Few people think about the existence of mold until it appears in our homes. But it is actually present everywhere, in any place that has moisture present. Mold works quietly, sneaking into our lives, without us recognizing its presence, until it’s too late.
Mold can grow anywhere in the house, on damp spots on carpets, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, dry wall, wood and insulation material, among others. It propagates quickly, within 24 to 48 hours in a damp spot if left unattended, and can damage your home and health. It is a dangerous contaminant.
So what services do mold removal and mold remediation professionals offer? How do they do it?
- To begin with they are very careful. They insist on wearing proper safety gear during the mold removal process – which includes you if you are present. A high filtration facemask and Neoprene or vinyl gloves are used. Professionals usually recommend a full protective suit when harsh chemicals are used.
Plastic sheeting is always used to seal off the area, to avoid dispersing mold spores through the house. Especially if there are signs of black mold.
- Blower fans and air pressure machines are used to blow the contaminated air out of the house and to introduce clean air.
- Porous, moldy building materials like insulation, baseboards and drywall have to be disposed of. It is almost impossible to restore these materials to an uncontaminated state.
Then antimicrobial chemicals are used to clean mold and the mold stains.
- A sealant is used to increase the resistance to water damage and mold, and control odors.
You may have to get your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned to eliminate the last of the mold spores and dust.
- Some mold remediation companies also provide additional services like restoration work, like a contractor does.
- Some professionals may insist on mold sampling and testing.
As per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.” (Source: EPA)