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Mold Removal vs. Remediation: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard of both mold removal and mold remediation, but what do those terms actually mean? You might think that they’re one and the same, but they are actually two very different practices.

Remediation is the removal of contaminated materials that could inhibit the growth of mold, while removal is the complete and total removal of mold from an area without the removal of the material it’s on.

What is mold remediation?

Mold remediation is the removal of material that is showing signs of mold growth or is water damaged and needs to be removed before the mold starts growing. If a pipe in your home or business leaks and causes water damage you’ll have to act quickly and remove the damaged area before mold starts to grow.

Mold remediation specialists come into the building and remove the damaged material and replace it with new, non-damaged materials to stop mold growth before it becomes a serious problem.

What is mold removal?

Mold removal is the removal of mold from a surface without removing the surface itself. When your bathroom shower walls show mold it’s normally a surface issue and not a water damage problem, meaning, you can remove the mold from the surface of your shower without having to remove tiles or other pieces to get rid of it.

Which service should I get?

Both mold remediation and mold removal are important services that help prevent future problems with your home and your health. While mold remediation is the removal of damaged materials that could foster the growth of mold and cause structural problems, and mold removal is just a removal of mold from an object or surface they both are important and useful.

So, to know which one you need you should have a professional come out and inspect the suspected area of mold to recommend which service should be done. If there is water damage or rot it should be mold remediation, and if it’s just a surface growth of mold it should be a mold removal service.

Looking for a Training Institute?

If you are interested in a mold remediation or mold removal career, call us today. The National Environmental Training Institute (NETI) is a state-certified training company offering Mold Remediator and Mold Assessor training. NETI also offers continuing education units (CEU’s), certification, and licensing.

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