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Common Mold Growth Areas2018-10-26T20:53:40+00:00

Common Areas of Mold Growth

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Common Areas of Mold Growth

Do you suspect mold in your home? If you’ve recently experienced water damage or even minor flooding, you should be on the lookout for mold. Any situation that creates moisture, such as spills underneath the refrigerator, leaks under sinks, and damp basements will create the ideal environment for growth. Mold needs moisture and an organic substance called cellulose to grow. Cellulose can be found in almost any building material in your home, such as wood, carpeting, furniture, drywall and even your furniture. If you cannot see the mold, but you can smell an unpleasant, musty odor, it’s likely that there is mold hiding out of sight. Here are a few common places mold can grow:

The Bathroom

The most common place that mold tends to grow is in the bathroom. With a shower, sink and a toilet, bathrooms have plenty of moisture and cellulose to feed mold spores. Luckily, there is some good news about bathroom mold removal! In general, we would advise you to reach out to professionals for mold remediation, however there are some cases where you can perform bathroom mold removal yourself. If the mold is only on the shower curtain, tile floors, bathtub surface, or the grout, it may not require the help of a professional. In those cases, bathroom mold removal can be accomplished using mold removal products.

The Attic

A combination of leaky air conditioning systems and an aging roof can create a breeding ground for mold. In summer, hot air tends to come in through the attic. When that air meets the cooler air of your air conditioning system, it creates moisture. This moisture can create an optimal breeding ground for mold.

The Ventilation System

Another place you may find mold is around your ventilation system. On hot days, your vents fill with cool air and moisture condenses there, wich is why it is important to get perioidc AC maintenance. Many ventilation systems also pull air from outside the home, introducing mold spores into the ducts. Your vents can introduce mold into other areas of your home which may not have previously been infected.

Discovering mold in your home can often lead to feelings of guilt or shame. It’s important to remember that there is no one to blame for mold growth! Poor cleaning does not cause mold, however regular and thorough cleaning means you are likely to discover the presence of mold more quickly. We’ve been in the business of mold remediation for over 15 years, so we’ve seen it all. We’re dedicated to helping you understand the risks and hazards you’ll face as a result of mold, as well as the process of mold remediation. To learn more about mold, or to speak with an emergency response team, reach out today!

Mold Damage Tips

Before doing anything else, read this! Many homeowners exacerbate their mold problems due to improper handling at the first sign of mold. It’s important to be educated on mold practices. Here are some tips you can follow right now!

Common Types of Mold

If you’re dealing with mold in your home, you probably know that mold comes in many different varieties. In fact, there are thousands of different mold species! We’ve created a guide to explore some common types of mold you may encounter.

Mold Remediation Process

From first contact, to site inspection and review, to containment, removal and air purification, we’ve customized the Bright Restoration mold remediation process help you fully repair your home quickly and responsibly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t be confused by people who use the terms mold removal and mold remediation interchangeably. There is a difference between mold removal and mold remediation.  Imagine if you had an infection. While a pain reliever might temporarily alleviate your pain, you won’t really begin to combat the infection until your doctor prescribes you with antibiotics. Similarly, scrubbing a surface area of mold may remove the mold from your wall temporarily, but it may also cause much more damage to you and also to your home. In true mold remediation, highly trained specialists will return the mold levels in your home to safety, as well as solve the moisture problem that was causing the mold growth in the first place. Make sure the restoration company you hire is accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (or the IICRC), an internationally recognized organization responsible for providing certification to all mold specialists.

While we never advise that you handle cases of mold remediation yourself, there are certain situations where it may be safe. If the mold seems to be located on tile or grout (for example, on shower tiles), it is generally safe to handle it yourself using the correct safety precautions. On the other hand, if you can see mold on your walls, we advise you to call a professional restoration company. Mold on porous surfaces such as walls, hardwood floors, ceilings, indicate a good chance of mold growth behind the walls.  Mold gives us a signal that the area is retaining moisture. In order to perform proper mold remediation to your walls or ceilings, you must first treat the source of the moisture so that the problem does not reoccur. It’s important that you know the difference between DIY and professional mold remediation circumstances. Also, if you’ve previously tried to clean mold in your home but have experienced a resurgence of growth, it’s definitely time to call a professional restoration company.

Mold remediation costs will vary from project to project. Each case is unique and requires a customized plan for successful mold remediation. Having said that, the general range is between $2,000 to $7,000, and is determined by the scope of the infestation, the extent of labor and the cost of materials used in restoration.

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