When you discover mold in your home, a natural reaction is to want to get rid of it due to its negative effects on your health. However, when people think of mold abatement, they often believe remediation and removal are one and the same. Not only are the two different, but their application depends on the unique mold scenario. In this blog, we will explain the differences between mold remediation vs. mold removal, and when it’s best to use them.
What is Mold Remediation?
As harrowing as it is to hear, there will always be some level of mold on your property, though these levels are typically not threatening. Mold remediation’s aim is not to completely remove the mold but to return it to its natural level. To achieve this goal, the remediation process involves:
- Sampling Air Quality: This will identify the type of mold spores – or bioaerosols – and determine if they are reproductive, indicating the presence of a living and growing mold.
- Locating the Root of the Problem: Once the type of mold is discovered, the abatement team will locate the areas of the property containing excessive mold growth.
- Spraying Solution: The mold is sprayed with an EPA-certified biocide, killing the mold and ceasing reproductive spores.
- Encapsulation: The abatement team will cover the area with paint or whitewash to encapsulate and prevent the spread of any remaining mold spores.
This technique is effective enough to even eliminate toxic black mold and less extensive and expensive than removal. For further tips on mold remediation, read our blog, Remediation Tips: Dealing with Mold Due to Flooding.
What is Mold Removal?
If there is significant mold buildup on your property, mold removal may be your only option. If the materials where there is growth have extensive water damage, mold remediation will not permanently get rid of the mold as a source of moisture will always be present. In this case, mold removal would be required, which entails removing the compromised material – such as drywall or flooring – from the home entirely and drying and the surrounding area.
When it comes to mold remediation vs. mold removal, their goals are similar: get rid of hazardous growths. However, which method to use depends on the severity of the problem. At Fiber Control, Inc., not only can we rid your property of mold and teach you how to prevent the return of mold, but we can also handle other hazardous materials through our expert asbestos abatement and lead removal services. If you are interested in scheduling a hazardous material inspection or are aware of the presence of mold, asbestos, or lead on your property, contact us today.