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In today’s world, everybody involved in the construction industry is aware of the problems mold presents. Building owners know mold is something to be aware of, but don’t always know exactly why it’s a problem.
There are plenty of myths and urban legends concerning mold and there are even more tall tales about the problems it causes. There are also legitimate concerns about how mold can affect the value of your home or commercial property and disrupt your good health.
Myth #1: Mold Goes Away On Its Own Over Time.
A common myth concerning mold is it will go away after the water in which it grew is dispersed. To some extent this may actually be true, because mold can’t survive without water -- but actually, there is always water present. Once an excess of water is available and the mold grows out of control, there will always be enough water to keep the mold alive and actively disrupting your health and well-being.
Myth #2: Mold Doesn’t Exist Before a Flood.
Mold spores come from organic material and are present everywhere. It isn’t a cause for concern until water is added to the equation and provides the environment that spores need to grow into toxic mold. This explains why it is important to maintain your home or business property according to the design plans from which it was originally built, to keep water out and or address any water intrusion before accumulation can lead to excessive mold growth. Once mold has grown, it doesn’t go away.
Myth #3: Mold Damage is Easy to Repair.
Mold on a wall or other surface can appear to be cleaned with proper cleaning products, such as bleach. But bleach is not appropriate simply because bleach requires additional water. In fact, bleach does kill mold, but then it evaporates before the water does, allowing the moist surface to simply grow a new layer of mold.Even if the surface is properly cleaned, you have to consider what is happening inside the wall. Insulation, structural framing, electrical wires, and the interior of the drywall are going to continue to serve as a place for the mold to grow. Once mold has formed and developed, the only real way to repair it is to remove the problem and rebuild the area of the home which supported mold growth.
Getting Rid of Mold
Mold inspection services are required to guarantee the value of your investment along with the health of you and your family, tenants or employees. It’s a minor expense in the overall scheme of what it costs to own a home or commercial property, and the value increases exponentially as you consider what your health is worth.
An area such as Washington D.C. is especially susceptible to mold damage because of the moderate weather along with the summer temperatures and humidity. That's why hiring experts who provide mold inspection services, such as Marathon Services, regularly inspect your property and provide any needed cleanup is a good investment.
If you suspect you may have a mold problem or it's simply been awhile since your last inspection, call us today for more information about what we can do for you.