Mold remediation is necessary to restore health to a home, office, school, etc. Once you find mold in your home, it is too late to save your belongings. Mold can grow anywhere, but is most often found growing in attics, basements, crawl spaces, and behind walls. There are two types of mold: external and internal. External mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems in those exposed to it. Internal mold, however, is not a health threat but rather an annoyance; it is typically found in the same places as external mold and has a similar color and texture.
Mold or mildew, also sometimes called mildew, is an airborne fungal growth that grows on damp, wet items. Mold is part of the natural environment and plays a significant part in nature; mold is often found growing inside trees, decaying wood, and falling leaves; inside, mold grows best when dampness or moisture is abundant. The key to preventing a mold outbreak is to prevent moisture from coming into a house or building. Mold needs moisture, and the fastest way to provide this moisture is through air circulation. It is important to have sufficient window coverings to allow for proper ventilation.
The first step in mold remediation is identifying the source of moisture and finding a solution to reducing or eliminating the source of moisture. If the source of moisture is from outside, such as from rain or an overflowing water hose, a good first step is removing the water quickly and removing the source of moisture once it is removed. In cases of indoor moisture, the first step would be to turn off the water, and treat the affected areas for mold.
Mold removal in a home or business can be accomplished in one of two ways: by professional encapsulation using high-pressure air, or by using specially designed, particulate air scrubbers. Mold spores are very small and because of their small size, they can pass through many surfaces easily before being detected. Mold spores can also be released into the air and remain inactive, waiting to resurface at another location. Mold spores can also be tracked through airborne particles and be inhaled by people. High-pressure air scrubbers will blow small particles of mold spores back into the air where they can then be detected.
Mold removal can also be accomplished by utilizing mold killer. Mold killer is made of boron, which is an inexpensive and effective disinfectant, and has been proven to eradicate mold by-products and bacteria. Mold killer is applied by spraying directly onto the area of mold and will also penetrate the surrounding areas, breaking down the mold cells and destroying the spores that are within the surface layers. Mold remediation using mold killer is the preferred method for many people because of its ease of application. Mold killer can also be used on painted areas to effectively break down the paint and prevent it from re-appearing.
Mold can be cleaned in-home. This type of remediation is done by hiring a trained, certified professional to clean the affected areas, and will often include the use of specialized mold cleaners and/or mold spores removers. Mold cleaned or treated inside a home will often have less serious allergic reactions than treating mold found outdoors. However, people with allergies to mold should be monitored when cleaning inside a home as some molds are known to produce allergens with potential toxic effects. For persons with severe allergies, it is always wise to consult a physician before undergoing any type of mold remediation.