Mold Remediation Process
The Steps in the mold remediation process include:
- Identification of water source – The source of the water needs to be identified and stopped in order to prevent future mold growth.
- Air quality testing – This step is not always required and can be determined on a job to job basis depending on the severity of the situation. Ideally, all remediation jobs should be monitored however it does add more cost to the job and on smaller projects, it may not be needed. That being said for larger remediation jobs, situations where legal issues could arise, and health issues are a concern, air quality testing should be done before the remediation starts and after it is completed.
- Containment and control – This is the process of controlling the spread of mold spores and prevent further contamination to surrounding areas. This can be achieved through source containment which is done by applying poly sheeting over the mold growth or by building larger containment chambers that isolated the work area from the rest of the home or property. The containment method chosen will be determined by the restoration contractor and by the size of the remediation job. The use of air filtration devises containing HEPA filters (AFD’s) should also be used in the containment and or work area in order to control further spread of air borne mold spores.
- HEPA Vacuuming – This step helps clean up any larger particles that may be present and spores that have settled on surfaces in the surrounding areas. This should only be done with vacuums containing HEPA air filters
- Removal of Contamination – Here any materials that have mold growth will be removed or cleaned accordingly. Any and all drywall containing mold growth will need to be removed and disposed of as it cannot be salvaged. Building materials such as wooden structural beams will not be removed but require thorough remediation and cleaning, this will usually include a combination of sanding and or wire brushing while HEPA vacuuming to remove all mold from surfaces.
- Cleaning – This is the process of cleaning and wiping all areas affected by the mold growth, including areas that have been sanded and vacuumed. This is done by damp cloth wiping containing a cleaning agent.
How you can help prevent mold!
How to Reduce Moisture
The next trick to prevent mold is to reduce moisture in your home. Here, it’s important to realize that condensation is only one type of moisture and so turning up the heat is only going to protect you from needing mold remediation so much.
Another common source of moisture, for instance, is steam. Steam can be an issue in bathrooms very often for example because we will often have hot showers or hot baths with the doors closed. If you don’t have an extractor fan for your bathroom, then once again this is a very savvy investment and one you should certainly consider making.
Likewise, you should also make sure that you think about the steam you create in other ways to prevent mold. A range hood can help to reduce steam produced by boiling water and soup for instance. Likewise, when your run a bath, run the cold water and then the hot water to reduce the amount of time you have hot water standing and steaming in your room.
If you hang clothes out to dry in your house then this is something you might want to consider changing. For instance, look into hanging your clothes outside instead. Likewise, avoid having water standing in glasses around your house or having water standing in the sink. Any standing water can lead to moisture in the air and so mold.
Open the Windows
Opening the windows is also something that every mold remediation company will recommend and is also a good way to prevent mold from growing. This will allow cold air to get into your property and as this circulates around your home it will dry off surfaces and it will allow mold spores to move outside.
In fact, it is often the parts of the house that are hidden away from the air – known as ‘air pockets’ that are the most likely to suffer from mold. For example, if you have heavy curtains, you might find that mold is prone to building up behind those. Likewise, mold can gather behind sofas and arm chairs and it can build up in a host of other similar spots too.
Another trick then is to allow air to circulate through your rooms by pulling the furniture away from the wall a little bit. If you notice mold behind a piece of furniture then this is a tell-tale sign that this is something you need to do.