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Failure to Prevent Future Mold Growth
Mold Remediation Mistakes to Avoid

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Mold remediation mistakes: Here we explain how failure to take the necessary steps to prevent new mold growth after a mold cleanup project can end up costing a lot of extra money.

Avoiding this mold cleanup error can save you money: even the best mold cleanup job cannot guarantee against a completely new mold contamination problem in a building, but if the work plan includes identifying the cause of the current mold problem and if that cause is corrected the job will have been correctly performed.

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PREVENT FUTURE MOLD - Failure to Prevent future mold growth wastes mold cleanup dollars

Find and fix the cause of mold: A really troubling mistake that we find on occasion is that someone has spent a lot on mold cleanup but no one bothered to identify the reason why mold grew in the building in the first place.

It is not possible to successfully complete a mold remediation project if the causes of mold growth have not been found and corrected. Otherwise, in as little as 24-48 hours mold may appear all over again.

The downspout spilling roof runoff right by the crawl space behind the wood framed plywood crawlspace skirt in this photo is likely to create new wet conditions in the crawl space that had just been cleaned and sealed - shown in our photos at INCOMPLETE CLEANUP where we illustrated a good job of moldy crawl space cleanup.

Key Steps in Preventing a Return of Mold Problems After a Mold Cleanup Project

Prevention of water leaks or excess humidity in building interiors, including wall and floor cavities, is critical if you want to avoid a mold growth problem in a building.

Even following the most thorough mold remediation, future roof, plumbing, or cooling condensate leaks or any other source of water entry all risk future mold growth and related cosmetic, structural, health problems and economic costs.

To prevent problem indoor mold your focus should  be on watching for and correcting leaks or moisture problems in your building. For details on how to prevent indoor mold growth in buildings see:


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