The short answer is no. While the intentions of demolition free mold remediation may be pure, the efficacy of any demolition free mold remediation simply isn’t there. It is a low-cost, band aid solution to your mold problem.
Reasons against Demolition Free Mold Remediation
1. It doesn’t take into consideration what the true cause of the water or moisture intrusion that led to mold growth in the first place. A source of water, humidity, or moisture intrusion had to first take place before the conditions are met where mold can grow. By addressing what’s on the surface of the home, you are neglecting to identify and correct the source of intrusion.
2. Mold has hyphae which are a roots-like system that physically grow into porous building materials such as drywall or insulation. So when you employ any of the available “demolition free” mold remediation technologies such as a dry fog application, you’re not removing the hyphae from the building material. The result is, mold will grow back again. While it may seem attractive to spend less on a demolition free mold remediation strategy, it sure isn’t money well spent when the mold comes back. A lot of these companies will recommend that you repeat the process again in the future.
Correcting the source of the problem may seem more expensive upfront but it will save you a lot of time, money, and energy in the long run once the problem is resolved. Always remember the following quote:
“The bitterness of poor quality often remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
3. There is no solution that will be able to “penetrate” walls or ceilings and eradicate mold colonies that are often growing behind the cosmetic surfaces. Without addressing the cause of the problem and the structural degradation that often accompanies the presence of mold, the structure will continue to degrade and mold will continue to colonize behind the walls or ceilings that are being “treated”.
5. Demolition-free remediation strategies is what we would call “Phase 2” of remediation wherein you clean up the surfaces of the home to remove the contamination that was created by the sources of mold. This is only something that should be embarked on after “Phase 1” is completed by removing the sources of mold creating the contamination, and correcting the conditions that led to the mold sources growing in the first place. If you do “Phase 2” of remediation without first doing “Phase 1” of remediation, you’ll end up having to reinvest in both phases again, in the proper sequence, which will result in money wasted on trying to do demolition-free remediation first.
A “Patented Fog Solution” is another name for “Demolition-Free Remediation” and you should be weary of the efficacy of the remediation strategy in the event there is no removal of contaminated building materials being removed as part of the process.
For more on this, please review Chapter 13 of my book “The Mold Medic” where I dive into some of the cases I’ve encountered that were unsuccessful with these types of remediation.