Mold is a problem that plagues many households—especially in humid Central Florida. It can cause serious health problems, create stains and odors, and even decrease the value of your home. If left unchecked, it’ll continue to spread causing more and more problems.
You might have seen DIY tricks for mold removal like using bleach, but the truth is that bleach doesn’t remove mold. It doesn’t prevent spores from growing or address underlying causes. The best way to stop mold in its tracks and make sure it doesn’t come back is with mold remediation.
Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal: What’s the Difference?
The terms “removal” and “remediation” are often used interchangeably. But really, mold removal is just one aspect of remediation. Removal is simply taking something away. Remediation is a more comprehensive action meaning to fix and revert damage.
During mold remediation, the mold is not only removed, but the underlying sources of mold growth are also addressed, and additional preventative measures are taken to ensure that it doesn’t come back.
The Process of Mold Remediation
If you’ve noticed any signs of mold in your home including visible staining, musty smells, water leaks or allergic reactions, it’s probably a good idea to call a mold remediation expert. They’ll be able to get to the source of the problem and stop the mold in its tracks.
Depending on the extent of the problem, accessibility and a variety of other factors, mold remediation can take anywhere from one to five days or more to complete. Here’s a general overview of the process:
Just because there’s a stain in your bathroom doesn’t mean that’s the only place with mold. When you call a mold remediation expert, a technician will perform an inspection of your home and identify any areas that might be contaminated. It could be more than you think.
2. Remedy the Source
Once the mold is removed, the technician will look for the source of the problem. Taking away the mold without addressing the source is like opening a window during a fire. It might get rid of some smoke, but it won’t do anything about the flames.
Sometimes, this is a simple fix like a fan duct that runs into the attic. In such cases, the technician might be able to fix it. If the problem is a bit more extensive, it’s best to call in a sub-contractor. Some common sources of mold include:
- Persistent humidity (like in Central Florida)
- Leaking pipes
- Roof leak
- Condensation buildup
- Damp basements
- Poor ventilation
- Wet or damp clothing
- Damp foundation
- Air conditioning leaks
Your technician will remove the mold at the source and offer tips about how to prevent moisture from building up in these areas in the future.
3. Containment and Ventilation
Mold releases spores into the air. These are what can cause illnesses or reactions. If the mold is disturbed, it releases even more spores, so after mold has been identified, the next step is to make sure the mold can’t spread to other areas of your home.
Containment barriers and air filtration devices are set up around contaminated areas during the cleaning process. Before the crew arrives, you should clear the area of furniture and decorations to make space for equipment.
4. Disinfection and Cleaning
Now, it’s time to remove the mold. Depending on the extent of the problem, this can range anywhere from scrubbing with disinfectant to the removal of drywall, floors, or cabinets. Once the mold has been removed, all infected material will be taken away to avoid contamination of other areas.
The remaining area is then treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent any additional growth.
After the area has been scrubbed clean and the source of the mold has been dealt with, the technician will cover the area with a special paint or similar material designed to trap and prevent mold from growing in the future. This process is called encapsulation. Once the paint has been applied, you’re free to move the furniture and decorations back and go about your mold-free life.
The Benefits for Your Household
Certain types of mold can cause serious health problems for you and your family including allergic reactions; irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat; sinus congestion; and/or skin rashes. Some species of mold are even toxic.
While not all mold is dangerous, nobody likes a moldy house. Not only is it ugly and might even give off a musty odor, but it can decrease the value of your home as well. It could also signify underlying issues like leaking pipes, damaged roof shingles, or even rotting structural supports. Eliminating mold in a timely manner can save you from expensive home repairs down the road.
Hire a Mold Remediation Expert
If you really want to stop mold in its tracks (and who wouldn’t?) there’s no substitute for mold remediation. A team of experts will inspect your house, eradicate the mold, and find the source to prevent it from coming back. There’s no better way to protect your family and your home from the damaging effects of mold.
If you notice any signs of mold in your home, don’t reach for the bleach; contact the experts at Central Florida Restoration Solutions right away.