Updated: Feb 22, 2019
Mold exists in most homes, to some degree; but when it grows in excess, it can cause health issues, result in structural damage to your home, and decrease the quality of air that you breathe. Mold is not reserved for older homes or unclean homes; while it may be found more frequently in such conditions, even pristine homes can have mold. All it takes is a small amount of moisture to begin production.
What Is Mold Remediation?
Mold remediation is the process of locating all areas that are contaminated with mold your home, find out what caused it in the first place, and follow through on a plan of getting rid of it.
Mold remediation consists of several steps including the following:
An initial walkthrough by a certified industrial hygienist will investigate until the source of what caused the mold is located. Following that will be an evaluation of where and how much mold is present, and samples will be taken.
The effected areas will be closed off so as to prevent additional growth and spreading. This step is known as stabilization and the moisture levels will be carefully controlled.
Once the areas are enclosed, a drying process will take place, removing moisture from the air and the use of HEPA filters which prevents any dispersing of spores to new areas. The final step is to remove all molds and perform an air test to ensure the mold is entirely gone.
How to Know if You Have a Mold Issue
Mold growth can occur very easily and isn’t always located in clear view. It thrives in areas that are damp and warm with the presence of a food source. The food source it seeks out is that of organic matter including wood, dust, debris, etc.
If you notice spots on your walls or ceilings that are colored black or green with a slimy or fuzzy texture, you can be sure it is mold. It is important to take precautions when you detect mold, before trying to clean it up. Mold isn’t always visible and quite often grows in corners, inside of the walls, underneath the sinks near plumbing and even under the house. Under the right growing conditions it may even exist in the attic or in your air conditioning system.
In addition to seeing mold spots, be aware if you notice musty smells in your home, or if you or your family begin experiencing uncommon allergy symptoms, coughing or eye irritation. This often occurs as a result of mold spores being in the air.
Health Dangers of Mold
As previously stated, mold is most dangerous when there is an abundance of it, although, ideally, any presence of it should always be eradicated. Mold most commonly affects individuals with weakened immune systems, but it can cause health issues for even the healthiest person. Those with allergies may experience increased or worsened symptoms; and in the most extreme cases of mold dangers include heart and lung problems.
Hire the Professionals
Never hesitate to contact a professional mold inspector, if you suspect the presence of mold. You’ll need an expert who is skilled in what to look for and determine the necessity of mold remediation.