Mold Removal vs. Mold & Mildew Remediation

Mold Removal vs. Mold & Mildew Remediation Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Finding out you have mold or mildew in your house in Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, or other central Florida areas is definitely an inconvenience, but what needs to happen when you find them? Generally, mildew can be cleaned while mold may involve a more extensive process, such as mold removal or mold remediation. 

Mold removal and mold remediation are two terms used interchangeably, but they do not exactly mean the same thing. Learn the difference between mold removal and mold remediation.

What Is Mold Removal?

Mold removal would indicate the complete and total removal of all mold within a home. This actually isn't possible. Mold spores are everywhere in nature and many of them are dormant. They're also microscopic, meaning you can't see them unless you run a microscope across everything in your home. Dormant mold does not pose any threats to you or your family unless they are somehow triggered to begin actively growing. Active mold requires extensive services included in the process of mold remediation.

Prolonged exposure to mold can have several health risks, especially to those who are already susceptible. 

Mold Remediation is a Multi-Step Process

Mold remediation process in a Plant City, FL home.

Unlike a simple removal, mold remediation is an extensive, multi-step process. This process needs to be thorough in order to remove the active mold. Active mold can cause allergies, asthma, and other types of respiratory distress. Mold remediation should be done by a professional team trained in these techniques in order to avoid any health risks from mold being unintentionally spread. Each case may be different based on the amount and type of mold, but the typical steps involved in the mold remediation process include:

  • Finding exactly where the mold is coming from
  • Sealing those areas to contain them and stop mold spreading
  • Removing any materials that have mold growth under the surface

For surfaces such as tile and other non-porous surfaces, it may be possible to clean the surface with a biocide that will kill the mold. If there's mold on drywall, wood, or other porous surfaces, it's highly likely the mold has invaded below the surface. 

It's also recommended to install high-efficiency air filters in your HVAC system that will filter out any mold spores that may have been left behind. Our team can also use a vacuum with HEPA filters to vacuum the areas where mold was growing. 

To stop future mold growth, we make sure to address the original issue that brought in the moisture, such as a plumbing leak, broken roof shingle, water flooding the home, or other problems. This ensures you won't have mold issues occurring again because of the original issue. 

If you suspect you have an issue with mold, contact the pros at True Builders today!

If your home has a musty smell or you see visible mold, then you more than likely have an issue with mold. Don't wait when you suspect mold may be in your home. Instead, contact the pros at True Builders if you're in central Florida areas such as Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and nearby cities. Reach out to our staff at (863) 647-1800 or send in an online contact form today!

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