Mold sometimes called “black mold” is an anaerobic fungal organism that grows on damp, wet areas. Mold is an integral component of nature and plays a vital role in our ecosystem by breaking down dead plant material including fallen trees and leaves; inside, mold serves a useful purpose by breaking down dead leaves and wood for food. However, when mold spores are present in the air, or when moisture is present and allowed to grow, it becomes a serious problem. Mold can be found in many places, including the home, school, and office. When it grows in these areas, it damages the property and its occupants’ health, compromising the health of every living thing that comes in contact with it.
Mold remediation is the process of removing mold from buildings and other places where it has been growing. Mold growth needs moisture to survive, and when there is moisture present, mold begins to grow. The most common way to remove mold is to use commercial products, which contain solutions that break down the fungus that causes it to grow. These commercially available products are safe and effective for indoor mold removal. There are some commercial solutions that are safer and more effective for outdoor remediation, as well, but these should be used in the proper circumstances.
If moisture is allowed to remain in a building, mold may eventually start to grow; if this is the case, mold remediation must be done as soon as possible. If a moisture problem is not quickly attended to, the problem will only worsen with time and cause damage to the structure and its occupants. Mold growth often results in black mold or another type of mildew that must be removed by trained professionals.
A mold remediation company can offer a variety of services for mold remediation. Depending on the severity of the contamination and the severity of the issue, the company may recommend that a mold removal cleaning is done by a professional. Mold removal companies have the skill and expertise to remove the fungus and mold spores that are causing the problems. In some cases, a company may recommend that a complete building clean up be done to prevent future occurrences. If a company does recommend a complete building cleaning, they may suggest that a professional service be hired to take care of mold remediation.
Mold remediation companies can also recommend a variety of services for getting mold levels back to normal in a commercial space. Mold spores travel through ventilation systems and getting mold testing done is important to finding how the ventilation system is affected. The mold inspection report will determine if ventilation can be properly tested to control the mold problem. In addition, a mold remediation company can recommend different solutions to the issues, such as sealing the area off from outside air and possibly installing a ventilation duct or other control system. Many times, it’s not enough to simply close off the area, because mold spores still travel through ventilation systems. Sealing the area off completely, could pose a health risk to any individuals that are exposed to the contaminated air.
Even with an established mold remediation company, it’s important to remember that cleanup is often necessary after a water damage cleanup has been done. Mold can become resistant to chemicals used in the water damage cleanup process, so it’s important to use a mold remediation company that can recommend the best way to cleanup mold. This includes removing the damaged materials and building materials, sealing off the contaminated area and then using high quality disinfectants to kill any remaining mold spores. Mold cleanup can be tricky, but with professional help it can be done effectively and without many of the long term health risks that would be attached to trying to cleanup the moisture problem on your own.