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Mold Removal

Many people will generally think that mold appears on a structure when the structure has become too old to maintain. However, contrary to popular belief, mold is actually an indication that high moisture conditions exist or it previously existed which contributed to structural decay. Although mold does not significantly weaken the structure, it can often times cause a change in the color of the surface. Moreover, mold can cause health care issues like allergies or sinus infections. Health risks that result from mold are often times more problematic for infants and children, people with respiratory problems or asthma, and elderly people. Therefore, mold control is not only beneficial to save your largest investment which is your house, but it is also essential to protect the healthcare of the people who reside in it. Mold can ultimately be found in any structure where the moisture content is too high. Mold removal is a needed control process for any homeowner.

Recognizing Mold Problems

Typically, surfaces that are mold ridden have a fuzzy or a powdery appearance. The variety of colors that molds display usually ranges from different shades of blacks to greens. Sometimes, molds will be different shades of oranges, reds, and yellows. Occasionally, molds can appear white. On such surfaces as softwoods, the stains or remaining debris can easily be brushed off. However, for such materials as large-pored hardwood, stains have already penetrated too deeply into the wood for it to simply be brushed off. In severe cases, molds may extend as much as to completely cover a surface. However, in less severe cases, molds will simply grow in small spots across the surface.

Mold Biology

Fungus that stains surfaces primarily colonizes or attacks the sapwood of softwoods and hardwoods. They can only survive if there is wood moisture content of at least 20% but they thrive on wood surfaces that have at least 28% wood moisture content. If the weather is hot and very humid and all conditions are perfectly in place, then mold will become visible within one week. Molds and mildews are able to grown on or inside virtually any material. If there is an adequate nutritive value or if enough moisture is present and it is warm enough, there is no real reason why mold will not grow on that surface. Moisture can come from many different situations including showers, condensation, damn basements and crawl spaces, plumbing leaks and etc.

How to Get Rid of Mold

Although chemical control is efficient for mold removal inside your house, there are some mechanical changes that must be made to try and prevent mold from infesting a structure. The most important part of mold removal is inspection. Inspect your structure to find the source of the moisture and then make changes accordingly to lower wood moisture content to below 20% and also relative humidity to below 50%.

When inspecting the structure, also look for or make changes to some of the following situations:

  • Ventilation: All living spaces should have good ventilation. If the temperatures outdoors are lower than the temperatures inside, then try to ventilate the living space through windows and by natural means. Also, make sure to install ventilation systems from dryers and fans in the kitchens and bathrooms to the outside and not into the attic or into the crawlspace.
  • Maintain Humidity: Humidity may be a problem particularly in below grade rooms or spaces. If a room is especially humid, use a dehumidifier. Also, maintain a dry crawl space by using temp vents and modifying the crawl space environment to create a dry area including soil barriers and drainage systems. Also, maintain damp basements by waterproofing or damp-proofing the room.
  • Be Careful of Condensation: Moderate the air conditioning system. Although mold does not particularly grow in cool conditions, excessively low temperatures can result in condensation which is a moisture source for mold.

Chemical control to remove mold from the surface of structures will involve using an appropriately labeled fungicide. Fungicide can be brushed on or sprayed on. Also, wood preservatives should be applied to bare surfaces of wood to prevent the growth of mold. Keep in mind that all pesticides have a product label and a material safety data sheet. All labels must be reviewed thoroughly before the pesticide is applied. To find the correct fungicide or wood preservative insecticide and fungicide that best fits your situation, call a Pest Mall technician at 1-800-788-4142.

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Q. warer conducting fungi
Hi, I have a decay fungi, most likely Poria incrassata as the main culprit, possibly others that I wouldn't know how to identify. It's very active on the roof, coming down all roof vents, and in all ductwork around windows and doors, through ceilings and even walls and floor. getting in all appliances, furniture, clothes bedding and all plumbing fixtures in the house. Also in the garage, shed and vehicles. Can you please tell me what I need to cure the problems?
A.   Thank you for contacting us. Timbor Professional is effective against fungi. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Getting rid of mold stains on stucco/brick
Black mold. Growing on stucco on side of house. Also on brick fence. Some in direct sun. Some in shade. On both North and South facing walls. Some growing on top of brick fence in direct sun. I am seeing this stuff on neighbors house too. Tried bleach. Not much result. Same with Mold Armor (Home Depot). Contractors tell me they have chemicals that will easily remove it.. but they must apply it, which means I have to get them mixed up in my affairs - which I just hate to do. You probably know exactly what these chemicals are. I note you do have the termiticides my termite man uses ( fipronil ), and I will be getting some from you. I am especially intrigued that Frontline is also Fipronil. I intend to try pool acid on these black mold stains. Maybe Sodium Hydroxide (Lye solution). Something must work to kill this stuff. I note the boracare with moldcare seems to use the same chemical Mold Armor uses. It may work fine to inhibit mold, but I am looking for something to make the black go away. Yeh, I could paint over it, but I would feel a lot better if I knew this is not coming back. Thanks for letting me ask.
A.   The only product we can recommend using is Mold Clean. This will get rid of surface mold, but the mold problem will persist as long as there is moisture in the area. To keep it from coming back, it is important to rid of all moisture sources such as leaks in the area.
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Q. There is also a significant amount of mold. I understand that the product to use on the moldy wood is Boracare w/Moldcare.
A.   This will be the prefect product for this problem.
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Q. Does Timbor break down the protein of stachybotrys and ulocladium mold?
A.   Unfortunately, we are not that extensively versed in the product and we can provide you with general information. Please contact the manufacturer, Nisus, at 1-800-264-0870 and they will be able to better assist you in the inquiry you have about the product.
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