Mold Remediation

Frederick MD

Mold Remediation

DON’T LET YOUR HOME AND HEALTH BE RUINED WITH MOLD

Mold is never a laughing matter. Many factors can promote the development of this potentially dangerous substance, too. Floods can sometimes cause mold.

When you’re looking for in-depth mold remediation service, you can count on Dry House Restoration. Our mold remediation work is tops. Our customer service is just as incredible, too.

Mold can grow in virtually any area of a home, and we commonly see problems in: bathrooms, basements, window frames, ventilation systems, cabinets and furniture, wet walls,, carpeting, drywall and sub-flooring, wallpaper or painted walls, etc.  

technician spraying to remove mold

When you’re looking for five-star professional mold remediation, Dry House Restoration is the full-service company to prioritize. Call our team as soon as possible to set up an appointment for our careful and detail-oriented remediation. We offer customer service that’s patient, thoughtful and accommodating.

FAQs

Common Questions About Mold Remediation

Mold remediation refers to professional services that help contain and remove mold from a property. The process will be tailored to your situation, but it typically includes:

  • Containing the mold spores by sealing off the affected area. This prevents further spread of the mold. The team may use a combination of negative pressure and physical sheeting to accomplish this, and will wear full protective equipment to avoid inhaling the spores themselves.
  • Killing and removing the mold using EPA-approved fungicides. They may allow the biocides to sit for a day so that they can fully penetrate porous surfaces and kill all of the mold spores that they encounter.
  • Treating the affected surfaces to prevent the mold from returning. This will involve an encapsulating agent to contain any spores that can't be removed.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the area. 

Finally, the team will work with you to repair or replace anything that has been damaged.

Mold is a blanket term referring to a fungus that grows in networks of multi-cellular strands called filaments. Many different fungi are considered mold, differing in appearance and growth patterns.

 

Mold travels in tiny particles called spores, which embed themselves in damp surfaces and grow inward. Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 hours before spreading into thick growths that are difficult to remove.

Some mold is dangerous. Certain fungi produce chemicals known as mycotoxins, some of which are harmful to human health. When mold grows unnoticed in your home, these toxins circulate through the air and can cause mild to severe health issues. Symptoms might include:
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing)
  • Itching or rashes
Even molds that don't create toxins can cause allergic reactions, including respiratory distress in those with pre-existing conditions. The specific effects depend on the type of mold, the extent of growth, and individual sensitivities, so it's important to consult an expert at the first sign of trouble.

Mold breaks porous materials down as it grows, owing to its role as a decomposer. In nature, mold is largely responsible for rotting fallen tree trunks.

 

Unfortunately, "porous materials" includes things like wood, upholstery, carpeting, insulation, and other common household materials that can absorb moisture. As such, mold can quickly cause serious and extensive property damage if it goes unchecked. In the worst cases, mold can even cause structural damage if it spreads to support beams.

Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive in damp environments. Mold is much harder to remove because its spores burrow themselves into the surface on which they land. Mildew, by contrast, spreads outward across surfaces, but it does not eat into them like mold does.

Mold can be difficult to identify on your own, especially since it can resemble mildew or grime. In general, mildew is white, gray, or brown, and it takes the form of flat, powdery dots. Mold, on the other hand, may be a variety of colors, and it often appears fuzzy or uneven in texture.  One of the challenging things about mold is that it tends to show up in damp, enclosed spaces, such as:
  • Crawl spaces
  • HVAC vents
  • Behind home appliances
  • Under sinks
  • Beneath carpets
  • Inside walls
In these cases, it can be hard to tell that you have mold until you begin to notice certain telltale signs. Some of these include:
  • New, unexplained allergic reactions such as itching or wheezing
  • A pervasive damp or musty smell
  • Noticeable humidity or condensation, which suggest that conditions are right for mold to grow
  • Warped or stained walls or ceilings, which can indicate water damage and hidden mold
In sum, there's a good chance you'll suspect mold before you actually see it. If you notice any of these signs, contact a mold remediation service right away for a home inspection and guidance.

It depends. In many cases, the team will be able to isolate the affected area such that you do not feel any harmful effects from staying home. However, in the following circumstances, your mold remediation company might suggest that you leave temporarily while your house is treated:

  • If you or someone in your family is sensitive to mold
  • If the mold growth is very extensive and affects multiple rooms
  • If there are concerns about toxins
  • If there is more pervasive water damage to be addressed
  • If there are concerns about structural damage

The good news is that mold treatment rarely takes more than a few days, so even if you do decide to leave temporarily, you won't be gone for long.

Depending on the extent of the growth, mold remediation can take as little as a day or, rarely, a week or longer. A mold remediation job is unlikely to take more than a few days unless there is extensive damage and structures need to be completely rebuilt.

You should not attempt to remove mold on your own. Although it may be tempting to simply wipe off the visible growth, mold spores travel through the air and embed themselves in porous materials.

 

These movement patterns mean that an improper attempt to wipe away mold often ends up spreading it as the spores separate from the surface and migrate through the home. Even if the spores do not spread, it's very difficult to remove embedded spores without the help of industrial chemicals and professional experience. To prevent further damage, it's best to leave mold problems to a professional.

It's impossible to prevent mold from entering your house entirely. Mold spores are tiny enough that they will inevitably float into your home no matter how careful you are. You can prevent these spores from growing by controlling moisture. In particular:
  • Routinely check damp areas for signs of mold and act quickly to address any that you find
  • Address leaks immediately
  • Use dehumidifiers in basements and bathrooms to keep humidity at <60% 
  • Maintain airflow through your house, including natural ventilation through windows, if possible
  • Avoid blocking vents, and regularly inspect appliances for condensation
  • Keep surfaces generally clean, especially in areas that are prone to mold
Anything you can do to contain moisture will help keep your home mold- and mildew-free.

Benefits

Why Hire a Frederick MD
mold remediation Company

Receive a Proper Mold Assessment

Our technicians have the qualifications necessary to provide customers with first-rate mold remediation work. They know how to identify troubling mold problems, discover the source, and find the problem areas you don’t see. 

protect your health

Mold can do damage to your home inside and out. The greater risk, however, is the risk to your own health. It can be a massive hazard to susceptible people. It can even lead to fatal consequences. If you want to safeguard your home from breathing difficulties and even possible death, prompt mold remediation is your only option.

Save your time, effort, and money

The longer homeowners wait to handle a problem, the costlier  is going to get when it finally does get fixed. Instead of doing the job on your own and risking more mold growth or accidentally damaging the area involved, hiring a professional will cost you less and save your time.

Mold concerns are not a joke. Contact Dry House for a certified mold expert to come out to your home and check it out and give you a peace of mind.
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