Mold grows quickly. Mold spores must have moisture; a food supply—anything organic like drywall, clothing, wood, carpets, and books; and a temperature from just above freezing to about 75 degrees Fahrenheit to grow. They like moist, dark places and, given such conditions, they spread very quickly. Mold spores are a part of a group of micro-organisms called fungi that includes mushrooms and yeasts. Mold collects on left-over food; we all see it on bread, fruit, and any left-over dinner we leave out for a while. Mold spores are present indoors and outdoors, and they are known as one of nature’s great decomposers. Storms, floods, leaky roofs, and other damage to property all are additional causes of mold.
Since living with mold can be very dangerous and you need to seek it out, you need to recognize that a good indicator that you might have a problem is the presence of water damage. Whether it’s obvious, such as with a flood, or less noticeable as with a moist patch on the wall, it’s important that you act quickly. The way to get rid of the mold is to dry out the area it’s living in, repair the water leakage problem, remove any mold-affected drywall or organic materials, and get experts who have access to special high-tech machinery and advanced techniques to eliminate it. Limiting the amount of time mold has to spread is key. We are expert at cleansing your property of mold and replacing and reconstructing whatever has been damaged. Contact us for a consultation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mold remediation, done by professional experts in the field, is the process of mold removal from indoor structures. These experts use specialized equipment and methods and are legally certified to follow certain requirements.
- First, you can look. But, it’s not the best method; looking often misses hidden mold colonies, and mold spores that linger in dry, hidden places, and in the air.
- Secondly, you can have third-party experts—not your mold removal company—test for mold removal and verify it, according to laws that protect the consumer from fraudulent practices. Of course, mold spores can never be totally removed, since they are everywhere, but the mold count can be brought down to what is considered to be an acceptable level.
In reality, anyone can remove mold, but the problem is that in the removing, they may distribute the mold spores throughout the building, creating another issue. Since mold can grow on almost any surface, including wood, ceiling tiles, insulation, wallpaper, carpets, sheet rock, and paint, it is extremely hard to contain. Experts remove mold by building a containment using negative pressure and the correct personal protective equipment.
This is done according to legally certified requirements that insure success.
In the course of normal housework, it’s OK to clean up small patches on tile, metal, tubs, and glass. Then, you can throw out the contaminated sponges or cloths. But beware of doing this if you have breathing or asthma problems.
Get help from an expert mold removal contractor if the problem:
- Measures more than a few feet in diameter
- Results from flooding or water damage
- Is found inside your ventilation or heating systems
- Is found inside your walls or the structure of your building