Mold Remediation: Eradicating the Threat

Mold can build up in the home in many inconspicuous places such as the walls or underneath the floor boards. This invisible menace can make you sick, and if it is not addressed immediately, the home's overall living conditions are compromised. The best way to permanently and properly remove mold from the home's hidden interior surfaces is to address any sources of moisture. There are some additional mold remediation procedures that you can do as a homeowner to protect both your family and home from the effects of mold.

Mold is most common in areas such as the basement walls or the floorboards because it is much easier to introduce moisture into these areas. Mold needs moisture to grow, so if you live in a flood-prone area, it is best to reinforse these areas of the home to prevent any moisture. Most homes have a foundation made of concrete. However, concrete is a porous building material that allows moisture to come into the home. Additionally, the basement is typically built below ground level, which leaves these type of areas prone to flooding. These issues with moisture can be addressed in a number of ways including reinforcing the walls with thicker building materials, such as plastic or vinyl, that can repel moisture.

Many homeowners will also install better drainage pipes around the home, which will divert excess water from the home in the event of heavy rainfall or flooding. These are home improvement that can become expensive because it will require some demolition of the interior walls if the plastic or vinyl lining was not installed in the walls when the home was first built. The other methods of waterproofing include digging underneath the home to access the foundation in order to paint water sealant along the foundation concrete. Many homeowners combine some of these waterproofing efforts with an overall home renovation, especially for the basement. Remodeling involves tear drywall, and in these instances it might be convenient to add some extra protection against moisture build-up.

Without the introduction of water or moisture, it is almost impossible for mold to form inside the home. However, once the home is waterproofed, there should be some effort to remove any traces of mold, since it can continue to make you sick. Most good mold remediation contractors will remove any old drywall that has been affected by mold, and replace it with both thicker wall linings and new drywall. Additionally, there are mold remediation crews that will use high-powered fans and cleaning products to remove the mold if replacing the drywall is not ideal.

Many homeowners are under the impression that mold remediation only involves waterproofing the home. However, waterproofing only addresses the cause of the mold. Along with waterproofing, any existing mold in the home should be labeled because mold can continue to grow, even with minimum amounts of moisture. Although it is possible to remove small amounts of mold yourself, permanent and proper removal will require the expertise of a mold remediation contractor.

Source by Alfred Ardis

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