If you’ve ever faced a mold problem in a home, you understand exactly how much frustration it can cause. You clean it up, it comes back. It’s visually disgusting and potentially causes health problems. The final solution requires extensive and expensive repairs on the level of essentially remodeling the house, as a complete repair necessitates you remove and replace all the infected areas. The only thing you can do to mitigate the expense is to catch the problem early with regular inspections and replace the infected portions of your home before the mold spreads.
The Mold You See
The mold you see is fairly simple to clean up. Theoretically, you can use bleach to kill the mold, but unfortunately, bleach evaporates faster than the water it is suspended in. The water remains after the bleach is gone and causes new mold to begin forming, so you’re actually making the problem worse unless you use a specialty product designed specifically for mold removal. Unfortunately, in nearly every case of mold infestation, the mold you see is actually the least of your concerns.
The Mold You Don’t See
By the time mold creeps though the wood or drywall of your home and becomes visible, you can assume there is at least ten times as much mold hidden in the structural aspects of the house that you don’t see. Mold spores are already existent in every organic material. Its growth and activation into what you understand as a mold problem is caused by the introduction of water or moisture. That happens behind the scenes long before you’re aware of what’s going on unless you have the home inspected by a professional to find such things before the problem escalates.
Typical Repair Process
The repair process for mold can become complicated if it isn’t caught in time. In a worst case scenario, your moldings, drywall, insulation, and framing will need to be replaced. If caught in time through regular inspections, the molding may be able to be treated and reinstalled after removing a small portion of drywall to provide access for proper treatment of the inside part of the wall where mold has formed. Of course, no treatment is going to provide a successful long term solution unless the actual source of moisture is found and repaired to prevent more mold from forming in the future.