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Steps in Professional Mold Remediation

7/26/2017 (Permalink)


Steps in Professional Mold Remediation

Mold is a fungus that grows in forms of multi-cellular, and they may live in indoors or outdoors and do well in damp, warm, and humid environments. Although shower stalls and basements are typically moist and dump areas are more prone to the growth of molds,
Mold growth can also take place on Dry Rot(wood decay caused by species of fungi) forming a mildew {whitish coating} since it supports the growth of molds including black mold.
There are several conditions for mold growth they include:
• Available molds spores.
• Available mold food.
• Appropriate temperature.
• Favorable moisture.


Common household molds have a characteristic of which they get identified with “musty” or “earthy” smelly odor. Although most mold colonies appear greenish to black [ typical of mold growing on bathroom floor} in color, the characteristics of mold growth behind walls covering buildings result in pinkish to yellowish staining of the wall covering.
Black mold fungus can spread throughout the property and produce allergens and irritants that have health effects to humans and create irritants effect; they can danger to the health human kind. Deodorization is therefore carried out to neutralize the effects of black mold growth can also, leave an odor in your home primarily a musty, unpleasant, smelly odor throughout your home. Commercial mold damage may lead to the destruction of equipment, lead to food poisoning and increase maintenance costs.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the practices that help to minimize the growth of mold in home or business located in hot, humid climate.

The process includes:

Step 1: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment.
These include a proper inspection of your property for any visible signs of black molds those from household materials and equipment’s, walls, commercial mold damage, mold growth behind walls and hidden plain view. Make preliminary assessment during mold remediation, and an evaluation of mold remediation. Mold damage assessments should also be done.

Step 2: Mold in Home Containment.
These explain control, mold removal, prevention of cross contamination and spread of mold from contaminated area to areas that are not invaded by the mildew or within less contamination.
Several procedures may be employed that use advanced containment procedures which include deodorization to remove the smelly odor, negative air chambers towards the isolation of the contaminated areas with physical barriers and negative air pressure which prevent the mold spores from distributing during the cleanup process
All home fans, heating, and cooling systems may be turned off to avoid the spread of mold.

Step 3: Getting rid of mold and mold infested materials and equipment.
The mold in homes and commercial mold damage remediation and mitigation process depends on the amount of mold/fungus growth and types of surface or dry rot on which mold appears; it may also include the area in which the mold growth has taken place.
Antifungal and antimicrobial treatment methods are used to eliminate mildew colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials like dry rot and carpeting may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 4: Source removal.
The process involves physical mold removal from its sources, either those that have taken place in the walls or the hidden plain view. The mold in home mitigation includes deodorization, cleaning the furniture, decorative items, disposing of dry rot, curtains, and restorable items affected by fungus/ mildew. Mitigating commercial mold damage requires cleaning in areas where machinery is placed. One must be extremely careful when engaging in the process of mold removal and mitigation.
The mitigation process involves generally:
•Getting rid of water-damaged, mold-infested materials so as to prevent cross contamination of the black mold spores.
•Cleaning and disinfection of walls (mold growth behind walls), rugs, and personal home items.
•Removal of drywalls and studs if the mold damage is very extensive.
•Vacuuming with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration by a restoration company.
•Deodorization.


Step 5: Moisture removal and Air filtration by a restoration company
The process involves using specialized techniques to capture microscopic mold spores and the smelly odor, by use of air scrubbers and restoration company HEPA approved vacuums towards the prevention the spread of these mold spores while the mold removal is in the process.

Step 6: Restoration
It depends on the level of mold damage, mold growth behind walls, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. It involves minor repair and major repairs.
Restoration company performs other activities which may include replacing drywall, painting and installing new equipment's also the reconstruction of various rooms in a home or business.
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