To avoid high replacement costs if addressed early on
To retain the beauty and cosmetic appeal of the structure
To be able to utilize the room(s) once again
To preserve resale value of the property
Remediation is the process of cleaning the mold and eliminating the moisture problem. This process is determined by the size of the remediation and whether occupants are experiencing any adverse symptoms that may be related to the mold. Since mold, destroys the surface materials it is on, remediation can preserve the structural integrity of the building. Failure to address a mold problem, ultimately can result in high replacement and rebuild costs.
Where is Mold Commonly Located?
Basements near walls that have seepage problems
On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings near rook leaks
On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation
Under or around leaking air conditioning units
In HVAC systems
Near broken windows or broken window frames
Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas
Near foundation cracks
On and around faulty external vents
Under linoleum near a sink leak
Under leaky sinks
On and around building infestation problems
On the underside of moist carpeting
Under wall paneling
On anything that contains cellulose, a food source for mold
Many more sources
Mold can be hidden in the following locations:
The back side of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling
The top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
Pie chases and utility tunnels
Walls behind furniture
Condensate drain pans inside air handling units
Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to rook leaks or insufficient insulation).
Materials such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.