Mold Remediation FAQs
Below are a few mold remediation FAQs to know and understand mold and mold remediation.
What is mold? – Mold, a fungus, sprouts from tiny spores that float about in the air. The spores often land to moist places such as bathroom, kitchens or near a water leak.
Is mildew mold? Yes, mildew is a common type of mold that is normally found on damp surfaces such as grout on shower tiles, bathroom walls and more. Mildew has tiny black spots, and is easily cleaned with a brush and an OTC mold remover.
Is mold harmful? Yes, mold can be harmful to you and your family’s health. Mold exposure can have common side effects such as wheezing , rash, watery eyes, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and redness of the eyes. More serious side effects such as asthma attacks, infections and even severe illnesses can occur.
How long does the mold removal process take? There are many factors that determine how long the mold removal process takes such as type of mold, how large an area, etc. Generally mold removal (remediation) takes anywhere from 1 day to 5 days.
How long does it take mold to grow or spread? Mold spores will spread depending on the environment the mold is situated, the amount of moisture and other factors that can affect the area which the mold is present. Mold can spread very quickly when it is disrupted by rubbing it or by air spraying against it.
If I see visible mold, do I need an inspection? There’s no reason to spend money to confirm mold if you are already seeing it.
Does bleach kill mold? Yes , bleach will kill indoor species of mold on materials such as tiles, bathtubs, glass and countertops. BUT bleach cannot penetrate through porous materials such as wood or drywall. The mold will return because only the surface was treated and the roots remain within the porous material.
What about companies that claim to test and remove mold? The company that tests for mold should not be the same company that remediates the mold. At first it may make sense but there is the possibility of a conflict of interest. A company that does both could provide results in their favor.
Does my homeowners insurance cover mold? It depends. If the mold is caused from a pipe suddenly or accidentally bursting, the cost of remediation should be covered. The claim is due to the ruptured pipe, not the mold itself. If mold is due to neglected home maintenance, claims are more likely to be rejected. It’s always best to know what your homeowners insurance policy covers before you need it.
What should I ask when hiring a mold remediation company? Mold remediation companies should be licensed and insured. The specialists should also be IICRC certified and experienced specifically in mold remediation. Ask friends, neighbors and family for a recommendation as well as checking online reviews such as yelp & google.
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