Any area in your property that has a moisture source and low ventilation has the potential to be infested with mold, especially your drywall, which typically envelops your entire interior. As mold outbreaks grow throughout drywall, it may lead to structural damage and numerous health concerns. To identify and remove mold as soon as possible, contact Inch By Inch Inspections. We’ll conduct comprehensive mold removal in Oakville. Our team will complete full mold remediation in Toronto, from inspections and removal to air clearance.
Here’s what you need to know about mold growth behind drywall.
Signs of Mold Growth Behind Drywall
Finding any visual signs may be challenging when it comes to mold infestations behind drywall. While mold outbreaks may spread from within the drywall and have visible growth, and cause discolouration, there are other ways to tell if there’s mold growth behind your drywall. For one, mold has a very distinct smell, so if you catch a whiff of its earthy, musty, pungent odour whenever you go near a wall, there’s definitely a problem. In addition, if mold is lurking beneath your walls, you may experience the health effects of mold exposure. Common symptoms include congestion, coughing, headaches, and fatigue.
Testing for Mold
If you find mold in your property, like behind your drywall, a professional inspection is necessary. At Inch By Inch Inspections, we conduct thorough mold inspections to determine the type of mold and the scope of the outbreak. Different types of mold testing include air sampling, bulk sampling, and surface sampling. Once we complete our mold inspection, our team will conduct comprehensive mold remediation in Toronto.
Removing Mold from Behind Drywall
Mold removal in Oakville begins with containing and sealing the affected area from other parts of the property. Following containment, then we start the removal process. Since drywall is a porous, organic material, the mold growth will be rooted in it, and it’s nearly impossible to remove. Instead, the drywall will have to be discarded and replaced. Once the damaged drywall is removed, air quality clearance tests will be conducted. Air quality clearance tests will determine if there are any lingering contaminants and mold spores in your property.
Preventing Mold Growth in the Future
Mold infestations are tricky. While you may think that getting professional mold removal will solve your mold issue for good, it won’t. In order to prevent mold from infesting your drywall again, you need to take preventive measures. For one, you need to fix any leaks or plumbing issues your property may have. If your property is humid, invest in a dehumidifier to control moisture levels and keep mold spores at bay. For small spaces, like bathrooms or crawl spaces, try and increase the ventilation to keep air moving and mold spores out.
When to Call in a Professional
Mold removal should always be completed by a professional. Drywall mold is dangerous; it may lead to health problems and structural damage. Professionals use high-tech tools and equipment to ensure all sources of mold are eradicated from your property, including your drywall.