QCI frequently asked questions
Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in damp and humid environments. It reproduces through tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye and can grow on various surfaces, including walls, ceilings, and fabrics.
Some molds can produce allergens, irritants, and even toxic substances called mycotoxins, which can lead to health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies, and skin irritation.
Common signs of mold growth include musty odors, visible mold patches, water stains on walls or ceilings, and experiencing unexplained allergy-like symptoms indoors.
Black mold refers to a specific type of mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum. It is concerning because it may produce mycotoxins and is associated with severe health issues in some individuals.
While black mold can produce mycotoxins, not all strains of black mold are toxic. Health issues depend on individual sensitivity and exposure levels, regardless of mold color.
Mold spreads through its spores, which can be carried by air currents, pets, or people. Additionally, mold can grow rapidly in moist environments, leading to further spread.
Common causes of mold growth include water leaks, high humidity, poor ventilation, flooding, and damp basements or crawl spaces.
To prevent mold growth, ensure proper ventilation, promptly fix leaks, control indoor humidity levels, and keep your property clean and dry.
For small mold infestations, mildew cleaners or a mixture of water and detergent can be used. However, larger or persistent mold issues require professional remediation.
You should consider professional mold remediation services when dealing with extensive mold growth (over 10 square feet), hidden mold, or mold-related health concerns.
Professionals use visual inspection, moisture meters, and air sampling to assess the extent of mold infestation and identify potential hidden mold.
Mold remediation experts wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid exposure and use containment measures to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas.
Depending on the extent of the mold infestation and the remediation process, temporary relocation may be necessary for safety reasons.
Mold remediation professionals use air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, dehumidifiers, and negative air machines to remove mold and spores from the air.
While mold remediation aims to remove as much mold as possible, complete removal may be challenging in cases of extensive or deeply embedded mold.
The duration of mold remediation depends on the extent of the infestation. It can range from a few days to several weeks for more severe cases.
Mold remediation professionals use EPA-approved and safe cleaning agents. However, it's essential to keep occupants and pets away during the remediation process.
Mold can return if the underlying moisture problem is not adequately addressed. Proper ventilation and moisture control are essential for preventing mold recurrence.
Address any water leaks promptly, maintain proper ventilation, keep indoor humidity levels low (ideally below 50%), and use mold-resistant products when renovating.
Homeowners' insurance coverage for mold-related damage varies. Some policies may cover mold remediation if the mold growth is a result of a covered water damage event, while others may have exclusions for mold-related claims.