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Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

When mold gets into a structure, it is impossible to remove every single fungal spore from the environment. The best case scenario once mold is present is to prevent it from spreading and growing more than it has. However, if that’s the case, then why do you often see water damage companies advertising their services with “Mold Removal” as an added benefit?

Why Mold Can’t Be Removed

Here’s what you need to understand about mold:

  • It is a natural organism that is present everywhere. Every time you step outside, there are fungal spores in the air (unless you live in outer space!).
  • You can’t see them because they are microscopic, and they often “hitchhike” on your clothing, hair, pets, and more.
  • Moisture makes mold grow. The spores love humidity. But without that moisture, the mold will not thrive.
  • You can tell when mold levels are getting too high by the strong, musty smell that mold creates when it is growing and thriving.
  • Visible mold is too much mold. Microscopic spores are not the problem; the problem is when there are so many spores in one area that they start to be visible.

So as you can see, removing mold would be a silly idea to try. You can’t remove something that is already naturally present. And if you did somehow remove every single mold spore from a place, it may actually do more harm than good – the shock to our immune systems that are used to some constant mold might not be good.

But the goal of mold remediation is to keep your home healthy and structurally sound. So the plan that we use is to reduce humidity and get rid of any issues where water is leaking or collecting in one place. We recommend keeping your home’s humidity to under 45% with items like dehumidifiers, or by simply ventilating and using the air conditioner. Having your home professionally cleaned after water damage is a great start to killing the excessive mold that is growing, and stopping new mold from forming.

Contact Us for Mold Remediation That Works

The fact is that no company can offer you “mold removal”. What we can offer, however, is mold remediation. As qualified water damage professionals, we know that our focus is getting the mold levels back to what would be considered safe for your health, not removing all the mold forever. To find out more about our services, contact us at Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration Pros today. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.

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