Nearby Mold Removal in Your Area
What is The Mold Removal Process?
Please refer to the EPA for the full process. Here is the 9-step mold removal process you can expect:
- Fix the issue that caused the flooding or the leak.
- Section off or quarantine the mold damaged rooms. This could involve covering the doors and windows with plastic sheets.
- Mist the damaged areas for dust to prevent it from going airborne during the next phases.
- Remove and throw away all mold-covered materials in 6-mil plastic bags. There is a list with the EPA on what exact materials need to be removed for proper risk mitigation.
- Clean all surfaces with a wire brush, disposable wipes and then a follow up with several applications of a bleach solution with rags and a mop.
- All disposable wipes should be sealed in plastic bags. Throughout the process some of bags will need to be double wrapped. The bags can be thrown away into regular trash once sealed.
- Clean the room with a HEPA vacuum.
- Dry the area with a large industrial fan.
- Double check for moisture or any remaining mold. The removed pieces of wall, window frames, etc. can now be rebuilt using fresh materials.
HOW TO CHOOSE A MOLD REMOVAL COMPANY
For example, mold is often the result of untreated water damage or leaks, or a secondary complication of the water that was required to put out a fire. Mold doesn’t just appear on its own. The conditions have to be right for mold to grow and are often the result of other property damage first.
Regardless of how or why the mold appears, it is important to have it removed, properly cleaned and remediated in order to restore a clean, safe, healthy environment for the property’s inhabitants.
In order to do this, if the area contaminated by the mold is larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, you will need to hire a professional mold removal company to eliminate the mold and remediate the area so no new mold colonies grow.
In this article, we will provide you with information on everything you need to know about mold, including how it grows and why it can be a health threat, as well as how to choose a mold removal company to help you restore your property.
Mold Remediation: Basics, Process, and Possible Scams
The Basics of Mold Within the Home
Mold is a familiar condition in many homes. Wetter areas of the country have moldier homes, and even homes in dry areas have certain rooms and spaces that are more prone to developing mold. Where there is moisture in a home, there is undoubtedly mold. The most familiar example of mold is the type that develops in the grout between ceramic tiles. A simple form of homeowner-driven mold remediation happens each time you spray that mold down with a bleach-based cleaner and wipe it off. More critical mold, either from a health or aesthetic standpoint, happens elsewhere.
Areas of the Home That Develop Mold
All places where water is found can develop mold. An excessive amount of humidity in a house can condense and cause mold. Ironically, newer homes can often experience more mold growth than older homes because they are more tightly insulated. Fiberglass insulation provides fertile ground for mold growth and makes it difficult to eradicate and remove.
The Process of Mold Remediation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that any moldy areas less than 10 square feet (about 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated by the homeowner. Beyond that, you may want to talk to a mold remediation contractor. In most cases, it is better to have a mold remediation contractor do the work than a general contractor.
Not All Mold is Toxic Mold
According to the Centers for Disease Control: “While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous.” And while it is possible for toxigenic molds to produce rare health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss, this only rarely happens.
MOLD REMOVAL & HOW TO KILL MOLD
WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL REMEDIATION COMPANY TO REMOVE MOLD?
If you read the section above, you know that I am a proponent of leaving mold remediation to the professionals. At the very least, get a consultation and see what they have to say. There are a LOT of companies out there so make sure you read reviews and ask them a lot of questions. If you aren’t comfortable with their responses, remediation plan, or pricing, then keep interviewing companies until you find one that is a good fit for your situation and budget. You don’t want to take too long to hire a company however. Time if of the essence with mold.
TYPES OF MOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS
Do an internet search for products that remove mold, mold cleaning products, or any variation of those two and you will get an endless list of products guaranteed to kill mold. Here’s the deal. You don’t want to clean mold. You don’t want to just kill mold. You want to remove mold and remediate the entire home and everything in it. Typically that means you need to remove whatever the mold is growing on be that a wall, flooring, window frame, etc… There are some instances where there is a little surface mold that can be “cleaned” but most mold events require some sort of removal process followed by remediation.
WHAT HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND FURNITURE CAN BE CLEANED AND WHAT SHOULD YOU THROW AWAY?
Cleaning and saving items exposed to mold is a very touchy subject. The memories associated with various possessions are often more difficult to throw out than the item itself. In addition, financial limitation may make it seem impossible to get rid of many household items.
POROUS ITEMS THAT *MIGHT” BE SAFE
Porous items in general are able to absorb contaminates around them. Mold spores and mycotoxins can either take up permanent residence in these items OR use them as food. While this list of porous items has the potential to be properly cleaned and kept, there is a risk involved especially if anyone is experiencing health issues.
HAZARDOUS POROUS ITEMS
Unfortunately, there are a lot of items that are too hazardous and cannot be cleaned under any circumstance. They should not be given away or sold either. These items must be disposed of safely.
How to Find a Good Mold Remediation Company
When you are thinking about employing a mold removal company you should ensure that they are certified. Due to the attention of the media, consumers are extremely sensitive to mold growth and often panic at the first sight of it. Unscrupulous persons who prey on people’s fears have cropped up offering mold services. Before you accept a consultation or pay anyone, ensure that they are certified to remove mold.
Go with Experience
Experience in the field is also something that is important. You want to hire a company that has seen, tested and treated all types of mold growth. This knowledge and experience mean that you are more likely to get the job done right the first time. The last thing you want is for your time or your money to be wasted.
Equipment, Techniques, and Communication
In addition to using the latest techniques and equipment to remove mold any company you use should communicate with you effectively. You need to know the progress being made at all times so that you can have peace of mind. Choose a company that not only has the best removal techniques and equipment but also great communication skills.
Final Thoughts on Finding the Best Mold Remediation Company
Finding a good mold remediation company is a must when dealing with mold removal. Mold growth can get out of hand quickly and you need a company that can act fast and uses the right techniques.