Mold is not just an unsightly nuisance. It can also be a health hazard for building occupants. Identifying and eliminating mold is critical for maintaining safe spaces and protecting the integrity of your building.
When Is Mold Remediation Required?
Early detection is key when addressing mold issues. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify a mold problem. Watch for these five signs and take action if you spot them:
Not all molds have an odor, but those that do are noticeable. Don’t ignore mold smells, even if you can’t see the source. Mold is often hidden above ceiling tiles, below carpets, inside walls, and other hidden places. If you can smell it but not see it, it’s time to consider mold remediation.
2. Dark Spots
Mold growth can cause discoloration on surfaces. This isn’t just a stain—it’s an active mold colony. Remember that what you see is just on the surface, so there could be more mold hiding. The sooner you tackle the problem, the less likely you will have to replace building materials and furnishings.
3. Water Damage
Mold loves a moist environment. Leaky plumbing, equipment that drips, or roof damage can create a breeding ground for mold. Fix leaks quickly to avoid mold growth, and when mold is present, it’s time for remediation.
Another way to create a mold habitat is with condensation. Condensation could be present on or near refrigeration units, windows, and other areas with a significant temperature difference. Remember that condensation can also occur inside air ducts, so inspect difficult-to-see areas regularly.
If occupants experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing or irritated eyes, it could be because they are reacting to mold in the building. Even if you can’t see or smell it, this is a sign that mold is lurking somewhere.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait When Mold Remediation Is Required
If left untreated, mold will continue to grow, especially if it’s in damp, dark areas. Mold grows quickly, so take action as soon as the problem is identified. Waiting too long to address mold can lead to health hazards for building occupants, damage to furnishings or equipment, and other issues, depending on the building’s use. Working with a professional is the best way to ensure that mold is completely removed using specialized products and equipment.
How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?
When mold remediation is required, the amount of time it takes will depend on the severity of the problem. Another factor is where the mold is located. If mold is in difficult-to-reach areas—like inside walls or ducts—removal could take longer. In many cases, professional mold cleaning takes 1-5 days. Professionals need to identify the mold’s location, treat the area, and allow enough time for the products to be effective. They also need to test to ensure the treatment worked and reapply if needed.
How to Prevent Future Mold After Cleaning
After a mold problem is addressed, it’s crucial to remove the source of the mold. If a moist environment is impossible to remove, installing dehumidifiers may be necessary to draw moisture from the air and avoid condensation. Regularly cleaning areas susceptible to mold can also help prevent larger colonies from growing and spreading.
Fight Mold with Decon7 Systems
Decon7 Systems offers D7, an EPA-registered fungicide that is effective against common types of mold. The product is used by mold remediation professionals in residential and commercial environments to kill spores. D7 foam is particularly effective for reaching mold in challenging spaces, such as behind walls, inside ducts, and in the smallest of cracks.
Learn how one company used D7 to address mold problems in homes after Hurricane Katrina in our case study, How This Chemical Decontamination and Remediation Company Increased Efficiency in Hurricane Cleanup.