Finding mold in your home is not only unpleasant, it’s also dangerous. Mold can cause health issues and breathing problems, particularly for those who already have difficulty breathing. It can also weaken the structure of your home, leaving it vulnerable to more damage that will require expensive repairs as it worsens. Hiring mold remediation specialists as soon as possible after noticing mold in your home can help you avoid these problems. They have a full understanding of the mold remediation process and can complete the task in far less time.
The Mold Remediation Process
Mold remediation is a thorough removal process that not only takes the mold out of your home but also prevents it from recurring.
Inspection & Mold Damage Assessment
Before your specialist begins the mold remediation process, they will carefully inspect your home and assess the damage. This helps them identify the extent of the damage and create a plan for remediation. Specialists consider aspects such as safety and health, pressure differentials, and removing and handling contaminated materials.
The mold remediation specialist will use one of three containment procedures. The first, usually used for moderate or limited areas of mold growth, is local containment in which a structure is built around an area of mold and treated with vacuums and air filters. For larger areas of mold growth, specialists use full-scale containments. These separate unaffected areas from affected areas by using polyethylene barriers. They use negative pressure, vacuums, and air filters inside the affected area..
Air filtration is an important part of the remediation process. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices during remediation help keep spores within the contaminated area, again limiting their ability to spread to other parts of your home. It also ensures that your breathing and health are not affected by airborne mold spores. Air filtration helps clean the air and make it safer to breathe, keeping you and your family healthy during and after the remediation process. In addition to external air filtration tools, your mold remediation specialist may wear a face mask and breathing device. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the mold in your home is more dangerous. It’s simply an extra precaution for their own health.
Removing Mold & Mold Infested Materials
The mold removal process can now begin. The specialist will begin using HEPA vacuuming to filter and trap mold. This is the most important part of the process, as it can effectively filter 99.97% of all particles, a much higher rate than any standard vacuum that can be purchased or rented from a shop. However, porous or wet items like couches, carpets, and clothing will still most likely need to be thrown away entirely.
Cleaning of the Area
Specialists use brushes and scraping tools to dislodge mold to then filter the area using HEPA vacuums. After the process is complete, a mold remediation specialist will use safe detergents and disinfectants to clean walls and floors. They will also clean and disinfect tables, shelves, and other non-porous items that were affected by the mold. They may use biocides, depending on their professional judgment, to ensure the mold destruction and prevent its return.
Finally, your home can be restored to its original state after the entire removal and disinfection process is done. This may mean that it is time for you to shop for new carpets or clothes. Your mold remediation specialist may be able to give you some tips, depending on your home and the affected area, about where the source may be and what could help prevent the spread again.
Speak to Mold Remediation Specialists
Speak to the mold remediation specialists at Kingsley for more information about how the team can help you protect your home from mold. Kingsley understands the need to have mold immediately removed before further complications can arise. Its team of trained, certified, and insured technicians can help repair damage done to your home as quickly as possible. In addition to mold remediation services, Kingsley provides water damage restoration, emergency water extraction, and mold testing services to clients in the Columbia, South Carolina area.