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Mold spores are everywhere and unavoidable. Very much like dust and pollen, if they are given the right conditions, an infestation can develop very quickly and with very little effort. For mold to grow, certain conditions need to be met: an area with high humidity, moisture, a dark environment, and a food source. Whether you are in a business or commercial setting, in many mold infestation cases, the cause is some form of water damage, such as a leak behind a wall, under the flooring, or in the ceiling that goes unnoticed.

To effectively eliminate mold, it has to be removed in a certain way. Simply wiping away a mold growth with an all-purpose cleaner will not work. This will simply agitate the growth causing it to release its spores into the air, which can generate new growths in other areas. Mold will not only damage structures, but it can also create several adverse health effects making it very dangerous. If mold is present for a prolonged period of time, the exposure to it and its spores could endanger the health of children, adults, the elderly, and pets causing serious complications such as breathing difficulties, severe allergic reactions, and even illnesses.

For proper Portland mold remediation services, you can trust the experts at ServiceMaster of Portland. We will thoroughly remove and eliminate any mold infestation you have within your home or commercial office. We specialize in Portland commercial and residential disaster restoration, and when you call us, we will contain the mold, repair structures, thoroughly eliminate the mold infestation, and restore your property back to normal.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mold

What are the signs of mold issues?

When it comes to a mold problem, you will typically see it or smell it. But here are some more telltale signs of mold to look out for:

  • Musty odor that doesn't dissipate or gets worse
  • Black and or brown spots on surfaces like the ceiling, walls, floors etc.
  • High humidity in the home causes condensation to form on various surfaces

Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation - What's the Difference?

Mold remediation is the process of killing and cleaning away mold from material that can be salvaged. If the mold isn't too severe and hasn't severely damaged the material, mold remediation is a great way to rescue it from being thrown out.

Mold removal is the process of cutting away material (drywall, flooring etc.) that's been severely affected by mold or, in some cases, throwing mold-ridden items away completely.

What are some steps I can take to prevent mold?

The most important thing you can do to prevent mold is to keep a dry environment in your home. This is achieved by routinely maintaining these various parts of your home:

  • Plumbing system - checking for and fixing any leaks

  • HVAC system - properly maintain to avoid coolant leaks and to control temperature

  • Foundation - cracks in your foundation can lead to water seeping through every time it rains