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. 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. 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.
Understanding what mold is can help fully in understanding the mold removal process. 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. 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.
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.
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 before and after assessment makes use of documenting through photos taken on the mold growth in the various parts of the house and recommendations as to how to treat them and, after treatment, again another documentation is done keeping track of what extent has been treated, 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. The second to the last step is physical removal of the mold found at its source and this means removing entirely a mold-infested carpet, removing an infested drywall, etc. and perform treatment and repair. Finally, by addressing the problem of moisture, which is the cause of the mold presence, the entire house will be free of mold, therefore, this can take the removal and repair of places in the house where there is always a moisture leakage. Once mold is physically removed from its source, any airborne spores can be further eliminated by using a HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber.