Get Rid of Mold (Structural)

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Get Rid of Mold (Structural)

There are several thousand varieties of mold in the environment, researchers’ estimate that will live with over 300,000 types of mold. Toxic black mold is one of the most feared of all and can be extremely toxic to humans and pets causing a wide range of flu like symptoms ranging from a runny nose to bleeding lungs. Death can occur in cases where people with depressed immune symptoms are exposed to toxic molds.

Mold spores travel through the air looking for a nutrient rich environment containing water and cellulose. Other than oxygen, water and cellulose are the only ingredients required for the growth of mold.

Small area of mold can be treated and contained with a diluted solution of chlorine bleach or any common mold product found at local hardware stores should work fine. Larger areas require the expertise of a mold remediation specialist.

Older homes are especially prone to structural mold for many reasons. Older homes typically have areas such as dark musty damp attics and closets that have been closed off for many years allowing mold and mildew to grow and spread through the house. Walls are areas that are especially susceptible where mold can easily get a foot hold and spread through the house affecting the safety and the structural integrity of the home.

Structural mold if left untreated can grow out of control damaging and weakening the structural integrity of the building. Floor joists and structural beams may require replacement.

In the event mold is allowed to grow the point where structural damage has occurred, you will be required to call in a professional mold remediation company along with a structural engineer and an air quality expert team. A mold remediation protocol will be put into place and a plan of attract will be put into effect. In some cases where the damage is extremely extensive, remediation of the property to bring it back to code may be cost prohibited and the demolition of the building may be ordered by the city or municipality.

Prevention is the best course of action for a mold problem. Ensure the home is well ventilated and in the damp seasons a dehumidifier should be used. This is an in expensive way to remove dampness and moisture from a building. Remember, safety first. Mold can be toxic and extremely dangerous especially to people with compromised immune systems.

By: Bradley Skierkowski