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If your home or office always has a musty smell, even after a deep cleaning with bleach (which only kills surface mold), you might have mold growth lurking behind the drywall in a room. 

While a mold problem can affect air quality and create a host of problems for homeowners and businesses, mold removal and remediation can make a huge difference.

What is Mold?

Mold consists of little cells that can reproduce and spread through the air as mold spores and grow in damp and humid spaces. As the mold clings to surfaces like drywall, carpets, and air vents, it will create a musty odor.

Is There a Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

People use the term mildew to describe different types of mold and fungus broadly, according to the EPA. Practically speaking, there really is no difference between mold and mildew. They are both a fungus that can grow in damp areas.

What Causes Mold Growth?

Mold growth can happen anywhere there is water damage or poor air circulation. Most homeowners are familiar with mold growth in their basements caused by a water leak or flooding. 

While a dehumidifier can improve the air quality and dampness in a home or business, this type of remediation doesn’t stop black mold growth.

What Are the Dangers of Mold?

A common misconception is that the smell of mold is what causes health issues. While the musty odor of mold can be unpleasant, it won’t harm you and can be reduced with air fresheners. The only way to completely eliminate the musty mold odor is to get rid of the mold itself.

Without proper mold remediation, the mold problem can ruin walls, bathrooms, and other areas of a home or office. Exposure to mold can affect air quality and create allergic reactions like sneezing or coughing. Other symptoms of mold exposure:

If you experience any of these health problems, talk to your doctor. Then, contact the ATI Restoration team to discuss safe and efficient mold removal services.

Best Practices for Identifying Mold Indoors

One of the first signs of mold in the walls is the smell. Sometimes homeowners aren’t fully aware of the mold because it isn’t visible. A musty odor after water damage or a leak is an easy tell that you may have mold behind your drywall.

You may have a build-up of mold in your walls if you notice water stains in the same area where you experienced past water damage. To help you gain a full understanding of the extent of the mold damage, our professional restoration company offers mold testing and moisture mapping services. 

Once we have a clear idea of where the mold and moisture are coming from, we can start the remediation process.

What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Mold?

It may seem quick and simple to wipe down moldy areas with bleach to resolve the problem. DIY fixes can help to rid you of the mold smell and the mildew you can see, but they won’t fix the mold problem on the walls or in the drywall.

Without professional remediation, you will still have a mold problem and the musty smell will return. In fact, your problem may worsen.

Get the help you need today by contacting the best solution for your mold removal needs—ATI Restoration.

Our knowledgeable team will conduct a complete examination of the areas where we can smell musty odors and see water damage. We will also use efficient techniques to ensure the mold growth hasn’t spread to other areas of your home or business.

Based on our findings, we’ll develop a plan for thorough mold remediation services that will improve your home or business’s air quality and safety.

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