Understanding The Mold Remediation Process
Hearing frightening stories about the dangers of black mold, many homeowners panic when they see mold on any surface in their home. It should be a comfort to know that mold spores are everywhere and all houses contain them; black spots on the wall are not necessarily a cause for panic. However, it's important to keep mold growth to a minimum because many kinds of mold can cause allergic reactions and irritation. If you notice mold in your house, it's a good idea to have it investigated by a company that can take care of the problem through a process known as "mold remediation." The mold remediation process involves the following steps:
Step 1: Assessing The Damage. The professional you hire will thoroughly inspect your house and look for signs of mold or excess moisture. He or she will not only make a visual inspection but also use technology to measure moisture levels behind walls or under flooring. The professional will then make a plan that is specific to your home.
Step 2: Stopping The Spread. Negative air chambers and negative air pressure can help isolate the mold, and turning off the air conditioning will keep it from spreading through the duct system of the house. Air filtration is another important measure for stopping the spread of mold spores.
Step 3: Removing Mold. This is usually done in two ways; first, surfaces are treated with fungicidal and antimicrobial cleaners, and second, carpeting and drywall that are infested with mold may have to be removed from the house.
Step 4: Cleaning. In this step, the entire house and all of its contents are professionally cleaned and sanitized to remove invisible mold spores. This step will also involve deodorizing your home.
Step 5: Restoring Your Home. Finally, your house needs to be put back into livable condition. Carpets, flooring, and drywall are replaced and other repairs are made if necessary.
Once the mold in your home has been treated, it's important to make sure that it won't come back by dealing with the sources of moisture in your house. If you have a wet basement, for example, you may need to seal cracks in the concrete and improve the drainage around your foundation in order to prevent further growth of basement mold.