What is Effective Mold Remediation?
Molds are microscopic spores that exists outdoors ad indoors as they float in the air making their removal challenging.
Mold may enter a home through door, windows, pets, clothing or AC systems. These microscopic organisms thrive on moisture and grow quickly into colonies. It is therefore important to remove all water sources before the process of mold remediation.
Molds produce a strong odor that is unpleasant in a home. Higher than standard indoor humidity can accelerate the growth of molds hence it is important to keep indoor humidity at least 45 percent or below.
Luckily, there are trained mold remediation specialists who specialize in removing molds effectively.
Mold remediation involves cleaning up current molds while also avoiding exposure to homeowners. Remediation prevents new growth of molds by managing moisture source.
Steps in Mold Remediation
· Address moisture source- Behind all mold problems is moisture or water issues. The first step is to identify where moisture comes from in your home and how it gets in. Assessing mold growth is not just removing visible mold but identifying the real source of the molds. The source of water will guide you to all areas that are infected by molds.
· Create a remediation plan- After identifying the mold source you will need to document the mold problem through a plan. The plan includes the starting date of work, when the work will be completed, testing’s that should be done, whether homeowners will need relocation and person who will be performing remediation.
· Calculating the extent of contamination- The third step is to gauge the extent to which molds have grown. Molds grow in multiple areas in a home hence you need to calculate to guide you on how you will approach their removal as well as cleanup. The main goal of remediation is to clean up all molds in a home. You can check Anniston's Department of Health’s guidelines for cleaning molds.
· Remediate mold contamination- The final step is to re-mediate mold contamination by cleaning up current mold without exposing yourself to mold and also preventing the growth of new mold by lowering moisture in the premises. You can repair the water problem by first isolating the contaminated area. Close all windows and doors in the contaminated area cover doorways with polythene sheeting- 6 mil. Mist contaminated areas to suppress dust. Make sure you have removed all mold-damaged and wet materials in the area. You can also discard moldy materials in plastic bags with a width- 6 mil. Proceed to clean non-porous materials and moldy wood surfaces using a wire brush. Finally, wash moldy surfaces using detergent and a wet cloth to ensure all surfaces are clean.
· Visibility test- Conduct a visibility test that ensures all areas are free of debris and contamination. Allow all cleaned materials to dry properly so that no moisture is left.
Follow the above steps to re-mediate mold effectively and permanently.