What is Mold?

mold remediationBefore we start talking about commercial mold remediation, what exactly is mold? Mold is micro-organisms that are decomposers of dead material such as plants. Mold requires moisture to grow, if you can stop the source of the moisture, then you can help stop the growth of mold. When there is a lot of mold growing on a surface, it often appears to be blue, green, or black. The color of the mold is determined by the type and the influence by the source of the nutrient. Mold can grow where there is any kind of dampness in your office or building. This microorganism can grow on wood, food, paper, walls, or even insulation. Not only can mold effect the material it grows on, it can also cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems as well. This is why it is vital to call a mold remediation expert when you do find mold in your commercial building.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation involves the process of finding the mold, containing it, and then removing the mold from the effected area. Not only should the mold be removed, but the air around the mold needs to be cleaned as well to prevent any type of allergic reaction to people. It is extremely important to contain all the mold into one area because the spores can be easily spread to other areas. These microscopic organisms can be spread by air or by even attaching themselves to clothes or other objects. Many mold experts usually use air pressure and barriers to seal off the area that has been affected. Once the mold is found, you then need to find the source of what caused the mold. Whether this was caused by a water leak by a faucet or from a leaking pipe.

If you happen to catch the mold when it has first started, you usually are able to save most of your items. Thus making the cost of the clean up and repair fairly cheap. However, if you let the mold build up for a long period of time, the chances of saving items become slim making the repair cost more expensive. If your drywall has been affected, chances are that the drywall will need to be removed, replaced, and repainted. Even if there is a chance to save some of your items, it will most likely be more expensive to get the item decontaminated. All items that are in the area should be cleaned even if there is no visible mold growth on the item.

Here is a list of places where mold usually grows.

  • Refrigerator drip pans
  • Chimney
  • Window seals
  • Washing machines
  • Dishes
  • Air conditioners

You should regularly check these areas to make sure that is no mold growth. If you happen to see mold growing. Contact a mold expert immediately.

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