Last Updated on June 25, 2015
This is a process that includes the identifying and addressing of mold related issues in any particular structure. This process is usually put in place to aid in the prevention of the spread of mold. It involves isolating the infested areas and exhuming the affected materials while still making sure that there are no moisture sources which can allow the mold to resurface. All this is done with the aim of reestablishing a conducive environment for inhabitance. Remediation is the way forward even for minor cases of mold infestations this is because mold takes a very short period to fully mature and form deadly colonies.
What does remediation involve?
The process involves total clean up and eradication of mold infested surfaces. What you should know is that mold is a very resilient type of organism. With that you should know that a simple bleach and water solution will not take care of your problem. Any material infested or affected by mold should be removed and reconstructed from the ground up. That is why mold remediation should be left to specialists because it entails a broader process. Professional mold remediation includes all the following:
• Mold assessment
The hired professionals should come to your affected structure and establish a work site. They will identify the mold infested regions of your house and point out the cause and the source of the mold. They will take samples which should be tested in order for you to know what type of mold you are dealing with. After all, that is done the remediation strategy is laid out.
• Mold containment
The origin of the moisture issue is isolated and addressed as a different matter. This is to regulate the further spread of the mold. The area is closed off and sealed to ensure that contamination does not continue. This is because you might be remediating your mold problem, but if the water source is still intact the spread will proceed to other rooms and basically that will be totally disappointing. This also prevents further contamination to your structure due to the spores that are stirred up with the initial mold removal process.
• Mold filtration
The use of HEPA filter is recommended for this stage. The role of these particular filters is to sieve the air and purify it. The filters clean the atmosphere of any mold particles or spores that may cause further damage. It is advisable that during this stage, you wear a lot of protective clothing and protective masks. Inhaling the spores will bring about further complications. The mask is to protect you from exposure to the airborne contaminants.
• Mold removal
Mold is a very thorough organism. It is not surprising to find that all your belongings and building materials are infested with mold. This is because mold ingrains itself to materials, this lengthens its lifespan. It is recommended that you destroy or dispose of any porous material. The most efficient and reliable way of ensuring that mold does not infest your home again, is to completely remove the affected area wholly, leaving nothing behind. Areas which are non-porous can be treated. The most reliable way of treating non porous materials is using antimicrobial cleansers and sealants. They not only get rid of the mold, but make the area cleansed more resistant to infestation. Also, you should consider cleaning your heating and air conditioning, amenities thoroughly and professionally.
• Object drying
The areas that are cleaned should be dry at all times. The repaired areas should also be very dry and clean. Any sort of dampness can bring back the mold. You should recall that excessive amounts of moisture were the reason you are in the predicament in the first place.
The construction phase should only take place after the mold situation has been effectively handled. It is only when the contaminated materials are removed that you can start rebuilding. Clean, dry, mold free materials should be used to fill the gaps left by the initial infested materials.
• Final testing
After the remediation is complete you should take into consideration testing if there are any loopholes. Look for any signs of recurrent water breakages and any odor being emitted. Also look for the visible mold and if there aren’t any you should know that your remediation was successful.
There are other types of mold remediation such as crawl space remediation, this method is used to deal with mold infestations in darker regions such as basements and attics. This is because mold also rapidly develops in areas deficient of light. It is advised that remediation is done very gradually this is because leaving any part of a structure unattended to can lead to worse outcomes than initially projected. Mold brings about complications such as respiratory difficulties and headaches. Also asthma and hypersensitivity are amongst the complications brought about by mold infestation.
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