It is a fact that the presence of mold in the house or in a commercial building can result into poor air quality and health problems. 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.
It is also equally important that in order to understand fully the mold removal process, one should have an insight awareness about mold. 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. When you smell something musty in a damp place in the house, expect that a mold is present there. 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%.
A small mold can easily be eliminated using ordinary household cleaning agents; however, if mold presence is already many and are in colonies, it is best that you hire a professional mold removal company to eliminate the mold and take preventive measures in permanently removing its presence as mold can badly affect the lungs and immune system when exposed to it in a long term basis. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
Safety of workers and occupants is the first step, avoiding exposure to the mold presence, and, therefore, workers must wear proper protective clothing while occupants must be advised to stay out of the house during the period of treatment. Assessment procedure involves documenting before and after treatment of areas in the house that have been infested by mold as well as giving recommendations as to what should be done to treat the infested area. 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. Moisture removal means eliminating and fixing the site areas where moisture is found because moisture nurtures mold growth. 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.