Mold growth can start in as little as 48 to 72 hours after water makes its way into your property. Present almost everywhere, mold’s microscopic spores float in the air and can enter a home or office through windows, doors, and HVAC systems. They can even attach themselves to clothing or a pet’s fur.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. As you’re probably well aware, Central Florida is known for its humidity, so it isn’t uncommon to see mold growth on the interior and exterior of a structure. Since indoor mold is the cause of several health problems, not to mention a destroyer of household items, valuable mementos, and building materials, it’s important to isolate and get rid of it before spores start spreading into every nook and cranny. Mold remediation identifies the source of moisture, removes mold infestation, and takes steps to prevent further mold growth.
As a qualified mold remediation company, we know a thing or two about structural mold. Here we answer some of the questions we most frequently hear from our customers.
How does mold get in my house?
The main cause of mold is water intrusion coupled with improper ventilation. That’s why you so often find it in your home’s attic, basement, or crawlspace. Once it makes its way in, it can affect a property in any number of ways.
- Some molds love the cellulose in the paper backing of insulation, drywall, and wallpaper.
- Others feast on the glues that are used to bond carpeting to its backing.
- Many just enjoy the everyday dirt and dust they find around your property.
One thing’s for sure, left unchecked, mold destroys whatever it attaches itself to.
What’s the difference between mold removal and mold remediation?
First, removing all molds from a home or business is impossible. That’s because microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. Mold remediation is focused on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels. If a business advertises and/or guarantees that it can “remove all molds,” it’s best to steer clear.
Do I need mold remediation?
Every mold scenario is different, and each requires its own solution. Three of the most common signs that you might need mold remediation are:
- Though some water intrusion problems like soaked carpets or stained ceilings are easy to detect, others like leaking pipes in the walls can go unnoticed.
- If you get a whiff of something musty, mold might be the problem.
- If you or anyone else develops new symptoms like coughing, wheezing, congestion, a sore throat, difficulty breathing, or watery eyes, breathing in mold spores may be the problem. People who live with asthma can suffer attacks if they inhale mold.
What happens during mold remediation?
Most mold remediation processes follow the same steps. Your job may require additional work if there are unique circumstances.
- An inspection and mold damage assessment are performed using various tools and technologies. The HVAC system is examined for signs of mold contamination and leaking pipes are identified.
- Multiple containment procedures are used to prevent the further spread of mold. Generally, all fans and HVAC systems are turned off to prevent proliferation.
- Specialized air filtration equipment is used to capture microscopic mold spores and air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums are used to prevent the spread of spores.
- Depending on the amount of mold growth and where the mold is located, specialized treatments are used to eliminate existing mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming. It’s sometimes necessary to remove affected drywall and carpeting.
- Contaminated surfaces including furniture, curtains, and other household items are cleaned and sanitized and deodorization techniques are used to remove any lingering odor.
Depending on the level of damage, building materials such as subfloors and drywall may need to be removed and replaced. There are times major repairs, including complete reconstruction of rooms or structures may be required.
Can mold come back after mold remediation?
The short answer is yes. Though proper mold remediation from a certified contractor typically solves the problem, it’s possible for mold to return if an underlying moisture problem is left unresolved or a new leak occurs. That’s why it’s important to do a thorough inspection before the remediation process. Once the work is complete you may need to:
- Use a dehumidifier or sump pump in the basement to keep moisture and water at bay.
- Make sure any wet areas caused by something like a leaking washing machine, water heater, or pipe are dealt with immediately.
- Install additional ventilation in the attic and near appliances that produce moisture such as stoves and clothes dryers.
- Keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 60%.
If reconstruction is necessary due to severe mold damage, you might want to consider using mold-resistant building materials when making repairs. Newer types of drywall have water-resistant surfaces that prevent mold buildup.
Do I need to replace my moldy roof?
Rarely do you need to replace an entire roof due to mold problems. Most mold can be handled during the remediation process as described above. So when is a roof replacement necessary? If the sheathing is rotted or damaged or when other structural damage is so severe it can’t be repaired, a roof replacement is usually unavoidable. If there is toxic mold present in one or more areas, those sections may also need to be removed and replaced.
How much does professional mold remediation cost?
There are multiple factors that make up the cost of a mold remediation job. How much growth, the level of corrosion, and the cost of structural materials all have an impact on your budget. Some jobs require specialized equipment and protective gear. The best way to determine how much your project will cost is to talk to an experienced, licensed pro.
Mold Remediation Services You Can Depend On
Every day that mold is left to grow it can do more structural damage to your home or office. Keep in mind that you may not smell an odor from the mold so it’s important to do regular inspections to look for signs of water leaks and damage. It’s also a great idea to have your home and roof periodically inspected by a professional.
Central Florida Restoration Solutions does mold remediation right the first time. And because we want you to feel confident in the choice you make, we offer a no obligation assessment to help you decide about investing in the process. For more information on our mold remediation services, contact us today.