When mold is present inside a home or commercial structure, it can affect the quality of air inside and, subsequently, the health conditions of the residents. Once mold is visibly detected, regardless of what type it is, it must be immediately removed, if possible by professional specialists from a mold removal company. Be very cautious of mold specialists that would insist that a pre-testing procedure must be conducted first to confirm mold presence when it is plain to see that mold is thriving inside your home.
Understanding what mold is can help fully in understanding the mold removal process. Mold is a living, microscopic spore that can be found everywhere since it can float along the air and, therefore, everywhere can mean inside and outside building structures, window and door passages, air-con/heat systems and even on one’s clothing or on pet’s furs. When you smell something musty in a damp place in the house, expect that a mold is present there. Finally, molds thrive when there is moisture or water source; that’s why keeping the humidity inside the house or office below 45% will help eliminate any mold growth.
People will normally eliminate mold by using household cleaning agents; however, if mold presence is hugely found, this can affect your health, especially in the lungs or immune system, such that the only way to treat them is through the help of mold specialists from a mold removal company. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
It is basic procedure to introduce safety measures such as wearing protective gear by the workers while house occupants must leave and stay out of the house during the treatment period. The before and after assessment makes use of documenting through photos taken on the mold growth in the various parts of the house and recommendations as to how to treat them and, after treatment, again another documentation is done keeping track of what extent has been treated, cleaned and repaired. The next basic step is preventing the spread of mold presence in areas that are not yet affected and that is to introduce contamination control procedure. Physically removing the mold at its source is the best and effective treatment for the mold to be eliminated in the area; therefore, this process may entail removal of a mold-infested carpet, removing an infested drywall, and others. Moisture removal means eliminating and fixing the site areas where moisture is found because moisture nurtures mold growth. Once mold is physically removed from its source, any airborne spores can be further eliminated by using a HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber.