Mold growth in your building is not something to be taken lightly. Mold is not only unsightly, but it can pose health problems as well. While mold removal can be a challenging task, it is not an impossible one. With the right mold removal strategies and a team of capable professionals, mold removal can be less daunting. Here is a glimpse of what happens during the mold removal process.
Before Professionals Arrive
It’s important for homeowners to provide clear access to the remediation zone or the area where the mold is present. You might have to put your house pet in a separate space or put cars on the sidewalk and make way for workers and equipment so that they can do their job efficiently.
Five Common Steps in the Mold Removal Process
- Determine the extent of the mold contamination:
This first step often involves the expertise of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to determine the degree of mold damage and to perform contamination testing in the suspected space. Mold spores are microscopic contaminants that are capable of traveling throughout a space, and as such, the IEP may test for mold in both the affected and seemingly unaffected areas. Following the results of the analysis, the IEP will create a remediation plan that the mold removal specialist will use to restore the home to its pre-mold state.
- Establish and Verify Mold Containment: It’s vital that the mold contamination doesn’t spread, and it’s common for a mold remediation specialist to create isolation barriers to facilitate mold containment. A lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) is used to verify the containment and prevent any air leakage between containment zones. Exit chambers or decontamination chambers, which are areas with doors between the contaminated areas and clean areas, are created to allow entry into and exit out of the remediation area. When verification of containment is achieved, the mold removal process can get on the way.
- Discard Unsalvageable Materials or Items: Mold can destroy some items completely and porous materials, for example, don’t usually survive contamination. The general rule is that items that cannot be effectively restored or cleaned must be carefully disposed of. Things like drywall and insulation tend to have visible mold growth and are unsalvageable and should be discarded cautiously.
- Clean Surfaces Meticulously: The mold remediation specialist may initiate the cleaning process by first vacuuming the contaminated areas with the use of a HEPA vacuum that is equipped with a high-efficiency filter that is designed to catch microscopic mold spores. With a HEPA filtered sander, the mold removal specialist would begin a thorough cleaning process, which would be followed up with the use of an effective cleaning solution to damp wipe the affected surfaces.
- Verify Remediation: After cleaning, the IEP will verify if the remediation was achieved. The treated area is usually restored to its dry standard, there are no visible mold stains on surfaces and the IEP may perform surface or air sampling in the verification process.
If you suspect that you have a mold problem, hire Infinity Abatement to do the job for you. We are equipped with capable professionals, effective mold removal strategies and the necessary tools to get the job done right the first time.