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What is Mold Removal?

Mold spores are everywhere, in the soil, in the air, and on the surfaces in your home. Most of us remain blissfully unaware of its existence until previously dormant spores make contact with a moist environment and a source of nutrients. Indoors, mold infestations can thrive behind drywall, beneath your carpeting, above your ceiling tiles, and in the ventilation systems that circulate the air you breathe.

When mold growth is discovered, people are often tempted to solve the problem on their own, placing their trust in home remedies or one of the many products lining the shelves of their local retailer. It's important to understand that products marketed to consumers are unlikely to be effective enough to provide a long-term solution. Mold removal projects are best left to a mold removal company.

The Many Terms Used to Identify the Processes of Mold Removal

Those investigating their mold removal options have likely discovered that mold removal, mold mitigation, and mold remediation are often used interchangeably to identify the processes of ridding surfaces of mold, but there is one important distinction to consider. True mold removal clears surfaces of mold and involves measures to prevent its return.

Without professional removal, self-help measures can make an unfortunate situation worse. Mold colonies release spores and potential toxins into the environment. Untrained handling of contaminated surfaces can release mold spores into the atmosphere. Once airborne, mold spores contaminate surfaces, make their way into your ventilation systems, and are circulated throughout the building where they remain dormant until making contact with a source of food and moisture.

The Services Provided by a Mold Removal Specialist

The goal of mold removal is to clear an area of mold by cleaning surfaces, or if necessary, removing contaminated materials, while ensuring mold spores do not stray from the work area. While removal plans vary depending on severity, knowing the basic steps involved in the removal process could help you appreciate the complexity of safe, effective, mold removal. Consider the benefits of the following functions:

Inspecting and Assessing Mold Damage

A mold removal specialist has the resources to detect hidden mold and identify the situations that facilitate mold growth. Your mold removal specialist may suggest checking in other areas of your home or business to identify potential areas of contamination. Detecting mold growth is essential to minimizing the impact of infestation. Pretesting the affected area will identify the type of mold, and potential toxicity.

Identifying the Potential Moisture Sources

Mold cannot thrive without moisture. When mold is detected, it's important to correct the moisture problem to keep the mold from recurring. This might include repairing leaking pipes, identifying and repairing gaps or broken seals around windows, or placing dehumidifiers in areas of high humidity.

Keeping Mold from Spreading During Removal

When mold is disturbed, it can release spores into the air. A mold removal specialist uses one or more of several advanced containment methods to keep spores from migrating during the clean-up process.

Filtering Air During Mold Removal

Strong HEPA filtration removes contaminants from the air in the work area. Mold spores are trapped within the filters and removed from the environment. Cleaning mold from the air improves the air quality in your environment while keeping spores from migrating to other areas.

Safely Removing Contaminated Materials

A removal specialist uses powerful antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eliminate mold colonies and prevent new mold growth. The extent of damage or level of contamination will determine if infected areas can be salvaged or if contaminated surfaces will need to be replaced. When porous materials need to be replaced, your removal specialists will safely remove and dispose of infected debris.

Sanitizing Affected Areas

Specialists often suggest thoroughly disinfecting areas where mold is discovered. Mold removal specialists have a variety of techniques at their disposal to clear mold spores from your belongings and sanitize surfaces potentially exposed. Many removal companies also provide treatments that keep mold growth from returning.

Verifying Treatment Success

Once the removal process is complete; your mold removal specialist may want to assess the mold levels in your home a second time to verify the mold was removed successfully. Mold grows within 24 to 48 hours of encountering a hospitable environment. Tests to confirm the effectiveness of mold removal should be performed within 72 hours of project completion or as recommended by your removal professional.

The Risks Associated with DIY Mold Removal

Just as you would hire the services of a skilled electrician for your wiring, a contractor for a room addition, or a plumber to repair a leaking pipe, mold removal is best left to a mold removal specialist.  A do-it-yourself approach can cause more harm than good. Consider the following hazards of trying to eliminate mold on your own:

Some people are not particularly sensitive to the presence of mold, but mold exposure can cause significant health complications for those who are allergic to mold or vulnerable to the potential health risks associated with mold exposure. People at the highest risk of health complications include those with compromised immune systems, the very young, and the elderly. Professional mold removal protects those who are the most vulnerable.

Removing Potentially Toxic Mold without the Use of Toxic Chemicals

Many of the biocides available to the general public to kill mold contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to people and toxic for pets. These home-use products may kill surface mold, but often leave the roots unharmed, setting the stage for continued mold growth.

You may be pleased to learn that mold can be effectively eliminated without the use of potentially volatile chemicals. ATP Environmental Specialists kill the mold in your home or business with a safe, natural product called TM-100, a product with a 15-year history of proven results. TM-100 is the first product of it's kind to receive the Mold-Help Seal of Approval for its ability to kill mold and prevent regrowth. Just a few of the many benefits of this organic mold removal product include:

For effective mold removal in your home or business in south Florida, contact ATP Environmental Solutions Specialists. Our organic mold removal solution safely removes potentially toxic mold from your environment and prevents regrowth with our exclusive environmentally responsible, pet-friendly formula. At ATP Environmental Solutions Specialists we minimize the stress resulting from mold contamination by working quickly, effectively, safely, and working with your insurance company on your behalf.