Many homeowners find themselves dealing with unwanted mold growth due to excessive moisture, wet wood, water intrusion, and other circumstances that create the perfect ‘petri dish’ for mold spores to start growing and reproducing. Whether or not the mold is toxic, its presence has the potential to aggravate allergies and cause respiratory problems. Professional mold remediation procedures and a professional mold remediation contractor is always recommended when there’s significant mold growth in a home.
During mold remediation, part of our job is to address the underlying problems that cause mold to grow in the first place:
- Examining the HVAC system for mold contamination, as airflow causes it to spread;
- Fixing plumbing leaks or water backflow that’s creating moisture;
- Repairing leaks that bring in rainwater from outside;
- Replacing wet and rotting wood;
- Sterilizing the area thoroughly to kill both the mold and its spores.
After we’ve removed the offending mold, homeowners often ask us whether their home is actually safe. They also tend to want to know……
”Can mold come back after remediation?”
- The short answer:
- The ‘not so short’ answer:
- After receiving professional mold remediation services from a certified contractor, along with repairs for the underlying causes of the infestation, mold problems are typically resolved. However, it is still possible, for mold to return later on……
The usual suspect?
- An unresolved, underlying moisture problem!
Why Mold Comes Back?
In short, mold is a fungus! Like the vast majority of extant fungi, the organisms that we call “mold” create energy to live by breaking down moist, rotting organic matter. In nature, this fills a crucial ecological niche. Without fungi and other decomposers, dead leaves and other detritus would simply pile up. Out in the forest, it’s a good thing when mold breaks down wet, rotting wood. In homes and buildings however, it’s a very, very bad thing!
Mold reproduces via microscopic spores, which are almost always present in the air. Even if your indoor air quality is fantastic, there are still trace amounts of mold spores. It’s practically unavoidable. In small concentrations, fungal spores don’t generally cause any detrimental health effects. The latter tends to occur when large amounts of mold are growing nearby, releasing large quantities of spores into the air.
If there’s moisture, especially wet and rotting wood, carpeting, or drywall, it creates the right environment for molds to begin to grow. Moisture is almost always at the root of mold infestations. If an underlying moisture problem isn’t resolved during the mold remediation process, the mold problem could very likely recur in the near future.
How to Keep Mold from Coming Back
Fortunately for homeowners who’ve recently undergone mold remediation, there are preventive measures that you can take to help keep mold from growing back. Here are some proactive steps that you can take to keep mold away for good:
- Identify areas where there’s a moisture problem, and correct it. Basements and other areas prone to moist air can benefit immensely from the presence of a dehumidifier. For low-lying areas, sump pumps provide an additional line of protection by removing excess water automatically. Take note of any moisture you notice in your home. This can include dark spots on ceilings that indicate a leaky roof, or musty smells inside a closet. Fixing water leaks and replacing decaying wood can go a long way toward keeping your home free of unwanted fungi.
- Dry wet areas as soon as possible. If water gets into your home, remove it as soon as possible. For example, if you have water in your basement from a burst plumbing pipe or a heavy rainstorm, dry out the area immediately, before there’s time for mold to take root. Even seemingly mundane things, like leaving wet clothes in the washer for a few days, can be an invitation for mold.
- Keep out moisture with proper ventilation. Appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should vent outside. You should check your AC unit periodically to make sure it’s not generating moisture. If it’s leaking, dripping, or the coils are covered in condensate, you probably need to call an HVAC repair service.
- Use mold-resistant building materials whenever possible. This may not be possible in already existing homes, but if you’re remodeling, building an addition, or building a custom home, it’s a good way to stay one step ahead of mold. There are newer varieties of drywall and Sheetrock that are paperless– instead of gypsum covered with paper, they use fiberglass instead. This creates a highly water-resistant surface, and mold cannot break down and metabolize it. This is especially useful in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other areas where moisture is pretty much a given.
- Keep your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. If your home is humid, and you notice a lot of water condensing near windows and pipes, consider using dehumidifiers.
Mold Remediation Done With the Right Mold Remediation Contractor is Mold Remediation Done Right!
Mold infestations can recur after initial remediation and removal efforts, because it wasn’t executed properly to begin with! Sometimes, in an effort to save money, some homeowners either do it themselves, or hire contractors who don’t do the best job. This can result in unresolved underlying problems, thereby allowing mold infestations to recur.
At Triangle Legacy, we ‘do’ mold remediation right the first time! We believe that communication is key, so we offer a free complimentary consultation and estimate on all potential services provided.
For all your mold remediation and removal needs in the Washington DC Metropolitan and Northern Virginia areas, contact the pro. mold remediation contractors at (301) 523-9419.