Mold FAQs

How can I get rid of mold?
Mold has to be mechanically removed. Textiles have to be disposed of, and sheetrock needs to be removed. Wood and other hard surfaces can be cleaned.
What kind of mold do I have?
There is a long list of species of mold. You can pay to have a laboratory speciate your mold, or you can allocate these same dollars to having the mold removed.
Could the mold I have be causing health problems?
Yes. We all have different sensitivity levels to different species of mold. One person might not have any adverse symptoms from exposure, and another person might immediately have a compromised respiratory response.
How long does it take for mold to grow?
Under the right conditions, mold can grow in 72 hours.
How can I test to see if I have mold?
Air samples and tape samples can be done by a hygienist to identify the presence and severity of the mold.
Can I just spray bleach to get rid of mold?
No. Mold cannot be killed. It must be mechanically removed. Spraying bleach on mold changes the color, but does not get rid of the spores or the micro toxins that cause health issues.
If I have mold on fabrics and textiles, can they be cleaned?
No. Carpets, upholstery fabric, and other textiles must disposed of.
I have mold in my crawl space. Is this a problem?
It can be, depending on the type of mold and the severity of the problem.
What’s the best way to prevent mold from growing?
Keep the structure free of moisture. If possible, keep a flow of air moving. If you have water damage, addressing the problem immediately will prevent mold growth.
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