Mitigation in Homes and Buildings
Technology Snapshot & Benefits:
Molds occur naturally in our environment. They reproduce by means of tiny spores. When a person touches or inhales mold or mold spores, sensitive
individuals may have an allergic reaction. The key to mold control is moisture
control, as mold spores cannot reproduce without moisture or water. Controlling
moisture reduces the threat of mold problems. Where mold is already a problem,
you must clean it up. Qualified mold mitigation contractors can be very helpful
in cleaning up mold problems and preventing costly damage and/or adverse health
Estimated Cost Savings:
When it comes to controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth in
homes, cost savings are measured in terms of health benefits and preventing
damage to your home and furnishings. Mold eventually destroys things it grows
on. Eliminating mold growth saves money and avoids potential health problems
associated with toxic molds and/or allergic reactions to all types of mold.
Molds cannot be completely eliminated, as they are a part of our natural
environment. Fixing your water or moisture problem will prevent mold problems
from developing. Some molds can be toxic and homeowners should not attempt to
remove such types of mold.
Some geographic regions are naturally more humid than others. Areas on the coast
or near large lakes and areas that receive large
amounts of precipitation are more likely to have moist climates. In these areas,
moisture is ever-present and homes are more vulnerable to mold.
Getting It Done:
Be sure to get bids from two or three (or more) experienced mold
contractors. Multiple bids will allow you to gain immediate perspective on a
fair cost for quality mold mitigation.
Videos On This Topic:
From EcoBroker International:
From Other Sources:
How To Clean
Up Mold (2:03) - This Old House -
Mold can be a
serious problem in homes as it compromises indoor air quality and can destroy
parts of the physical structure. Richard Trethewey, a plumbing and heating
expert, gives tips and advice on how to eliminate and prevent mold in this short
video from This Old House.
On This Topic:
and Environmental Building Association: Mold Issues
Environmental Protection Agency: Mold Resources
Environmental Protection Agency: A Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial