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Understanding mold remediation and mold removal is not difficult and is important if you want to hire the right specialist at the very best cost and highest quality. While learning and understanding the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal is easy, doing the actual work in the effective way as explained below can however be a challenge.real estate mold remediation
But every potential customer who has a mold problem can know the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal quickly.
For the objective of this article, Mold Removal, Mold Remediation, Mold Abatement and Mold Mitigation are interchangeable terms that essentially mean repairing a mold problem in a structure.
What Is Mold Remediation and Mold Removal
If you already see mold, you usually do NOT need to spend money on pretesting as we discuss here: Mold Inspections and Mold Testing. Plain and simple: You need to remove it. All mold must be removed and done so in the same way (as described in the next bullet point), regardless of the type of molds identified from testing.
If a mold specialist insists that you should spend hundreds of dollars on pre testing when mold is already obvious, our advice is to become very skeptical because its simply a waste of money except in the rarest of circumstances.
Basic Principles of Mold Remediation and Mold Removal
These are the five basic precepts of all successful mold removal and mold remediation projects:
- Safety– Protect all workers and occupants.
- Assessment– Make an initial assessment, an examination during mold remediation and an appraisal after mold remediation.
- Contamination Control– Help prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from infected areas to areas absent of or with less contamination.
- Source Removal– Physically remove the mold at its source.
- Moisture Removal– Eliminate the moisture situation that caused the mold outbreak.
Mold Remediation Process
Focus your mold removal and mold remediation efforts on the area where the water and mold growth is occurring by removing the mold at its source (e.g. on the drywall) and eliminating the water source.
After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers and air exchange (i.e. replacing dirty moldy air with clean fresh air through simple ventilation or more sophisticated negative air controls for bigger jobs).
When vacuuming and using air scrubbers for mold remediation, the filters used should be HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). Only HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores. Regular filters will not work.
Mold remediation does not have to be expensive. In many cases, minor mold problems (less than about 10 square feet of mold) in places like a bathroom corner can easily be handled by the home owner with a free weekend afternoon and a few basic supplies from the hardware store.
Any mold professional should have the ability to explain Mold Remediation in plain English. If a specialist is unable to explain the basic processes and steps of mold remediation and mold removal in layman’s terms, be very cautious! If someone aims to complicate and baffle you about the process and scare you into hiring them, walk away. There are good honest mold removal and mold remediation companies like ours out there as long as you are careful, educate yourself about mold remediation, and get multiple estimates.
Mold Remediation Equipment
Proper safety gear should be worn when managing mold. A high quality, high filtration face mask is a must, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A full protective suit is recommended when using harsh chemicals and for larger mold remediation projects.
Mold professionals seal off the work area, usually using plastic sheeting, so that mold spores do not become dispersed throughout the home.
The spread of mold contamination should be controlled as close as possible to its source.
Mold professionals use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning blower fans and using air pressure machines to bring clean air into the contaminated space and push contaminated air outside the home.
Mold professionals usually throw out moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation and baseboards. These materials are relatively inexpensive to replace and difficult to impossible to repair to their previous uncontaminated condition.
Most mold professionals use some sort of antimicrobial chemical to actually clean the mold and mold stains.
Mold professionals often use a sealer or encapsulant to get the treated areas more resistant to water damage and mold, and also to help with odor control.
Sometimes it is necessary to have your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned since air ducts can collect dust and mold spores.
Some mold remediation companies also do restoration work, just like a general contractor. Restoration can often cost far more than the remediation depending on the style of home, building materials used, etc
We provide free estimates for all mold removal and mold remediation projects. We also guarantee the best prices on mold remediation and mold removal.