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Mold is Like an Iceberg, More is Unseen than Seen

Mold is a pervasive issue that can easily go unnoticed as it often grows in hidden places such as wall cavities, attics, and crawl spaces. While it may appear to be only on the surface, mold typically has root-like structures that penetrate deeper into materials, making it difficult to fully eradicate without professional intervention. Additionally, mold spores can easily spread and contaminate other areas of a home, leading to potential health hazards for inhabitants. It is essential to address mold growth promptly and thoroughly to prevent further damage and safeguard the health and well-being of those living in the space.

It's Best to Hire A Professional For Mold Removal

It is best to hire a professional to remove mold as they have the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively eliminate the mold problem. Professionals also have the necessary tools and equipment to properly clean and remediate the affected areas to prevent further mold growth.

Can Mold Make You Sick?

Mold can be instrumental in the development of serious respiratory infections, particularly in children and seniors, due to their weakened immune systems. Mold spores can be inhaled into the lungs, leading to inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract. This can exacerbate existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and allergies, and potentially lead to more serious infections like pneumonia. Children and seniors are more susceptible to these health risks as their immune systems may not be as strong in fighting off harmful substances. Additionally, prolonged exposure to mold can worsen symptoms and lead to chronic respiratory issues in these vulnerable populations. It is important to address any mold growth in homes, schools, or healthcare facilities to protect the respiratory health of children and seniors.

What are Mold Spores?

Mold spores are tiny, lightweight reproductive units produced by mold fungi. These spores are easily dispersed through the air and can settle on surfaces, leading to the growth of mold. Monitoring mold spores in indoor spaces is essential to prevent potential health risks such as respiratory issues and allergies. Eliminating mold spores involves identifying and addressing the source of moisture that allows mold to grow, maintaining proper ventilation, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces where mold spores may accumulate. Proper ventilation, dehumidification, and thorough cleaning with a combination of soap and water or specialized mold cleaning products are effective ways to eliminate mold spores and prevent their growth in living spaces.

What Steps Do We Take to Remove Mold?

When an OdorPros Affiliate comes to your home to remove mold, it is address on the surface, below the surface and in the air.

The first step is testing to see just how invasive the mold infestation has become. This is covered on another page. The next phase is to remove any vegetative mold that is on the the surface of your home's substrates, the timbers, plywood, sheetrock and other surfaces. We make this first removal with HEPA vacuums to capture and contain the spores with as little disruption as possible. Then we treat the fungus chemically to neutralize and remove it.

What Does It Cost To Remove Mold from a Home?

Establishing even a range of cost for mold removal is very difficult due to the potential for invasive spread of the fungus throughout a house, on the surfaces, buried deep within walls, down in crawl spaces and up in attics. There are times, unfortunately, when sheetrocked walls cannot be preserved intact, but instead the sheetrock must be removed to expose the inner chambers where moisture is trapped and mold is growing. Please suffice it to say that if the mold is caught early and the is only on the surface, requiring surface cleaning and a vapor treatment, it can be as little as $2.00-$2.50 per square foot.

What Can be Done to Keep Mold from Returning?

The optimal temperature for mold growth in a house is typically between 77-86oF. Mold tends to thrive in warm environments, so maintaining a steady temperature within this range can encourage its growth. In terms of humidity levels, mold thrives in moist conditions. The ideal humidity level for mold growth is typically around 70-80%. This high level of moisture in the air provides the necessary conditions for mold spores to germinate and grow into a full-fledged colony.  Therefore, the first step is to control temperature and humidity. Professionally, we can also apply antimicrobial coatings that resist mold growth.