FAQs About Mold Remediation

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold spores grow outdoors and enter homes through windows, doors, and HVAC systems. Most of the time, mold spores harmlessly collect on various surfaces and are swept, vacuumed, or wiped away. If the indoor surfaces are moist, however, mold spores can take hold. Mold can thrive on virtually any kind of cellulose material, including wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, carpet, and furniture. Once mold starts to grow, it releases more spores and continues to spread. To prevent mold from growing in your indoor spaces, it's important to prevent water leaks, promote air circulation, and maintain moderate indoor humidity.

Where does mold grow?

Mold grows and reproduces through spores in warm, damp and humid conditions. It is most commonly found in and around most areas such as windows and pipes, and can develop as a result of roof leaks or other types of water intrusions.

Mold thrives on common household building materials when exposed to moisture. These products include:

  • Paper Products
  • Cardboard
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Wood Products
  • Dust
  • Fabric
  • Wallpaper
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Carpet
  • Paints
  • Upholstery

What Are the Effects of Mold?

If left unaddressed, mold can make your indoor spaces very uncomfortable. Prolonged exposure to mold can even lead to considerable health effects.

  • Allergic Reactions: Many people are born with mold allergies or develop them over time. Those with mold allergies might experience coughing, skin rashes, or watery eyes.
  • Respiratory Ailments: Mold can also affect people who aren't allergic to it. For example, people with compromised immune systems might suffer lung infections after prolonged exposure to mold.
  • Property Damage: Once mold starts growing on your indoor surfaces, it won't let go. Mold will even reappear if you apply a coat of paint over it. Special remediation techniques are essential for controlling the damage caused by mold.

How Is Mold Removed?

If you're not sure what you're doing, attempting to remove mold yourself can be harmful and ineffective. The mold remediation experts at Environmental Remedies, Inc. have years of experience removing mold from Bay Area homes and businesses. After we evaluate the extent of your mold problem, we'll isolate the affected area and get to work. After brushing, scraping, and sanding the mold off of your surfaces, we'll make sure the area is completely clean.

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