1) Mold vs Mildew (how to spot the difference)
Mold and Mildew are actually the same thing. They are the result of Fungi or “fungal growth”, which is a form of mushrooms!

2) Is it okay to buy a home with mold?
Mold is actually ubiquitous. It is in every house you will buy, but some species and families have potential health effects. These health effects can be more detrimental especially if a resident has a compromised immunity or chronic respiratory distress.

3) How long does mold take to grow?
Amplified fungal growth takes 2-3 days for certain types, and 2-3 weeks for others. There is no test or method to determine when the growth began or how long it has been growing, so it is advised to get remediation at the first sign of growth.

4) The dangers of removing mold yourself
Is it okay to clean mold yourself? Is it safe? Yes – but you need to wear protective gear and ensure that disturbed spores don’t get into the HVAC system. Be sure to be aware that remediation of mold should never be done with bleach and crawl spaces can be extremely nasty!

5) Why you need a profession mold remediator
A professional can evaluate if there is “toxic” mold present beforehand and properly address the growth. They have the proper equipment needed to contain the work area and spread of spores, filter the disturbed spores and provide testing and analysis to ensure the environment indoors in back to a “normal” level post-remediation.

6) How long does mold removal take?
Removing and cleaning growth can take five minutes, five days or possibly longer. The length is dependent on the possibility to reduce materials moisture, the extent or type of mold growth and other Scope of Work considerations.

7) How to protect a house from mold
Protecting your home against future mold growth is possible. The most important variable in fighting mold is moisture levels. If wood moisture stays

8) What creates mold?
Moisture is the key component to mold growth. Following the guidelines in question #7 will benefit you in many ways, and for crawl spaces remember they should maintain an average RH of 50-55%

9) Does Salem test for mold?
Yes! We perform air, surface and bulk sampling – around 125 to 150 times annually for clients. We also test for bacterial growth (air & surface), meth (surface only), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, and formaldehyde in air.

10) How often should I test for mold?
If there’s a properly planned and completed remediation, and once the post-remediation sampling event clears the site for occupancy, the moisture is controlled and there is no need for additional testing.