Mold spores are microscopic organisms that are present both indoor and outdoors. These spores float along the air and often enter homes through doors, windows, air systems. In some cases, they are brought in through clothing and or pets. They can lay dormant until activated by moisture for many years.
Mold colonies can occur in a short span of 48 hours if mold is exposed to water or higher than normal humidity.
These colonies may produce toxins that are harmful to humans and pets, some molds often produce a strong odor.
Identifying the source of water or abnormal humidity must be addressed before mold remediation begins to occur, otherwise mold may return.
What is "Black Mold"
Stachybotrys chartarum commonly referred as “black mold” or “toxic mold”, is a greenish-black mold. This black mold often grows on materials with high cellulose content when there are high levels of moisture present.
High levels of moisture are often caused by water damage due to water leaks, water infiltration, condensation, or flooding. Constant moisture is needed for the growth of black mold to occur.
Multiple types of mold can be present and growing within the same structure. If mold growth has occurred at your property it needs to be treated with caution. It is advised to stay clear of affected areas and not disturb the mold. Some molds can produce allergens and irritants, prolonged exposure to molds can cause a variety of symptoms.
A qualified mold remediation company should be contacted regardless of the color or type of mold.
Please contact Home Pro if you suspect there is a mold problem occurring immediately.
The Steps of Mold Remediation
Step 1: Mold Containment
Various containment procedures are used to contain and prevent the spread of mold. All fans, heating and cooling systems are always turned off to prevent any mold from being spread. Advanced containment procedures are used to isolate the contaminated area and use negative air pressure to help keep mold spores from spreading during the process.
Step 2: Air Filtration
Powerful air scrubber and HEPA vacuums are used to impede the spread of mold spores during the remediation process. Specialized filtration equipment is used to seize microscopic mold spores out of the air.
Step 3:Removing Mold and Infested Materials
The remediation process depends on the amount of mold and the surface type the mold is growing on. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are used to eliminate and prevent new mold colonies from creating. It may be required to get rid of mold infested materials in order to remediate massive mold growth.
Depending on the amount of damage that the mold has caused restoration can include either minor or mayor repairs. Restoration can vary from just replacing a drywall to the reconstruction of various areas or rooms at your property.