Prolonged exposure to mold can have adverse effects on your health. Signs to look out for include red or itchy eyes, itchy skin, headaches, a stuffy nose and respiratory problems. In a recent study, it was estimated that 4.6 million people out of the 21.8 million people with asthma had gotten the condition from mold and dampness in their homes. Mold brings unpleasant health risks if you don’t get rid of it as soon as possible. You can either choose a mold removal or mold remediation services. Continue reading to learn what is remediation and removal, and how they’re different.
Some companies may advertise that they can remove all of the mold from your house. Don’t believe them. Mold is everywhere in the form of spores, so true mold removal isn’t possible. Cleaning a patch of mold with a mix of water and bleach will get rid of the mold but not the spores.
A simple, one-step cleaning procedure won’t solve the problem. If the place the mold was living in is still damp, it’ll keep growing back no matter how many times you clean it. Because you can’t completely eliminate mold, the key is to control its growth. You’ll want to keep the living conditions in your home clean and dry to stop the mold from growing. Spores will exist, but they’ll stay dormant. The right way to deal with mold is remediation and restoration.
Mold remediation is a multi-step process that gets out-of-control fungi back to natural levels. Remediation also addresses the causes of a mold outbreak to help stop it from happening all over again.
The first step of remediation is mold inspection. Your home will be searched thoroughly for visible signs of mold. Experts will also take air samples to figure out what type of mold it is. They can do this because the airborne spores have been triggered to reproduce and aren’t dormant.
The kind of mold will tell experts how they should go about ceasing the outbreak. The air sample will show what the spore count is, which can be an estimate for the level of contamination.
All of the areas that have mold are sealed off. The mold is contained to help prevent its spread into other areas of the property. There are various ways to contain mold. Some containment areas may have physical barriers with negative air chambers and negative air pressure.
Heaters, fans and cooling systems everywhere in the house must be shut off. They will move spores around and make it more likely for mold to continue to thrive in other places.
High-efficiency air filters are put into the home’s HVAC unit to clear the entire house of active spores. This will help prevent the spores from remaining and turning into fungi. Depending on contamination levels, experts may also use special HEPA-filtered vacuums to pick up any spores that could have settled onto a surface.
Anti-fungal and antimicrobial substances are used to clean the existing colonies of mold. This method of cleaning mold will help prevent more mold from forming. The method of clean-up depends on where the fungi is growing. Non-porous and hard locations such as a bathtub or sink can be cleaned well by wiping and then adding a safe, approved biocide.
Mold can travel into porous locations such as wood floors and walls. There may be a larger problem within these places. Once every infected porous area is inspected, the ones with deeper mold growths will have to be removed and replaced.
Your house must be sanitized once the remediation is finished. Clothes, furniture, curtains and similar items will be cleaned. Fogging equipment is used to deodorize both your belongings and the air.