area at least a few hours before the area is treated. Frequently, the remediation process begins by taking samples of the air, so both the type, and the concentration of mold can be ascertained, at which point the best plan of action can be determined and enacted. Once areas of mold growth are precisely located, these areas will be sealed and quarantined to prevent any further spread or damage.
How To Treat Mold
Depending on the affected surface, the treatment of the mold will vary. When mold contaminates surfaces that are non-absorbent and not easily permeated, the affected areas can be properly and thoroughly cleaned, at which point they will be treated with the FDA approved liquid substance biocide, which kills existing mold, and prevents it from returning. When the area in question is a more permeable, or absorbent surface, it may be necessary to entirely dispose of, and replace the affected area before treating it. After being treated with the biocide, the affected area will be sprayed and painted to keep future mold from developing.
What Causes Mold?
Perhaps the most important part of the mold remediation process is to determine what factors caused the development of the mold in the first place. Unless these factors are determined and dealt with, you’ll merely be treating the symptoms, as opposed to addressing the underlying issues that created the problem in the first place. Treating leaks, whatever their source, be it plumbing, insulation or foundational cracks, and treating them promptly, is the best way to keep mold at bay. It’s one thing to clean moldy surfaces, and yet another to address the source and properly treat the moldy areas.
Mold left untreated will continue to grow, and with prolonged exposure, it can cause serious health issues, and in some cases, it can be deadly. It’s important not to ignore or be dismissive of symptoms such as headaches, or sinus issues, as these can be indicative of a more serious mold related issue in your place of living. When you do decide that you need to address a mold problem in your home, it’s important to find a contractor with experience in home restoration services and with all proper certifications.
Why Choose Us?
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