FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How will you know when you have mold in your home or office?

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Most people ‘think’ they can diagnose a mold problem themselves. A simple Google search will provide some good information on the subject, but a ‘certified’ mold expert can do a better job at deciphering a mold outbreak.

With a single call, our mold assessor can arrive at your location to perform a free inspection.

Rapid Mold Removal employs the use of an independent mold inspection lab to cross verify our findings upon a positive ID for mold and determines the best course of action for your particular situation.

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What causes items to mold?

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Water must be present for mold to grow, and without it, cannot thrive. Mold also needs an organic substrate to grow, and water soaked pieces of drywall or wood structuring can provide it. Even concrete will spur mold growth in a humid environment.

If the humidity in your home reaches at least 60 per cent, its structural materials will begin to absorb moisture from the air and provide the spark for growth. Most commonly, however, flooding or other water leaks provide the moisture component needed for mold growth.

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Why can’t I just use bleach?

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Although bleach is used by many DIY types to remove small instances of mold in the home, it is certainly not ideal. Bleach itself is a water based liquid, and it offers to aggravate your mold problem by further saturating the mold affected area. Bleach is also acidic and provides an environment in which mold can thrive if not completely eradicated.

Mold can be mostly removed from a small area by using a bleach/water solution, but that provides no real solution for eliminating mold regrowth on porous materials. This is because bleach alone will not eliminate all mold spores present in the material or substrate. In this case, full removal of the mold affected material is required.

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What will mold grow on?

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Mold can grow on any organic material with moisture present. For all practical purposes, mostly any material in the home or office can provide a substrate for mold growth.

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Can you remove “ALL” the mold in my house?

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Because of the nature of how mold spreads, it is not possible to completely eradicate all mold spores from a building. Mold spores travel with the wind and will penetrate any area given access to the outside environment. Even though mold spores are present virtually everywhere, it takes an abundance of moisture to allow these spore “seeds” to grow. A mold contractor such as our own can seek to stop mold outbreaks and replace any moldy material removed when irreversible water damage has occurred. In cases where mold is growing continuously, tips can be given to reduce your living spaces’ moisture level such as running a dehumidifier or making any necessary repairs to your home or office that is allowing water to permeate its structure.

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How long until Mold starts to grow?

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It depends on the type of mold spores growing in your home. Aspergillus and Penicllium can effectively outbreak from a water soaked substrate in as little as 48-72 hours whereas a mold strain such as Stachybotrys can take over a week to spread aggressively. If mold has spread as a part of an inadequate mold remediation job, the times listed above can be reduced. It is important to act quickly upon experiencing a water containment issue in your home as mold can spread rapidly.

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How much does a mold job cost?

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The amount you will pay us to remediate your mold will vary greatly on the amount of water damaged material there is to replace. In some cases, it is possible to simply scrub off the mold from non-porous surfaces in the home as to prevent us from physically removing any structural material at all. Many times however, this is not the case.

Because we are a full service mold remediation/restoration company, the quote given will cover both the removal and replacement any mold infested material from your home as a part of creating a mold ‘free’ environment for you and your family. Any labor hours used to physically remove and re-install any mold affected materials will vary depending on the amount of square footage we need to attend to. A flat rate will be given in any case for the entire process.