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How Extensive Is a Mold Infestation?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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How Extensive Is a Mold Infestation?

The number of square feet in a structure infested with mold will determine the extent of an infestation. A toxigenic species such as stachybotrys chartarum or black mold can increase the severity of a mold problem. Here are several factors a commercial building owner should consider when planning mold remediation.

Visible Mold
Visible mold is a clear indication of contamination. If water damage is not properly mitigated, mold may grow in clear view on any of the following surfaces:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Damp carpet
  • Painted surfaces
  • Upholstery
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood surfaces

Mold cleanup may be easier when the majority of an infestation is readily visible. In many cases, visible growth is only part of a larger problem. A plumbing or roof leak can also lead to mold growth behind walls, under flooring, or on the upper side of ceiling tiles.

Hidden Mold
An infestation involving mold that is obscured from sight may be more extensive than a building owner realizes. Expert inspection and testing are helpful for locating hidden mold without spreading contamination or risking further exposure to spores and mycotoxin. Specialists may use infrared cameras to detect moisture and a borescope or other specialized detection tools to check behind walls with minimal disruption.

Mold Testing
Mold testing is helpful for monitoring levels of microbial volatile organic compounds or spores in a structure. Air, batch, or surface sampling and lab analysis may be recommended for an infestation that could be toxigenic, such as some varieties of black mold. Testing can also take place after remediation as a verification measure.
A mold remediation service can accurately identify the extent of a mold infestation and provide an estimate and schedule for cleaning and restoring a commercial building in Northglenn, CO. Building owners and managers should rely on trained professionals to minimize the risks associated with exposure to black mold and other types of fungi.

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