Is Mold Remediation Necessary

Mold is ugly, something most of us know. It grows and spreads rapidly. Removing it can be a hard and involved problem. What you see may not be only in that spot. It may be deeper, hidden behind Sheetrock. The idea of taking out the Sheetrock is scary. Removing fungi from the studs underneath is even more so. How can you be sure it is all gone. Some loose spores might still be waiting to attack.

One of the arguments for a professional remediation expert is the fear of spreading spores. If the work is not done properly, some spores might still be floating in the air or on another person to be carried around like a bad virus. Black mold of any size will burst with spores to infect the entire area. Special air equipment is required.

Fungal Spores

When disturbed, fungal spores fly free in the air inserting themselves on clothing and personal surfaces. The spores get on you, your hair and your skin. If the fungus is large, your home and living will be disturbed until the fungus is removed. That is a bit scary. It is best to hire professionals to remove black mold.

Two Types of Mold

Most don’t usually understand that there are two different types of mold, mildew mold and black mold. This is true whether in Long Island or anywhere else. Mildew mold can be removed with bleach. Black mold will not be stopped so easily. We might spray the area with bleach, and think the problem solved. Bleach will turn the mold another color, light gray, white possibly. In time, maybe in as little as 48 hours, the black mold will reappear and spread. If this happens hire a Long Island mold removal company to get the job done for you.

Black mold is a serious business. It must have moisture. What you see on the surface, might not be the source. The mold might have originated inside a wall due to some condition not known to the owner, a leaking pipe, a leak in the roofing, something feeding the mold. It must be repaired to keep the building safe.

Extensive Damage

Some signs of damage beneath the surface are wallpaper coming loose and cracks in the paint. It is best to leave this to men who have been certified and know about this trouble. Be safe. Unless your spot of black mold is quite small, it is best to call an expert

The Sheetrock with black mold must be removed and the wood underneath inspected. If other wood is infested with the mold, it must be cleaned and then sealed against further mold. All the sheetrock infected by the mold needs to be removed, not something a homeowner would want to do. It is best to have a professional who knows about fungus properties, is trained, and has the proper equipment to handle removal.

A Professional Job

A microbiological cleaner will probably be used to combat the fungus. Once the wood or surface is dry, the area will be sealed against other penetration by the fungus.

Black mold will send out spores, more spores and faster if the fungus is disturbed. Cleaning it requires proper clothing with goggles and a decent mask. A paper mask will not do it. Clothes worn during the remediation will attract fungal spores that are actively spreading in the air. All clothes worn during remediation must be either thrown away immediately upon removal or washed separately from other clothing. In either case, a professional, trained to handle the problem is a better safer solution.

Some Health Risks

The spore from black fungus can cause health problems, sometimes serious. No clinical tests have proved the relationship of health risks with the black fungus, Enough people have suffered affects that it is accepted that fungus spores can cause some bad effects. Some common complaints:
Chronic headaches
asthmatic problems
allergies
persistent cough
sinus problems
skin problems
breathing problems

Professional Remediation of Mold

Remediation requires a pre remediation inspection to judge the depth of the problem and a post remediation inspection to be sure all surfaces have been properly handled and the job safely concluded.

Because the fungus releases spores into the air, proper air control is important. Also, the fungus lives on moisture and cleaning the surfaces requires they be wet. The surfaces must be dried as soon as possible and the spores in the air eliminated. The furnace and air conditioning must be shut off to keep the spores from spreading.

Carpets and drapes must be cleaned if they can be saved at all.

Conclusion

Once remediation has been completed, it is time to use a negative air machine to make sure the spores have been removed. A humidifier will help keep damp rooms safe.

Black mold is not a species that should be ignored. Unless the problem is small, it should be tackled only by a professionals.