Whether you have mold problems because of the location of your property, or because of an accident, or because of a mistake made by someone else, no one likes to be in a property when you can see that there is a clear mold problem. That is why we offer such excellent mold remediation services – and we want to be completely transparent about what we do. Have a read through our FAQs, and if there is anything else that you want to ask us about ourselves and the way that we work, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

What is mold remediation?
How did the mold even grow here in the first place?
There wasn’t much mold here last week, but now it is everywhere! How is that possible?
I have been told that my property has mold and mildew. Aren’t they the same thing?
How long will the mold remediation process take?
Removing mold sounds a lot like cleaning – can’t I do this myself?
I’m looking to buy a property, and it has mold. Should I buy it?
Is the mold going to be dangerous for me, or other people?
How can I prevent mold growth from happening in the future?

What is mold remediation?
Mold remediation is not a phrase that you will hear often, but it is a process that is absolutely essential for any property that is experienced any sort of level of mold incursion. The process of removing absolutely all the mold from a property, ensuring that the cause of the mold is removed, and restoring the property to the standard that it was at before the mold started to grow, is what mold remediation really is. In many ways, it is a clean up operation, but on the other hand it is also a very creative process that means that you can get your property back to how you want it.

How did the mold even grow here in the first place?
Absolutely every single property, no matter how old it is, where it is built, and what it is used for, can at some point become infested with mold. That is because mold transmits itself through spores that are so small that they are almost completely invisible, and they are carried through the air. They love places that are particularly warm and wet, as that allows them to grow the fastest, but really mold can grow on absolutely any surface at all, even sheet rock, carpet, ceiling tiles, and insulation. That means that in many ways, it can be impossible to tell exactly what the underlying cause for your mold is. However, mold is most often found in places such as your kitchen and bathroom, where there is a huge amount of water and warmth, and a huge amount of new mold growth will often occur after situations such as flooding, water damage, or lack of occupation.

There wasn’t much mold here last week, but now it is everywhere! How is that possible?
Mold is a type of organism that can grow at absolutely exponential speeds, and that means that the longer that you leave it, the more likely it is to start to fester in places that you cannot see, such as under carpets, under wallpaper, and perhaps even into the walls themselves. That is why if you do not think that your mold is spreading, that just means that it is not spreading in a place that is completely visible.

I have been told that my property has mold and mildew. Aren’t they the same thing?
Not quite. Mildew is a type of mold, and has a very distinct look. It also grows in a way that is different to many other kinds of mold. There are hundreds of different kinds of mold, and while mildew is one of the most common that people will see in their property, there are many others that could be making your property a dangerous place to be. That is why whenever you see mildew, you should be aware that there could be many other different types of mold growing in your home that you have either not yet noticed, either because you are not looking for it, or because they are not visible to the human eye yet.

How long will the mold remediation process take?
How long is a piece of string? Much as the answer to the latter question could really be any sort of length, so is the answer to the former. Every single situation that involves mold will be completely different, so it is completely impossible to offer a categorical answer to that sort of question. This is because there are two distinct levels of mold remediation: firstly, to remove the mold that is visual, and to ensure that it is not made welcome again, and secondly, to ensure that a third party is brought in to ensure that there is no mold outside the visual spectrum. However, there are general guidelines that we can give; for example, there are very few mold situations that will take longer than a week to remove the mold for the first stage.

Removing mold sounds a lot like cleaning – can’t I do this myself?
Well, yes and no. In some cases, the first stage of mold remediation is very similar to a deep clean, and so if you are happy to carry this out, you can. However, there will be cases in which the deterioration of the property will be so complete due to the mold that it will not actually be safe for you, or anyone else who is not fully trained and certified, to carry out the mold removal. You should always ensure that you get a full analysis and assessment of your property so that you know whether or not you can carry out this work. This is not just because we want to be pedantic, but because there is a very real risk in some cases of a person suffering from breathing difficulties that can lead to very drastic health conditions if they are not using the correct protective equipment.

I’m looking to buy a property, and it has mold. Should I buy it?
That really depends on how much extra budget you have left over in order to pay for mold remediation for the entire property. If you can get it for such a price that it would leave you a significant amount of money left over, it may be worth it – but we would never advise doing so until you had the complete analysis and assessment of a mold remediation professional. That small amount of mold that you can see in one corner of the bathroom may actually just be the very first symptom that the walls of the entire property are absolutely riddled with mold. That could very easily have a much bigger bill than you are willing to pay.

Is the mold going to be dangerous for me, or other people?
Potentially, which is why we always encourage people to take mold very seriously. Exactly how you and your body will react to mold will depend greatly on the type of mold that it is, and exactly how your body responds to mold. For example, there will be some people that already have a slightly weaker respiratory system such as those with asthma. They will almost definitely have a much more adverse reaction to any mold that is present, and they will suffer the symptoms of mold poisoning much more quickly.
If you and the people who are also living in or using a building are all starting to suffer breathing problems, headaches, sore throats, red and running eyes, and the majority of symptoms disappear once you have left that building, there is a very real chance that those symptoms are caused by nothing less than mold in that building. In fact, there have been some cases in which a family were convinced that their children had asthma, until they moved to another property that was completely mold free. This does not categorically prove, of course, that it was definitely the mold in the first place, but residing and working in damp and moldy places is never going to be a good idea.

How can I prevent mold growth from happening in the future?
In a way, you can’t, because there are mold spores in the air around us all of the time. What you have to do is to ensure that they do not find a pleasant place to stop and set up home. That means that you should always try to keep warm and wet places in your property – such as bathrooms and kitchens – as aerated and dry as possible. As soon as you see any indication of mold, ensure that you remove it and disinfect the area, as this will make it significantly more difficult for mold to continue to grow.

We can answer your questions, and simplify the mold remediation process for you, just call (619) 376-6838.