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Mold Removal or Mold Remediation? Which Do You Need?2018-10-03T14:13:38+00:00

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

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Mold Removal or Mold Remediation?

When you’re dealing with mold, you’re bound to be stressed by all the conflicting advice and information coming from friends and colleagues. Through all this noise, the most important thing to remember is to minimize the ways in which the mold can spread throughout your home. If possible, don’t disturb the mold and close off the area that the mold is in. Mold spreads through microscopic spores, which travel through the air when the surface of the mold is disturbed. From mild irritants to dangerous black mold, it’s important to be smart when it comes to fighting mold damage.

With so much misinformation out there about mold, it’s hard to know which sources are reliable. 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 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.

Mold grows very quickly in small, damp environments that are protected from sunlight. Therefore, you may find mold underneath sinks, in attics, and behind appliances. Mold also appears in grout lines of tiled showers. This growth is not a sign that you’ve been lax in your cleaning duties, it’s just something that happens when mold spores enter moist environments. Luckily, regular and thorough cleaning can help you spot the signs of mold in the early stages.

We hope this has helped you understand the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. While you may use both terms in the same way, there is a big technical difference between mold remediation and mold removal.

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.

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. Learn more about common mold growth areas by visiting our page on the subject.

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