Re: Is mold remediation effective in the long term?
Given that mold spores are ever present around us at all times, no, remediation is a fallacy, however, we have, for centuries, had homes that would not kill us with toxic mold growth.
So, in answer to your question, can detrimental mold be remediated, no, but it can be controlled by controlling the environmental factors that precipitate mold growth. A leak proof shell (roof and siding), followed by proper vapor barriers, followed by interior environmental conditions that are not suitable for mold growth.
Much of today's "mold scare" is sensationalized by the media. Yes, mold can be a health hazard, but you don't all of a sudden wake up one morning with the Grim Reaper standing over your bed, mold is a relatively slow growing organism, and the signs of it's presence are evident long before it becomes a health hazard.
Case in point, I once got a call from a customer that they had mold concerns in their house. I go for a site visit and the reality is, they had 3 feet of standing water in the house from a flood, then the house was never ventilated or dealt with, resulting in putrefied air that you literally couldn't breathe. Had the house been stripped to studs when the water receded and ventilated, there would not have been any mold, as it was, it was a total interior loss.
On another occasion a client called that the ceiling had fallen in one of the bedrooms with a concern for mold. A site visit reveals a large portion of the room had a gaping, molded hole, a roof inspection reveals a rather large hole torn by squirrels. Neither the squirrel hole, nor the room hole happened over night, it was the result of neglect and a very long period of denial that there was a problem with the roof.
Yet a third inquiry for a ceiling failure problem results in a roof leak issue, which has gone on for years . . . At this point, I think you see where I am going with this . . . Mold issues don't "just happen", they are the result of ignorance or ignored issues. Keep a water tight structure and you won't likely have mold issues into the future.
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