Mold Damage FAQ

Should I have my home tested for mold?

If you have visible mold growth, testing will probably not give you new information. Testing is useful if you have a hidden mold problem and are not sure where the mold is located.

What causes mold to develop?

Mold is a fungal organism that is natural and necessary in the outdoor environment and is normal in the indoor environment. Mold spoors, like the seeds of a tree spread by the wind, when they encounter wet organic matter in the indoor or outdoor environment, the spores can take root and begin to colonize. Mold colonies indoors can be found on wood, the paper face of sheetrock, and various building materials, when those materials encounter moisture for long periods of time.

Is mold harmful?

Some molds cause infections in people with compromised immune systems. Healthy individuals can suffer from allergy and asthma due to exposure to mold. Some molds produce mycotoxins that can produce illness in animals and people.

What is the best way to get rid of mold?

It is important to locate and fix the source of moisture. According to the EPA, mold growth of less than 10 square feet can be handled without filtration units, containment, and remediation protocols. Larger areas should be treated by a professional. Otherwise, the mold is likely to be spread.

Is is possible to completely eliminate mold?

Mold spores are in the outside air all the time and some of them will get inside buildings. However, it is possible to prevent mold growth inside buildings. Moisture control is the key.

Should I use bleach to clean mold?

No. Although bleach will kill the mold, it will not remove it. Dead mold will still cause allergic reactions.

How do I know that the mold cleanup is complete?

The mold cleanup is finished when there is no visible mold remaining, dust, dirt, or odors in the area. Clearance testing is not always necessary. A few mold spores left behind is not a problem if the moisture problem has been corrected.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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