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Are You Worried About the Dangers of Mold?

Have mold remediatedCertainly mold growth in your home is very undesirable, but there really isn’t any reason to be afraid of it, unless you don’t have it properly taken care of.

Mold is sneaky, it can start growing in places you can’t see and remain undetected for a long time. The important thing is that when it is discovered that the situation is taken care of quickly, correctly and permanently.

The process of removing mold is called:

Mold Remediation

The term remediation simply means: to remedy, or remove something bad or defective, correcting a fault. In this case, the something “bad” is mold.

Using the right procedures and products, mold can be removed from your home or office and you can once again breathe easier knowing there is no further danger.

Mold removal is a process

If you think you may have mold in your home…

  • Inspect for moldThe 1st step is to have certified inspectors thoroughly inspect your home.
    • They will look in places you might never consider looking.
    • They will give you a report of their findings and a detailed proposal for remediation.
  • Next, the area in question must be contained.
    • Rooms must be isolated.
    • Areas like vents, ventilation ducts, cold air returns and other openings must be sealed off.
  • Then the mold is treated, preferably with EPA-registered products, which are designed to fight contamination.
  • If there are items or materials that cannot be remediated, they must be removed and discarded.
    • Such things as drywall, carpet, upholstery, cabinetry or padding
  • An extremely important part of remediation is the clean up. It’s essential that all debris and hard to notice particles are properly cleaned up and removed in order to properly complete the process.
    • HEPA vacuuming is a must.
  • Next, an EPA-registered anti-microbial product should be applied to prevent regrowth.
  • Finally, another complete inspection should be held to make sure that all mold has been removed and all areas have been treated with the anti-microbial.

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider with IICRC certified inspectors.

This is the proven process that we follow, a process that will provide you with peace of mind so you can breathe easier.

If you think you have a mold problem, don’t panic, but don’t wait either.


Mold Prevention Guide for Seattle Residents

Wouldn’t You Rather Prevent Mold Than Deal With It?

Prevent mold before it starts to grow - Mold Solutions NWBenjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This is a concept used in countless aspects of our lives, prevent it rather than deal with it.

Nothing could be more true than when you’re talking about mold and mildew. Although they are a part of nature, they’re a part of nature that we don’t want in our homes.

Considered a fungus, mold and mildew are insidious, and once they begin they can not only be toxic, but hard to remove as well.

How are they harmful?

As the mold grows, it produces microscopic spores that travel through the air. The harm comes when they are inhaled, which gives them the opportunity to grow and thrive inside our bodies, especially in the lungs, which can cause respiratory problems.

How can mold be prevented?

In order to prevent excess growth in our homes, we need to understand what mold needs to grow and flourish.

Like most other living organisms, mold needs:

  • Oxygen
  • Food – Organic matter is what mold uses for its food source.
    • Plants
    • Food
    • Fabrics and carpets
    • Wood
    • Paper
    • Wallboard
  • Proper temperature – Mold grows best at between 40°- 100° Fahrenheit.
  • Moisture High humidity or excess water and moisture.

Control mold and mildew growth:

Keep in mind that when materials get wet and stay wet, they begin getting moldy. Once it has begun, mold can grow very quickly and very quietly, before you are even aware of it.

So it seems the key to preventing mold growth is to either prevent or repair water problems.

Water problems can be caused by:

  • Unrepaired leaks in the plumbing or from a damaged roof.
  • Landscaping that is too close, thus holding moisture too close to the outside of the home.Prevent mold by not watering your house - Mold Solutions NW
  • Watering your home when you should just be watering the lawn.
  • Excessive humidity caused by:
    • Condensation on the windows
    • Shower fans that aren’t used
    • Firewood stored inside the home
    • Too many houseplants
    • Excessive usage of humidifiers
    • Not using the exhaust fan over the stove
    • “Line” drying your clothes inside
    • Excessive cooling from the air conditioner

If there is water in your home that is not supposed to be there, remedy the situation to prevent further or future mold growth.

If you think you have a mold problem…