Mold removal, also called mold remediation, can be a perplexing and complicated process for most people. Finding mold in your home or business is a disturbing and stressful thing to discover. You immediately want it gone and cleaned up, however the proper way to remove mold might not be what you expected.
It’s completely understandable to be stressed over mold, and that is why professional mold remediation is required. Our certified technicians here at Anchor Restoration have spent years studying and getting on-the-job experience making us qualified to deal with any mold situation that might arise.
Our goal is to make the process less stressful for you. We provide our customers with the reassurance needed that their mold removal with be handled effectively and swifty, so that they aren’t exposed to further hazards.
The Appearance of Mold
Mold can take on varying appearances from different sizes, colors and textures. Sometimes this can make it arduous to detect mold with the naked eye. Depending on its appearance, it can often be confused with mildew or even dirt.
Mold can range in color from green to black and any shade between the two. At times you might notice mold right away from it’s odor or appearance, yet some spores are difficult to recognize. This is why it’s recommended to have a professional inspect your home and identify exactly what the problem is instead of making a guess. Mold removal can start once the mold is identified.
Typically, mold is recognized by it’s innate musty odor that makes you want to discover the source of the smell. After looking further, mold spores are usually found.
You must know though, that not all mold emits an odor. Mold can be present without having any musty smell around. Sometimes you can discover mold accidentally, and other times you won’t even know it’s there until it becomes a considerable issue.
Causes of Mold
Different things can contribute to the growth of mold. In most cases, however, it is a damp, warm area that has little ventilation and some kind of nutrient that will promote mold growth.
There are around 300,000 kinds of mold! With all these types of mold, we can’t possibly list all the various mold can grow. The simplest thing to remember is that areas that are warm, damp and don’t have proper ventilation are prime areas for mold growth. Anything that mold can absorb nutrients from is can grow on. That includes wood, fabric, dead skin cells and so forth.
Removing Mold By Yourself
Mold removal should be done by professionals. Unless you can toss out the contaminates without any risk of danger to your health, it’s best to call experts, like Anchor Restoration. Mold is tricky and difficult, and in some situations, you can actually create a worse problem.
Mold must be removed utilizing the IICRC guidelines for mold removal, which our team at Anchor Restoration are experienced in.
You might come across common household mold while performing your daily chores. If the mold spots are limited and aren’t posing a health risk to you, try putting on protective gear and cleaning the spots off solid surfaces like metal, glass, tile and porcelain. If it is on small items like dishes, you can just toss the contaminated items in a heavy duty trash bag and take them out of the environment.
If mold is discovered in these ways, don’t try to remove it yourself but call in the professionals:
- Mold that encompasses more than a foot or two
- Mold produced from flooding or water damage
- Mold inside your ventilation or heating
- Mold inside your walls
- Any mold found when a household member has become asthmatic or displays a major allergy.
It’s much smarter to be safe than sorry as some mold can be lethal.
While this article is barely scratching the surface when discussing mold removal in SLC, we hope it has given you a bit more insight so that you can prevent mold growth in your home and at work.
If you have any questions about mold growth or remediation, please give us a call at 801-269-0343. We are happy to help in any way we can and we offer free estimates for mold removal.