What is Mold Remediation?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Some homes have problems with mold. There are lots of different kinds of mold, and most grow in damp areas of a home, usually away from light, heat and ventilation. Mold spreads by airborne spores, so it can show up anywhere growing conditions are right for it. Most of us can't tell one mold from another, and some are harmless. The problems come in when some people have an allergic reaction to the spores in the air. So if you or your home inspector sees something that looks like mold, it's best to have it removed, and not take any chances.

Mold remediation is the process of removing the mold. It can be washed off of hard surfaces, like concrete or aluminum siding. The moldy materials can be removed and destroyed, like moldy ceiling tile. It the case of mold in the attic, the surfaces can be blasted with carbon dioxide (dry ice), while the loose mold is vaccuumed up. Most of these processes are best left to professionals, because breathing the loose, dusty material may be hazardous to your health.

Equally important, you need to change the conditions that were good for growing mold, or it will come right back. Basements may need dehumidifiers, bathrooms may need better vent fans, attics may need better airflow or less humidity entering the attic space. It might be wise to seek professional help when figuring out what to change. You'll want to eliminate the chance that the mold will reoccur, while not wasting a lot of energy with the repairs.

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Josh Robbins
AirMD - Orlando, FL

When you have a problem with mold, it's best to use a third party to provide the mold test / mold inspection.

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Feb 28, 2011 04:16 AM #1
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

The big problem here in the pacific nw was during the 70s and 80s they didn't put enough ventilation in a lot of attic spaces and then when people put stuff in the attic it leaves absolutely no air flow with the cold damp winters here it makes it a perfect breading ground for mold.

Mar 06, 2011 04:23 PM #2
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI FRED!  Wow - I had no idea dry ice could tackle mold!  Even though we are dry here in AZ -mold can be an issue!

Mar 18, 2011 07:22 AM #3
Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Hi Fred,

You make a great point about removing the source/cause of the mold. I worked for awhile with a company that managed REOs nationwide and the number one problem was mold. The number two problem was mold coming back after cleanup because the source/cause was not corrected.


May 01, 2011 07:10 PM #4
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