A Guide To Understanding And Treating The Mold In Your Home

If you have recently found out that mold is in your home, you are not alone. Some experts believe that many homes have mold in some form, but most of those molds are harmless to healthy people and are not the toxic mold that have been associated with a variety of health concerns. However, since it is so common, it's important to determine if and when remediation or removal are appropriate or valid choices. Therefore, when mold has been diagnosed in your home and both of those words have been mentioned to you, it 's best to be aware of the important differences between the two, as explained below.  

The Patches Of Mold Beside The Sink Or In The Corner Of The Tub Are Rarely Problematic...But You Should Address Them Early On

It is often surprising to discover that mold can form in 24 or 48 hours. That means that if a damp area is left on the side of the shower or kitchen sink and you are out of town or otherwise away from home for the weekend, you can come back to find new mold. Fortunately, that new and unwanted growth can usually be addressed with bleach or another common cleaning agent from your local grocery or discount store.  

A good rule of thumb is that if the mold cannot be erased with that type of over-the-counter treatment, it's time to speak with experts. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has been quoted as suggesting that if the total size of the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet, professional intervention is your best choice. It is essential to remove any sources of water, address water leaks and remove moldy carpet, bedding, mattresses, etc. before proceeding to the next step. 

Understanding Mold Remediation And Removal

Since mold occurs so quickly and can manifest within walls, shower curtains, etc. so easily, many experts believe that complete removal of it in every home is not possible and is not always a logical goal. Instead, it's better to be sure that the home is not conducive to the formation of mold and that if you do see it, you remove it. If it continues to come back to the same area, even when preventative and removal techniques are applied to that space, it could indicate that there is a cause of that mold in that vicinity that you might be unaware of.

However, it is important to note that remediation can be defined as the method(s) by which mold is sanitized, removed and from a home, office or building of any type. It can be accomplished by your own methods, using one or more of the suggestions or techniques shared above. Alternatively, professional assistance is also a viable choice. If your own efforts fail, if you're not healthy enough to be near the cleaning agents or if the work of remediation isn't safe for you to endure, professional assistance is the best choice. In addition, if you're still unsure of which options for treating the mold is right for your needs, home and family, consulting with those experts is a good option.   

In conclusion, mold remediation and removal often sound as if they are one and the same, but every homeowner needs to be aware of the implications of both. As a result, it's a good idea to be aware of the information shared above as you determine the right way to prevent and address those mold issues.