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Mold Removal Frequently Asked Questions

 

mold damage Water damage can hit at any time or place. After the initial shock, it’s time to methodically clean the affected area. What many homeowners don’t realize, or may not understand the extent of, is the possibility of mold growth after any degree of water damage. Since mold is usually a foreign topic for the average person, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you on your way to staying mold-free this summer.

What is the difference between mold and mildew?

Mold and mildew are like cousins: they have similar features, but vary when it comes to size, color, and texture. Both love warm, moist areas. However, mildew is a surface fungus that is usually lighter in color. Mold can be black or green and is usually a sign of a large infestation. Regardless of the type of fungi, no homeowner likes to see growth in their home.

How can I identify mold?

Mold can take on a variety of colors and textures. Your nose is a quick way to detect remnants of mold. In order to find mold, it’s important to know where it hides. Like mentioned above, mold loves warm, moist areas. After a water damage incident, check the surrounding areas thoroughly. Mold can grow behind walls, around the toilet rim, underneath baseboards, and deep in cabinet fixtures. It may seem like a hassle to check for mold, but it is more time effective to detect mold in the onset, not after weeks of infestation. If you are unsure about the presence of mold in your home, give Georgia Interior in Atlanta a call. Our experienced technicians are expert at detecting and treating mold.

Should I buy a house with mold?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The generic answer is to weigh the cost. You may need to ask the Atlanta seller to pay for the damage, or you can remove it yourself with a professional service if the cost seems worth the house. Keep in mind that you should always get in contact with a professional service to determine the best methods for remediation.

How long does it take for mold to spread?

The concise answer is “it depends.” Some mold spores can germinate in as little as 12 hours, with colonization occurring within 1 to 12 days. Of course, this depends on the location and amount of moisture. If you suspect mold, don’t postpone calling a mold mitigation specialist in Atlanta.

Is bleach effective in removing mold?

The Environmental Protection Agency was one of the first federal agencies to stop recommending the use of bleach in mold mitigation. This is partly because bleach only reaches the top layer. It’s only recommended for non-porous surfaces like tile. But for nearly everything else, mold spreads its roots (called Mycelia) deep into porous surfaces. This means that bleach will not extract and eliminate mold spores.

What is mold remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of removing mold from an area. It should be done by a professional. DIY solutions usually only scratch the surface with mold growth—it really does need to be handled by a professional in the Atlanta area. Give us a call if you suspect mold in your Atlanta home!

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