As buildings age, especially in shady and humid locations, mold is more likely to creep up and become a problem.
Sometimes it’s visible, sometimes it’s harder to detect. A certified specialist will use various methods to detect mold and determine the extent of the problem in your home or business. When a serious problem is discovered, the specialist uses a series of cleaning techniques that eliminate mold and leave the air cleaner.
Sounds fairly straightforward, right? It is—but there are also a few things that might surprise you. Here are five things about mold and mold removal that few people know about.
- 1. It can drastically improve your health
- You may eat lots of green vegetables and run five miles per day—but if you’re breathing mold spores in concentration, it’s virtually impossible for your body to function at an optimal level. Many people, when they move out of a mold infested house, experience a sharp rise in mental clarity and physical energy, and a drop in mold-related symptoms like respiratory trouble and irritation to the eyes and skin.
- 2. It’s safe—if done by a certified specialist
- People are rightfully concerned about harsh chemicals or improper work methods during the remediation process. Certified mold removal specialists will always use protective clothing, meticulous planning, and EPA-approved chemical agents to deal with your mold problem. Don’t accept anything less!
- 3. It may require some minor remodeling
- It’s not always possible to clean or kill mold. When certain pieces of a structure are deeply infested, those pieces need to be removed completely. Examples include mold-infested drywall panels, wallpaper and flooring. Some colonies may have started because of leaky pipes or comprises to the structural integrity of the building over time (this happens often in Colorado). Addressing these issues will be critical if your mold removal project is going to be effective.
- 4. It uses thermal imaging
- It may seem like something out of a movie, but thermal imaging is a highly-effective way to reveal the presence of moisture in or behind walls and floors. Many skilled practitioners will use it in your home. It gives them a clearer view of where mold is getting the moisture it needs to thrive, and how to solve the problem on a more permanent basis.
- 5. It doesn’t always require a specialist
- The first thing many people want to know is, can I tackle the problem myself? The answer depends on the type of mold present, and the overall size of the colony. For instance, if you have less than 10 square feet of type 1 allergen mold, using a commercial solution and doing it yourself can yield good results. On the other hand, if you have more serious types of mold in greater quantities, attempting to remove it yourself can be both dangerous and ineffective. In such cases, it’s smart to contact an affordable specialist for a professional assessment.
We hope your knowledge of mold removal and remediation is more comprehensive now that you’ve read this article! Please feel free to leave questions, comments or additional thoughts in the comment box below.