If you notice mold in your household, getting rid of it is your number one priority. However, it can be difficult knowing what to do and where to begin. Many different mold removal companies offer many different services, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for so you can find the right help for your home. To assist you in your search, here is our guide to the difference between mold removal and remediation.
What is Mold?
The key to tackling any problem is to understand it. Molds are fungi which may grow on environmental surfaces, in porous materials, on/or within living organisms and in decaying organic matter. Mold is a particular type of fungus. Fungi are a distinct and unique group of organisms that are classified into an individual kingdom, like plant kingdom or animal kingdom.
While it’s easy enough to recognize mold when you see it in your home, there are still many misconceptions and misunderstandings about it. Mold spores are microscopic, and they grow naturally in every environment. If you are seeing mold growth, it is already past the point you would want it to be. Mold Spores are microscopic. You can fit 10 of them on the tip of a hair. If you can see these visually, you are usually looking at thousands of mold spores that have gotten together and are having a feast.
Are there Good Molds and Toxic Molds?
There are three categories of mold: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic. Each of these categories causes their own health concerns, and their presence can pose a threat to you and your home or building. Allergenic molds can cause hay fever type reactions, itchy eyes, runny noses, congestion. And this can come from even the most common molds, like Cladosporium, that have gotten into the air of your home. Pathogenic molds, like Aspergillus, have been linked to more serious health issues, impacting the nervous system. Studies have found a link to Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Toxic molds can destroy the immune system of even a healthy person if exposed for long periods of time. Are any of these molds (allergenic, pathogenic, or toxic) sound like something you would want colonizing in your home?
A quick search into the impact of toxic black mold will give one plenty of examples of the fatal impact that mold can have on people. But let us put it to you this way, the same mycotoxin released from Stachybotrys has been used in chemical warfare. Ever since the Vietnam War back in the 50’s and 60’s, the government started developing and growing black mold as a bioweapon which was called “yellow rain”. It was made from Trichothecene mycotoxin (T-2 mycotoxin), which is emitted by black mold. The difference between the stuff that might be in your home compared to the weapon is that the mycotoxin is a lot more concentrated. Later in the 1990’s, it was reported that Iraq used this against American soldiers in the Persian Gulf War. It was proven that Iraq had researched T-2 mycotoxin during this time, as well as other substances, to use in biological warfare.
Because these microscopic mold spores are always in your home, it is next to impossible to completely remove all mold. But you can get it to a point of “normal fungal ecology” or in other words, safe levels. A professional mold inspector, using a certified laboratory can give you the data you need as to whether you are in a safe zone. So, the purpose of mold remediation is not to completely remove the mold in your home, but to get it back to a healthy level for you and your family. Fortunately, it is possible to get mold levels down to a harmless state that is safe for your health.
The Difference Between Mold Removal and Remediation
Per industry standards the difference between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation is this: “Remediation is the act of the removing damaged construction materials when said materials are irretrievable or non-salvageable. Such remediation should be done with precaution due to health concerns for the occupants and the contractor who is doing the work.”
Mold Removal is the act of removing the mold from the home or building. In some cases, mold is only on the surface of non-porous or semi-porous material. You can remove mold using a combination of cleaning techniques, but always keeping in mind that mold will release spores when agitated. Professional Mold Remediation Companies like Mold Zero, will use a combination of containment, fogging, HEPA vacuuming, wiping down, and air scrubbing to remove surface mold and air borne mold spores. With porous material, disposing of the contaminated material is usually the best choice.
Sanitization is the reduction of the microbial population on an inanimate object to levels judged safe by public health standards; usually the object is cleaned with an antimicrobial.
Mold Zero specializes is a non-toxic sanitization process, using a cold sterilant to sanitize the entire home. This proprietary method, used in combination with traditional mold remediation technologies has made Mold Zero the first choice for families and Functional Medicine doctors that are looking for a way to thoroughly, yet safely, address mold problems.
Deciding which approach to use normally comes down to the square footage of the impacted area, the type of material impacted and what type of mold is currently present. For example, toxic black mold would never be something you would just wipe down. You must find the water source connected to the problem so removal of the contaminated material is necessary and addressing the water intrusion source is a must.
Mold Remediation Services
Mold often grows due to water damage or high humidity in your home. If you’re going to hire a removal service, it’s important to fix any leaks, flooding, or other moisture issues ahead of time so the problem doesn’t return. A successful mold remediation process will tackle mold spores in every corner of your home—including airborne spores. By doing this, they can prevent health problems, such as allergies or asthma, that accompany harmful mold levels. If you’re looking for mold remediation in Clearwater, Florida, Mold Zero can remedy the problem affordably and safely for you and your family.