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.
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