Mold Removal by Surface Type
Tri State Restorations occasionally receives calls from residents asking whether their mold situation requires professional mold removal or can be tackled with a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach. Without seeing the mold and knowing the history behind its location, the question can be difficult to answer. We’ve compiled this quick mold removal guide to help concerned home and building owners determine when a professional for mold removal is needed.
When mold is encountered, the first instinct is usually to use bleach. For small hard surfaces, such as tile or finished metal, this instinct is usually correct, though proper cleaning techniques must be used to remove the mold particles, instead of attempting to eradicate them through spraying alone. On the other hand, mold on a soft surface can indicate a deep problem, one that bleach alone will not remedy. Mold growing on the following surfaces always requires professional attention:
- Wood framing
Mold Removal by Location
Most homeowners have had to remove mold from a shower surface. The way modern bathrooms are constructed there is little chance that mold on a hard shower surface has spread. But what if the mold is growing on the wall? A few quick facts:
- By the time mold is visible on soft surfaces, the mold has probably also colonized where it can’t be seen
- Bleach is not effective against established mold colonies
- DIY attempts to clean these areas can spread the mold through the rest of the home
Professional mold removal services are an absolute necessity in these situations. Certified experts can set up negative pressure areas to contain mold during clean up and prevent cross-contamination of other building areas.
Mold Removal By Cause
Mold will form visible colonies when conditions are right for spores to start reproducing. Most situations involving mold that needs professional removal occur because of a water leak or inadequate clean up from water damage in the past, especially in carpeted areas. In addition, most visible mold is confined to areas with minimal airflow and high humidity. However, if any of the following events precede visible mold, professional mold removal is required:
- Leaking or broken pipes
- Wet room/wet basement due to other water entry
These conditions encourage mold to colonize at incredible rates, meaning that by the time the problem is noticed the structure of the home behind the walls, floors, and ceiling could be contaminated by mold.
If you think you might have a mold problem, Tri State Restorations’ courteous and trained professionals are always happy to answer your questions at 1-866-818-1949.