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. Once mold is visibly detected, regardless of what type it is, it must be immediately removed, if possible by professional specialists from a mold removal company. When mold is already visible in your home, there is no longer need to have it pre-tested as some specialists would insist because whatever type of mold is present, the fact is it should be removed.
By knowing what mold is all about, you can have a better understanding of the mold removal process. Mold is a microscopic spore that exists everywhere, outdoors and indoors, by floating along in the air and, thus, can enter through the windows, doors, air-con/heating unit, or can rest on clothing or on a pet. When you smell something musty in a damp place in the house, expect that a mold is present there. Finally, molds thrive when there is moisture or water source; that’s why keeping the humidity inside the house or office below 45% will help eliminate any mold growth.
Mold can be easily removed with ordinary household cleaning products, but when there is an extensive mold presence in the house, it is advisable calling in a professional mold removal company, because disturbing big mold infestations can be bad for the health, especially the lungs, and can weakened our immune system. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
As a safety measure, before starting the removal operation, mold removal workers must wear the proper protective gear and house occupants are advised to 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. Contamination control is part of the mold removal steps, which is to introduce treatment to areas that are either without presence of mold or less contaminated by mold so as to prevent its spread on those areas. 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. Using the HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber, any airborne mold spores in the house can be further eliminated.