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. Immediate action must be done once mold presence is visibly detected in the house or in the building and hiring a specialist should expertly remove all traces of mold. 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. Its presence can also be felt coming from its strong, musty odor. Since a mold can thrive and grow into colonies when it is exposed to water or moisture presence is high, a recommended advice is to keep indoor humidity below 45%.
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. Basically, there are 5 steps to successfully 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 specialist’s task is to conduct preliminary assessments before and after the mold removal, such that before removal, photos are taken to determine the mold colonies in the house and assessing what to do, then after the removal, documenting what parts in the house has been cleaned and repaired. Controlling the spread of mold in areas where there is no existing mold or less contaminated is known as contamination control. 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. The last step is to eliminate the moisture problem that is a source and cause of the mold outbreak and this could mean fixing or repairing the site where moisture is traced. Aside from moisture removal, the mold removal company will end up the treatment process with a HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber to also remove airborne mold spores in the house.