Mold, also known as mildew, is an airborne fungi growth that grows on damp, wet objects. Mold is an essential component of nature and plays a vital role in our ecosystem by breaking down dead plant matter including fallen leaves and tree bark; mold is naturally found in damp areas but can grow uninvited in moist areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Mildew may cause allergic reactions in those sensitive to mold or mildew. Mold growth can be remedied through cleaning, removing existing mold, or a combination of both. In order for mold remediation to be successful, careful attention must be paid to the area being treated and the specific mold species involved.
Mold should not be entirely removed until all existing water has been completely removed. Dehumidifiers and ventilation fans can be used to remove excess moisture from the affected building materials. Mold spores are very small and may be dislodged with a feather. Particles of mold can also be inhaled, especially in areas where people regularly perform physical activity such as the bathroom. Specialized particulate air scrubbers or HEPA air scrubbers are available for this purpose.
Mold needs moisture, so removing the moisture is the first step in mold remediation. Mold spores can be introduced into a home when there is water leaking in an unused room above an existing water leak or flooding. Mold can also be introduced when mold spores are airborne after a piece of furniture has been moved. Mold is difficult to detect during its dormant stage; therefore it is usually best to contact a mold professional to identify the problem.
Mold remediation begins by determining the severity of the situation. Mold remediation companies use a checklist of items that must be cleaned before they will clean mold. Mold experts have different methods of cleaning, because some are more effective than others. Mold experts will often use a variety of methods to prevent the spread of mold. For example, they may stop mold growth by cleaning the entire space, including ductwork, ceiling, sub floors, and visible mold spores on surfaces.
Mold containment is the next step in mold remediation. Containment involves repairing or removing damage that has already occurred. If the cause of the problem is moisture then the mold remediation company will recommend using high-end moisture containment products. On the other hand, if the source of damage is excessive heat then mold remediation experts will suggest encapsulating the area. This containment method is more expensive but it is often quicker and less costly than other methods.
Mold should not be seen as a threat. Mold removal can be a very tedious process, but if you take the first step and call in a professional, you can make the process go as quickly and efficiently as possible. Mold remediation should be done as soon as possible so that you can prevent the spread of fungi. In the end, you should feel satisfied that your property has been restored to its original condition and that you won’t be faced with another mold outbreak for a long time.