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Mold Frequently Asked Questions

What makes mold grow in my home?

Mold spores are naturally present in all homes but certain factors cause mold to grow and become dangerous. Moisture from leaky plumbing, a flood, rain, or other source causes mold spores to grow, particularly in humid or dark environments.

What is mold?

Mold is a microorganism that grows all over the world. It is unknown exactly how many mold species there are, but it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of species exist. Though mold is a natural part of the environment, certain species may be toxic and because it feeds on organic matter, it tends to cause destructive damage when untreated in homes or businesses.

Why get a mold inspection when I can just get a mold test kit?

When you use a mold test kit, there is no inspection and that is a big problem because without a thorough inspection you may not test in the right places or may miss something microscopic. A professional knows what to look for, where to look, and how to be thorough with the inspection so that even the tiniest of mold spores can be found and eliminated.

When is mold a problem for my family?

Mold spores do not become a problem until they are introduced to moisture. Once this occurs, mold grows very quickly and can be hard to find and eliminate. If mold is detected, it must be professionally treated quickly or it will be a problem for your family.

How Long Is the Mold Removal Process?

The length of time it takes to remediate mold depends on the size of the mold infestation as well as other factors. Generally, the removal process takes between 1-7 days.

Can you paint over mold?

Though you can paint over mold, it will always reappear and damage will continue to progress beneath the paint.

Does bleach kill mold?

Bleach only kills mold on non-porous surfaces but not on porous surfaces (wood, drywall, etc.) which are where mold is typically found in homes and businesses. Bleach changes the surface color of mold so that it appears gone but does not kill mold once it has grown into porous surfaces so it will return eventually.

Should I call my insurance before a remediation company comes out?

It is best to have a professional mold remediation company inspect mold damage and determine what steps will be necessary for remediation before you file an insurance claim. Every insurance policy is different and your provider will need information regarding the pervasiveness of your mold infestation as well as what remediation is needed before it will determine if it will cover the costs of remediation. We can handle or assist you in filing your insurance claim to make the process easier.

How do I know if my insurance company covers remediation?

Many insurance companies cover mold remediation – however – the specific circumstances around your mold infestation and remediation needs will determine whether or not your claim will be covered.

Does mold come back after remediation?

Mold should not come back after remediation as long as the source of moisture has been eliminated. However, if it has not, or a new source of moisture develops (for example – a new plumbing leak), mold could return.

Can I sleep in a room after mold remediation?

Once mold remediation is complete, it is safe to be in or sleep in any room in your home.

Can I stay in my home during mold remediation?

You may be able to stay in your home during mold remediation, depending on the size of the mold infestation and the quality of containment. Mold spores can spread easily by being tracked on feet or through your air conditioning. If mold is found fast and contained, you may be able to stay in your home during remediation. However, it is often advisable that you leave your home until mold remediation is complete.

How can I tell if the mold is 100% gone after remediation?

After mold remediation is completed, we complete a thorough inspection to ensure that mold has been eliminated.

How do I know if the mold I have is bad?

We would need to send a sample to independent lab to determine the exact growth that is occurring to determine if it is harmful or not but in most cases we can simply remove the growth and discard without incurring additional charges.

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