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Mold Remediation vs Mold Removal: What’s the Difference?

Mold Remediation vs Mold Removal: What’s the Difference?

One of the biggest fears of southern homeowners is experiencing a mold problem. Our hot, humid summers create the perfect breeding grounds for mold to thrive. And once mold starts growing, you’ll want to stop it in its tracks as soon as possible so the problem doesn’t become worse. If you find mold in your basement, attic, or elsewhere in your home, don’t panic! You may be able to remove the mold yourself, but in many cases, it will take a professional’s help to not only remediate the existing mold issue, but also prevent it from returning.

You may have seen mold removal and mold remediation services in and around Atlanta. But what’s the difference between the two and which one do you really need? Here’s what you need to know to make the right decision the first time.

Mold Remediation vs Mold Removal

Mold remediation and mold removal are often used interchangeably, but the two aren’t quite the same thing. When you hear companies advertising mold removal services, it conjures an image of them physically removing all mold from the home. Some companies even go so far as to guarantee 100% mold removal, but this actually isn’t possible.

Mold exists in the air we breathe. There are spores all around us, inside and outside, so “getting rid” of mold in the literal sense isn’t actually an option.

However, mold remediation refers to tackling an existing mold problem within the home to kill the spores and prevent them from spreading. This way, the issue won’t become worse and do any more damage than it already has.

Every home has mold, whether or not you see it. Mold is a natural part of the earth, but it can get out of control within the home. Mold remediation combats unnaturally high levels of mold so that it doesn’t pose a health risk to you and your family.

How Does Mold Get Into Homes?

Mold can enter the home as easily as air passes through a door or window. They’re airborne spores that can settle on surfaces. Like plants, they need water to grow, and when they settle in moist areas that also double as a nutrition source (think wallpaper, wood, ceiling tiles, cardboard, etc.), they can multiply rapidly. But certain events can lead to uncontrolled mold growth that will need to be addressed.

One common cause is a leak. Mold loves dark, damp areas and will take advantage of your negligence. Small roof leaks, a dripping pipe, or a wet basement can all contribute to mold. Another common cause is humidity, which can create enough moisture for mold to grow.

Humidity is a big threat here in Georgia, and since our warm weather tends to last longer than other states, it’s imperative that homeowners watch for signs of mold and take action as soon as possible before the problem gets worse.

Signs of Mold in Your House

Mold can take many different appearances, and it’s not always as obvious as you might think. Here are the common signs of mold growth to look for in your home:

  • Water Damage: Where there’s water damage, mold is likely to follow. Leaks, drips, and flooding can all lead to mold.
  • Condensation: Condensation provides enough moisture for mold to grow. Keep an eye on these areas and take action at the first sign of mold growth.
  • Musty Smell: Stale, musty air is common in homes, but it’s not normal. It usually means your home isn’t getting enough fresh air circulating, and could indicate mold in your air ducts.
  • Deterioration: Peeling wallpaper and cracking paint are telltale signs of mold. Be wary of any signs of deterioration in your home.
  • Health Symptoms: If you’ve noticed you’re sneezing more often, have headaches, can’t focus, or feel dizzy, mold might be the unlikely culprit. Mold can cause a variety of symptoms, and you can have your home tested for mold to see if it’s causing issues.

Steps to Remove Mold Growth

If you do find mold in your home, there are a few things you can do to mitigate its damage.

First, look for the source or contributors of the mold. For example, if you’ve had a leak in the basement and now there’s mold growing on the walls, can you pinpoint where the leak occurred? Mold remediation is only a temporary fix if you don’t first fix the source of the problem.

Second, get in touch with a mold remediation company that specializes in effective mold treatments. Professionals can determine what type of mold you have and determine an effective treatment option. They’ll isolate the affected area, clean or remove mold-infested materials if necessary, and test the area to ensure a thorough job.

Finally, your mold remediation service provider can provide other services, such as air duct cleaning, to remove problematic mold you may not know about. Mold can live in air ducts without your knowledge, and since it’s circulating in the air you breathe every day, this often-forgotten cleaning is essential in maintaining your home’s health (and your family’s health, too!).

Get in Touch with Peach Home Service!

Do you suspect you may have a mold problem in your home? Peach Home Service will come out to your home and provide a free quote for mold remediation services, and then test your home once we’re finished to make sure we’ve left no trace. Get in touch with Peach Home Service and put mold in its place!

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