East Coast Mold Remediation Explains the Mold Remediation Process
As you explore mold testing and removal options, you likely have many mold remediation companies vying for your business. Maryland residents trust East Coast Mold Remediation for mold remediation services in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Our residential and commercial mold remediation services are aligned with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. We also have mold remediation certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Below, we have answered frequently asked questions about our expert mold remediation process for your peace of mind.
What Is mold remediation?
Mold remediation is the process by which mold is sanitized, contained, and removed from an indoor environment. Professional mold remediation services kill existing mold, stop the spread of mold, and prevent mold from returning. If left untreated, mold can be hazardous to your health and building’s structural integrity. Before mold remediation can begin, we must first identify underlying causes and address any moisture issues to recommend the best course of action.
What makes mold grow?
Mold spores require moisture, favorable temperatures, oxygen, and nutrients to begin growing inside your home or business. Mold often gets nutrients from dead organic material like wood or fabric or synthetic products like paint. Mold can grow on any surface but is usually found on wood, wallpaper, painted walls, carpet, sheetrock, insulation, and ceiling tiles. There are many types of mold you could have present on your property including dark green, blue, brown, or black mold. If you need black mold remediation services in Maryland, we can help!
What is the difference between mold and mildew?
Mold and mildew are often used interchangeably, but they’re two different types of fungi. Mildew is usually white or grey, while mold is usually more colorful (green, blue, black, or yellow) with a fuzzy or slimy texture. Mildew grows on flat, already-wet surfaces, while mold often grows beneath surfaces. Because mildew is usually found on surfaces, it’s easier to clean and remove than mold. While both can cause allergic or respiratory issues, mold is a more severe health concern.
How long does the mold removal process take?
The time it takes to remove mold depends on how much mold is present and where the mold is located. Mold remediation could take anywhere from one day to several days. Our mold remediation process begins with a mold evaluation, during which we will visually inspect your space for signs of mold, take samples, and identify any high moisture areas.
The next step is a mold inspection, during which we’ll thoroughly search common places mold is known to hide and thrive. This can include attics, basements, crawl spaces, garages, HVAC ducts and vents, mattresses, showerheads, under grout, and more. We may need to remove a section of drywall or paneling to get a closer look at suspected mold damage. Once the inspection is over, we’ll map out a mold remediation plan. We also provide mold verification services to ensure that the mold remediation process is successful. We’ll reinspect all areas of concern and take additional samples as needed. It’s not uncommon to request mold verification from a third party for your peace of mind.
Do I need to hire a mold remediation expert? Can I remove mold myself?
While anyone could remove surface mold with household products or sprays, the process is best left in the hands of professionals with specialized equipment, knowledge, and training. Because most mold spores are airborne, they can easily be disturbed and distributed, often creating additional mold issues.
Because mold is hazardous when ingested, remediation requires proper personal protective equipment. For the best results, you should entrust the job to mold remediation companies with IICRC mold remediation certifications. Unlike other companies that use harsh chemicals, our team uses environmentally friendly mold remediation techniques and products. We go above and beyond to protect your health while preventing the return of mold.
How do you prevent mold growth inside your home?
Moisture contributes to mold growth. If water is present, we suggest removing excess moisture as soon as possible. We also recommend investing in proper ventilation to help mitigate moisture levels, such as a high quality air conditioner or dehumidifier. Don’t forget about your gutters! Ensure your gutters are directing water away from your home’s foundation so water does not collect in your basement or crawl space. Check out our other tips for preventing mold growth obtained from years of experience.
Is there a leftover residue after mold remediation?
You can rest assured that our team will thoroughly clean off any surface residue left behind by mold remediation. Our goal is to remove your mold and preserve any affected indoor surfaces. In addition to deep cleaning the surfaces, we also target residual mold spores in the air using our state-of-the-art vacuum systems. We may also use high-tech fans or dehumidifiers to take care of leftover moisture.
Are you qualified to provide professional mold remediation?
Yes, East Coast Mold Remediation is IICRC mold remediation certified in Maryland. We’re qualified to provide comprehensive residential and commercial mold remediation services in the Baltimore area and throughout the state. You can rest assured that we’ll get the job done right the first time. Check out our testimonials to see why our mold remediation experts are so highly recommended. Contact us today to request an estimate!