If you have been affected by mold in your house and are looking for a solution, you must have come across the terms mold removal and mold remediation. Some people use these terms differently, others together and others use them in replacement of one another.
Mold grows in damp conditions and where there is excess moisture. It is present outdoors and also inside the house. When mold grows it releases microscopic spores to the atmosphere which are the ones that grown when the conditions are right. These spores can enter your house through spaces like vents, windows and doors. This means therefore that there will always be mold in the atmosphere. Mold can also grow where the humidity levels are high basically when where the levels are 50% and above mold can thrive.
When mold is present it is accompanied by a musty odor emanating from the area where the mold prevalent. If you feel such an odor in your house then you should know that you have a mold problem and more so water damage problem. Where water is present mold spores can easily grow into colonies that will become a problem to remove and get rid of completely. Such colonies are also a danger to the health of the people in the house because they increase the concentration of the spores level in the air which when inhaled can cause health problems such as wheezing and throat irritation.
Whats the difference between mold remediation and mold removal?
There are some contractors that advertise complete mold removal from your home or premises. From the understanding of mold above it is not possible to get rid of mold completely. This is because it will always be there in the atmosphere albeit in minimum quantities. Removing the mold growing in your house does not count really as total mold removal. This leads to the term mold remediation. This is the better term to use because it means that after mold is removed in your house it is reduced to those levels that are not toxic to your health. Mold remediation gets the mold levels back to natural levels so that the mold is not harmful.
When the mold that is growing has been removed from the base, the area is then cleaned thoroughly using mold removal cleaners. A mold inhibitor can then be used on the area if it is prone to mold. After that the moisture causing the mold should be gotten rid off to ensure that there will be no recurrence. Also the air quality should be checked so that if there is a high concentration of the mold then air filtration can be done to ensure you will breathe quality air.