Mold is not only unsightly, but it can be harmful as well. Unfortunately, mold can be found in many homes, where it can wreak havoc if left to grow. Moisture is the breeding ground for mold, and while minor mold problems may be handled with a little DIY intervention, large mold problem should be left up to the professionals. Mold removal and mold remediation are often used interchangeably, but let’s see where the difference lies.
“Can mold be removed?” The simple answer is that mold can be removed, but only to a certain extent. From a technical standpoint, it’s not possible to remove every bit of mold, whether in an indoor or outdoor environment because of its microscopic characteristic. Mold spores can lay dormant, but they can be triggered to actively grow later on. Mold is constantly growing in just about every environment where moisture accumulates. Removing mold stains from sight so that it is no longer visible can be achieved by scrubbing it from hard surfaces, like a wall, using commercial cleaning products. A bleach solution is commonly used to remove mold from a wall temporarily, depending on the degree of damage.
Scrubbing mold stains does nothing to address why the mold grew in the first place. The best option is to control mold growth by removing its source and this is where mold remediation comes into play. The process involves helping to return the mold levels to a degree where it is safe. It first begins with identifying any source of water or moisture that needs to be addressed, followed by cleaning up existing mold, being deliberate not to cause exposure, then taking action to prevent new growth. Breaking it down step-by-step, mold remediation commonly involves:
● Calling the professionals who have the equipment, resources and skilled professionals to tackle your mold problem.
● Careful inspection and mold damage assessment are performed, identifying visible signs of mold and hidden water sources.
● Containment of the mold to prevent it from spreading to new areas and surfaces, which can be done using negative air chambers or negative air pressure for isolation.
● Filtering the air in order to capture microscopic mold spores in the air, using tools like, powerful “air scrubbers.”
● The mold-infested materials being removed, and antifungal and antimicrobial used to treat and eliminate mold colonies, preventing the development of new ones.
● Restoring items that have been affected by the mold, such as furniture and curtains are cleaned.
● Restoring floors and dry walls that have been damaged by the mold through repairs, minor to major, depending on the level of damage.
Mold removal and mold remediation can mean different things for different people. While the growth of mold colonies can be prevented, removing mold entirely cannot be done. Mold stains can the removed temporarily, but it’s mold remediation that can control mold growth and get it to a safe level if done correctly. If you have a mold problem, the professionals at Bay State Mold Removal can tackle your tough job. Your home will be restored to its former beauty and your air will be clean to breathe once again. If you need either mold removal or mold remediation, contact us right away! We offer 24/7 service & free estimates! Call us at
(857) 389-5284 . We serve all of Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Rhode Island!