Mold, also known as mildew, is an organic fungus growth that grows on damp, wet parts of anything. By definition, mold is a microscopic organism that grows by feeding off of organic material (in the case of mold, organic materials are typically food). Mold is an integral part of nature and is found in most living things, particularly in the soil where it feeds on dead, decaying organic material. If you find mold growing in your home, this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a problem. However, mold can cause a variety of allergic reactions and can even cause health problems.
When should you be concerned?
When mold is present in your home, it’s not necessarily a problem. Mold can play an important role in keeping the microorganisms that exist in your home in balance. Healthy people will have small amounts of mold in their homes, especially since mold only becomes a problem when its population numbers increase to unhealthy levels. If there is visible mold growth, however, you should contact a professional mold remediation company in your area for further diagnosis.
If your home has suffered substantial water damage, the affected area should be cleaned and dried. A professional mold remediation service can generally detect mildew growth using an instrument called a borescope. Once the presence of mold is confirmed, they can advise you on the next steps to take.
The remediation process
In case of an outbreak, mold removal and remediation begins immediately. A professional remediation service will first treat the affected areas with anti-fungal chemicals and other treatments to minimize the growth of mold and to make sure that no one gets sick from it. They can then dehumidify the room to eliminate any moisture that may still be present.
After mold remediation has been conducted, the experts will make recommendations as to the best way to clean, dry, and repair whatever has been damaged by the mold. If the source of the contamination has been discovered and removed, they will suggest the best cleaning methods to kill any remaining spores. These cleaning methods will often include the use of steam cleaners and bleach sprays. These are effective, but in the interest of safety, it’s generally a good idea to also consider drying using a HEPA air purifier or commercial grade air drying equipment.
Once the mold remediation process is complete, it’s important to find a commercial air purifier to help dry out and remove the remaining spores and fungi from the affected area.
Whether you choose to perform mold remediation on your own or call a professional biocide company to remove the contaminated areas of your home, be sure to take the time to do the testing. Mold remediation requires thorough cleaning and disinfection of all affected areas, so make sure that all the areas are completely cleaned before beginning any work.