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Just because you see mold in your home, there’s no need to feel helpless. Contrary to many misconceptions, most types of household mold issues can be resolved. The process requires several steps, however, so it’s important to work with a professional mold removal company to ensure the growths are properly eliminated.
As we work to remove mold in local homes, we frequently hear the same questions about what we will do, why the mold growth occurred and how to prevent it. The following answers to these common questions can you help understand the mold remediation process as well as prevent mold growth in the future.
As defined by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, mold is a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter. There are many different species in endless colors.
Molds survive outdoors on plants and other decaying matter. Indoors, mold needs moisture plus a carbon source from building materials in order to grow. Mold is a living organism that literally eats away surfaces, so it can cause serious damage to the structure of your home.
Although the words “mold” and “mildew” are sometimes used interchangeably, mildew is actually a certain kind of mold, according to the U.S. EPA. Mildew can be removed with basic cleaning, and it typically doesn’t eat away at surfaces like other types of mold do.
Mold grows in places with a lot of moisture, especially bathrooms and basements. This is especially so if the moisture is due to faulty construction or prior damage, such as leaks in roofs, decayed windows and damaged pipes. One very common cause of mold is flooding, especially if the flood-related damage isn’t repaired quickly and sufficiently.
Mold can grow on most household surfaces, including drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, paint, insulation, carpeting and upholstery.
A professional mold removal and repair company would go through a number of steps to clear your home. The team would likely start with corrective actions, such as antimicrobial applications, general cleanup and containing the source of the growth, as well as enhancing air circulation. In many cases, the surface area would have to be removed and replaced.
The following tips can help you prevent mold from damaging your home and furnishings:
According to the CDC, the most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium and Aspergillus. Although the minute scientific details may not be important to you as a homeowner, knowing which type of mold is growing may be important to the mold repair company in order to ensure the growths are properly removed.
Mold can produce allergens, irritants and even mycotoxins that lead to various health concerns. Inhaling or touching mold spores may cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rashes, headaches and wheezing. Not only can mold irritate the throat and lungs of virtually anyone, but mold is also a known trigger of asthma attacks.
There are many areas for mold growth that might not be visible to the naked eye, including:
A mold removal and repair company has a variety of tools as well as the experience necessary to locate sources of growth.
You would have to review your insurance policy carefully and contact your insurance company to see if mold removal is covered. We would hesitate to offer a blanket statement, as insurance policies vary greatly. However, one common theme is that mold repair is more likely to be covered if the accumulation of mold was due to an unanticipated event that the homeowner couldn’t have prevented.
The time frame depends on many factors, including the source of the mold and the extent of the damage. It can take anywhere from two days to several weeks. Generally, mold remediation takes about a week, but we would need to assess the damage before we can say for sure.
For more information about our mold removal services, call us at 260-217-0354 or send us a message through our website.