Mold, sometimes called mildew, is an airborne fungal organism that grows on damp, wet objects. Mold is part of our environment and plays an essential role in nature; however, excessive mold growth can be a problem, particularly in the house. This species of fungi usually thrives in areas that are poorly ventilated, poorly lighted, and with a high level of humidity. Molds may form on a number of objects including textiles, drywall, flooring, wallpaper, carpet, furniture, counter tops, ceiling, and windows. Mold remediation involves removing any visible mold and determining whether any additional damage may be caused.
The process of mold removal involves two primary steps: cleanup and removal. Cleanup involves the removal of all visible mold and debris from the area to prevent potential future occurrence. Mold cleanup involves the removal of all contaminated materials and dispose of it properly. Mold remediation on the other hand, involves the cleaning of indoor environments, especially those where water or moisture is used such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Mold cleanup consists of disinfecting the space, drying it out, and eliminating any molds that grow within the cleanup area.
Mold remediation is more effective and economical than mold removal. Mold remediation, on the other hand, involves the complete cleaning and removal of indoor environments that contain high levels of moisture. Mold removal only addresses the issue of contamination. Mold contamination, on the other hand, can be addressed by mold control. However, if mold contamination is present, the only logical step is mold remediation.
Mold spores travel in the air. They are inhaled and eventually enter the skin, causing allergies and rashes. When a person is exposed to mold spores, the immediate response is to wash the skin and use antihistamines immediately. However, these measures will not address the source of the spores or the damage they have done. As long as the spores remain in the air, the mold growth will continue. Mold remediation should then be undertaken to eliminate the source of the spores and stop the growth of mold colonies.
A mold remediation process also involves the use of air purifiers, which work to remove spores and toxins from the air. Air purifiers that are certified to clean indoor air will effectively remove microorganisms and toxins in an air stream and lower air temperatures inside the room. Properly operating air purifiers can effectively eliminate mold spores and the associated stink and odors. Air purifiers also eliminate other allergens that increase allergic reactions in susceptible individuals and allow people with respiratory problems to live in clean environments.
If the mold remediation company detects a mold outbreak in your home, they will then work to completely eliminate the mold by any method they deem appropriate. Some companies will use a biocide, while others may opt for decontamination or using fans or dehumidifiers to lower the temperature and kill any remaining mold colonies. However you choose to resolve the issue, it is important to contact a professional mold remediation company to eliminate the issue once and for all.