If you suspect that mold is growing in your home or business, whether you have visible evidence of mold or only a faint smell of mold, acting promptly is important. This prompt action can help prevent the infestation from spreading further, which can prevent you from a whole set of problems, from allergic reactions to significant financial losses due to property damage. Deciding which course of action to take is not always so simple, especially if you have not heard a straightforward response to your question, “What is Mold Removal?” Understanding the full scope of the problem of mold growth is important for preventing the problem from worsening or reoccurring after your mold cleanup is finished.
The Basics: What is Mold?
Molds are several species of fungi that reproduce most effectively in damp and humid environments, both indoors and outdoors, by making spores. These spores can survive dry conditions and begin growing once they are carried (usually by air) into a moist area. Common types of molds that grow in homes and other buildings are: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. For some people, exposure to molds can result in allergic reactions and respiratory issues (especially those with preexisting sensitivity to mold or other breathing difficulties).
What is Mold Removal?
Mold removal, also known as mold remediation, is a process of thoroughly cleaning areas of a building where mold has been discovered. Because this typically occurs where excess moisture is present, the areas inside and around basements and bathrooms are the most common sites of mold growth; however, mold can be a problem anywhere in the home, especially in a warm and humid climate. A good mold diagnostic and remediation company will immediately look for the root cause of a mold problem, which is often water damage, in addition to any visible and hidden mold growth. Simply cleaning the area is only part of a comprehensive remediation process; often, leaks need to be fixed and repairs to walls and ceilings become necessary.
More Than Just Cleaning and Restoration
Rather than asking, “What is mold removal or remediation?”, a conscientious home or business owner should ask, “How can I prevent any appearance or recurrence of mold in my building?” Maintaining an environment that is not conducive to mold growth may require some extra effort and expenses, but these are small prices to pay when you consider the benefits to your health and your bottom line. Using a dehumidifier, adding mold inhibitors to your paint, ensuring properly functioning ventilation, and drying wet carpet (or avoiding carpeting altogether in basements) are a few of the basic steps to mold prevention.
Advanced Mold Diagnostics serves the Greater Philadelphia Area in mold inspection, testing, and mold removal services. One of the most important things we do is to advise our customers in steps to prevent mold from returning to spaces that are most susceptible to mold growth. We also teach people to clean up their own mold infestations, as long as the problem has not become too widespread.
Contact us if you suspect that mold is growing in your home or place of business, or if you would like more information on how to prevent a mold infestation.