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The Basics of Mold and Mold Remediation

If you have already spotted mold, there is no need to shell out the money for a pre-test. Any mold, no matter how large or small, must go. Besides, mold removal must be performed in the same way, regardless of what type is present. Don’t let a purported professional convince you to spend hundreds of dollars on pre-testing when you can already see mold. What matters most is you have a proven specialist tend to your mold problem sooner rather than later. Here is a look at some of the different types of mold and the remediation process.

Examples of mold types include the following:

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is a mold group found across the globe, especially in the northern hemisphere during the winter and fall months. This fungus can spur allergic diseases in those who are asthmatic and those who have cystic fibrosis.

Chaetomium

Chaetomium, also found worldwide, has more than 80 known species. Chaetomium colonies proliferate, initially appearing white and cotton-like in color and then maturing with a grey to olive hue.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is the most common mold to invade both indoor and outdoor air. Commonly found in spaces that have endured water damage, certain species might prove resistant to specific types of treated lumber. This type of mold will likely appear dark green or grey, often with a powdery look. Cladosporium spores easily become airborne, which can spur allergic reactions and additional respiratory issues.

Memnoniella

Memnoniella is a contaminant typically found on moist cellulose. It forms in chains, yet it is often considered a member of the Stachybotrys family. Some species generate toxins similar to those produced by Stachybotrys chartarum.

Penicillium

This mold species indicates the indoor environment is overly-damp. Certain species are known to generate mycotoxins. These fast-growing colonies likely create mycotoxins and have conidial structures similar to brushes. If you notice an overpowering musty odor, it is a sign your home is Penicillium.

Stachybotrys

This green-black mold grows on materials with significant cellulose content and building materials such as fiberboard, drywall, and wallpaper, as well as on files, cardboard boxes, insulation backing, ceiling tiles and many other spaces. Such mold needs uber-humid or wet conditions for an extended period of time in order to grow. Anything from a spill in the shower to a plumbing leak can send water through the roof foundation and causes mold types like Stachybotrys.

Mold Removal

Mold removal centers on contamination control, source removal, moisture removal, and safety.
• Safety is the overarching principle of mold removal. All employees and occupants must have adequate protection.
• Assessments must get done during and after mold remediation.
• Contaminant control is of the utmost importance. If mold cross-contaminates or spreads from an affected area to an uncontaminated spot, the problem could spiral out of control.
• Once the professional identifies the source of mold, as well as the moisture that led to the initial outbreak, prompt removal is required.

Each of these principles for mold removal applies to all types of mold regardless of its size, color or other characteristics.

There is no need to dismantle the entire home if you spot some mold. Mold remediation and removal efforts should zero in on the area in which mold growth and water occur by pinpointing the source and fixing it. Once the professional removes the mold, it will be necessary to clean out any spores in the air with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air scrubber/exchange. For example, the use of simple ventilation or negative air control allows for the replacement of moldy air with clean air. Even the filters of the vacuum and air scrubbers must be HEPA. HEPA filters are engineered to collect minute particles, even those as tiny as mold spores. The bottom line is a regular filter will not get the job done.

Contact the Experts Right Away if You Spot Mold in Your Home

Mold removal is not a DIY (do it yourself) job. A single misstep can compromise your health and the safety of your home. The assistance of mold professionals is necessary to eliminate mold in the most efficient manner possible. So don’t try to tackle this problem on your own. Let the experts get the job done, and you will rest easy knowing your home or business is perfectly safe for living, working, and other activities