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3 Factors That Affect the Amount of Time Required for Mold Removal

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Factors That Affect the Amount of Time Required for Mold Removal

Mold is prevalent in buildings of all kinds, including commercial ones. This is true even if it is not visible to the naked eye because its spores still float through the air. The pervasive fungus is capable of thriving in virtually any environment that is cool, damp and dark and grows on almost any substance. It also feeds off of nutrients in construction materials such as paper, wood and fabric, potentially leading to decay and compromised structural integrity in a property over time. Black mold and other forms of mold growth also tend to negatively impact an establishment's image if in plain view of customers/clientele due to the negative connotation associated with its presence. To avoid these consequences, owners of places overtaken by the invasive microbes may wish to hire a professional remediation service in Woolwich, ME, to handle the mold removal. As time is valuable in and out of the business world, it is important to understand how much of it might be taken up by the cleanup process and the factors affecting that amount.

1. Location
Where the mold growth is located impacts how long the mold removal takes because some areas are more difficult to access than others, including:

  • HVAC systems
  • Under flooring
  • Behind walls
  • Beneath ceiling tiles


2. Surface
What it grows on can also complicate removal, lengthening how long the procedure takes. Porous materials such as concrete, fabric, insulation, drywall and particle board more easily collect and retain the moisture mold loves, attracting it. The fungus infiltrates and sticks to the many crevices and holes in these materials, making it harder to root out. In certain cases, they may have to be thrown out and completely replaced due to the difficulty involved in getting rid of it.


3. Amount
The size of the infestation correlates directly to the time necessary for completion. More mold takes more effort and more hours to remediate.
In general, mold removal may take between three and seven days, depending on the extent of the damage and the circumstances mentioned here. While mold cannot be completely erased, third party testing is a good method to determine if remediation is complete.

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