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Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Mold Remediation and Growth

We have all probably heard about mold in the news, from family members or social media. You may not realize you have questions until you start to read about mold removal and remediation in Sacramento buildings. Once mold starts to grow, it will continue to grow until it’s interrupted and can spread quickly in buildings with multiple occupants through walls, ducting and air vents, piping and constantly opening doors.

Perhaps you have some frequently asked questions about commercial mold or mold remediation? Check out the information below!

How do I know if I have mold in my building?

Mold is typically visible and has a very distinct, musty smell. It can also cause upper respiratory issues if people are exposed for an extensive amount of time. Often, water damage is accompanied by mold if not dried right away.  A thorough inspection is recommended if you suspect mold in your building.

Can mold exposure cause health problems?Long term exposure to mold can cause allergy-like symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, difficulty breathing, headaches and general fatigue. Repeated exposure can increase sensitivity, causing more severe allergic reactions. Those who are already immunocompromised with conditions and illnesses such as asthma, COPD, cancer, or a recent organ transplant.

What does mold look like?Mold can be any color. The most common shades include white, green, gray or black. It can be slimy, fuzzy, fluffy, or spotted.

How does mold grow indoors?

All mold needs for growth is food and water, just like any other organism. A food source inside a building includes any wood materials and drywall. Mold prefers to grow in dark, damp areas.

How can I prevent mold growth in my building?

Maintain a low humidity, use bathroom fans, and deal with any water damage (including moisture inside of windows and sills) immediately by ensuring it’s properly dried. Fix any leaks in your building’s roof, plumbing and walls to make sure moisture does not have an organic place to collect and form mold or mildew.

How is mold remediated?Mold is remediated through use of specialized industrial equipment, personal protective equipment, containment, use of products and maintaining indoor air quality.

What is the difference between mildew and mold?Mildew typically has a flat growth pattern and is often found on shower walls, window sills and other areas where moisture levels are high. Molds include fungi that thrive on any organic matter such as paper, wood, and even clothing.

What is the difference between mold removal and mold remediation?

Mold removal generally means cleaning, although not all mold can be cleaned and/or removed from an area. Mold spores are not generally dangerous and are in our atmosphere; however, when the spores settle and start to grow in clusters, the growth can get out of control and cause major health and building structural issues.

Mold remediation includes all the processes necessary in eliminating dangerous mold growth. These processes include mold testing, containment, demolition, removal, sanitizing and possibly cleaning.

Who should I call regarding commercial mold removal and remediation in Sacramento?

Great question! West Coast Fire & Water has experts on standby to handle any and all of your mold cleanup projects. Give us a call at 916-945-9665 to get connected with a knowledgeable Project Manager today.