General Contractor Lic #CGC1519003 - Mold Remediation Lic #MRSR2344

Whether it’s green fuzzy patches in your garage, small black spots in your office building, or dark slimy film in your bathroom, mold in your home or business is more than unsightly. In some cases, mold can cause illness, especially if you have allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. And if mold spreads, it can potentially render residential and commercial properties too dangerous for use. Here, our Gainesville restoration company offers insight into some of the most common questions we receive about mold, mold removal, and available restoration services for mold and more.

If you have mold, then we can help! Contact our restoration specialists today to learn more about our restoration, remediation, and reconstruction services and to request a quote for mold removal.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a widespread type of fungi that grows in hyphae, or multicellular, branching filaments that make up the network of fungal threads in fungi. Hyphae produce mold spores commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Though you can see mold almost anywhere, it requires moisture to grow and spread. Therefore, mold can be particularly prevalent in damp areas of a home or business, such as kitchens, showers, and basements, among other moisture-rich areas. In addition to regular moisture, certain events that cause water damage, such as a burst pipe, pipe leak, and flooding, are all precursors of mold. Mold exists in many thousands of different species. While some mold is used to produce certain medications (like penicillin) and foods, mold that grows within a home or business can be detrimental, causing health issues and property damage.

Is Mold Dangerous?

Yes. The presence of mold damage, whether in or around a property, can be dangerous for two reasons. First, mold can cause devastating property damage. As mold takes hold and begins to grow, it feeds on whatever materials it grows on, resulting in significant damage to the structure and overall property. Second, mold has a negative indoor air quality. Mold releases tiny spores and byproducts into the air, irritating allergy symptoms and causing several significant respiratory problems. Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a common mold that can have life-threatening effects if not removed and remediated professionally. Mold exposure can cause respiratory allergies, flu-like symptoms, itchy eyes, running nose, congestion, and headaches. Additionally, mold exposure has likewise been linked to symptoms including memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, and confusion.

What Is Mold Remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of removing and cleaning up mold from an indoor environment, such as a home or business. If you suspect mold damage, or if your property is exposed to moisture due to a leaking or burst pipe, storm, flooding, or any other reason, then it’s best to hire a trusted certified mold remediation company to handle mold remediation and removal. At Maven Construction Group, each of our services is specifically tailored to our clients’ needs, helping ensure a safe, healthy, and mold-free environment. That’s why our mold removal services include every service required to identify and remove any trace of mold in your home or business. We even provide restoration services, so your property can return to its original condition. Contact us today to schedule a property inspection.

When Is Mold Remediation Required?

Mold thrives in moisture-rich environments. Therefore, whenever you have a water leak, a burst pipe, flooding, or another event that causes water damage, there is a heightened risk of mold growing and spreading. Common signs you need to hire a restoration company for mold removal and remediation include the following. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a mold damage inspection.

  • Strong, Musty, Earthy Odors
  • Dark-Colored Spots Or Growths
  • Color Change On Surfaces
  • Water Damage
  • Condensation
  • Lack Of Proper Airflow
  • Allergic Reactions & Respiratory Issues

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold grows on materials it can digest and use to spread to other surfaces and areas. As a result, mold can grow on almost any surface, including wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, painted surfaces, carpet, sheetrock, insulation, and more. Mold can grow on organic material, from wood and paper products to dust containing dead skin cells. Mold also grows on and digests certain synthetic materials, including paint, adhesives, and textiles, among other types of synthetic materials. In addition to a food source, mold needs moisture to grow and thrive. Mold can grow anywhere in a building, but it thrives in areas where water is present, such as around windows and pipes, leaks in roofs, and properties that have flooded. Mold grows particularly well on cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood and paper products. What’s more, poor ventilation can cause mold to grow even faster. Humid temperatures, dim lighting, and poor air circulation are conditions in which mold can form, grow, and spread.

How Fast Does Mold Grow?

Mold and mildew can grow at a rapid rate. This can happen even if there is only a tiny amount of moisture and high humidity present. Once mold spores attach to a damp surface, the mold begins breaking down that surface. This process can occur as soon as 24–48 hours after spores first attach to the surface. Therefore, when mold spores appear, it is essential to stop the growth as soon as possible to avoid further property damage and consequences to your health.

How Long Does Mold Removal Take?

The time it takes for the mold removal and mold restoration process depends on many factors, including how much mold is present, where the mold is growing, the condition of the property to be treated, and what materials the mold is growing on. Depending on these factors, most mold removal projects can take anywhere from 1–5 or more days. Should you have any additional questions about the mold removal/remediation process, please feel free to contact us; we’re happy to help!

When Is Mold Removal Complete?

There are two different ways to assess when mold cleanup and remediation are complete. The first identifying factor of successful mold remediation is visual. You might notice that the once-present mold is now gone. However, even if you can’t see any mold, it doesn’t mean that the mold is completely gone. Hidden mold colonies and mold spores can live in tiny, unseen spaces and within the air, so visible inspections shouldn’t solely be relied upon to assess when mold removal is complete. The second factor is post-remediation testing. Maven Construction Group performs post-remediation testing after every job to ensure that all mold is fully removed from the property and that the air quality is safe.

Is It Safe To Remove Mold Yourself?

It depends. Any person can remove visible mold from their home or business. However, those inexperienced with proper mold remediation practices may overlook that disturbing mold and mold spores create new mold problems in other areas. The only way to effectively remove mold and mold spores is with the help of a certified mold remediation company, such as Maven Construction Group. Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, we are a certified general contractor and certified mold remediation specialists accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Additionally, we are an Angie’s List Certified Contractor. When you have a mold problem, hire professionals you can trust; contact us today!

Trusted, Experienced Professionals

Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, FL, Maven Construction Group is a licensed general contractor, Angie’s List Certified Contractor, and is accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Maven has delivered the best damage restoration and reconstruction services in North Central Florida for more than 15 years.

Certified General Contractor Lic # CGC1519003 Certified Mold Remediation Lic # MRSR2344