A Quick Look into the Mold Remediation Process
If I find mold, do I remove it myself?
How should mold be taken care of?
Is there a specific process to follow when removing mold?
Since mold is so common, these are questions you’re very likely to ask yourself! Mold remediation comes with safety precautions and specific steps that you should follow. Acting immediately will reduce your risk of exposure. When left alone longer, mold can become a bigger issue.
If you find mold, consider contacting a professional who specializes in mold. They will take the proper steps and precautions for safe remediation. Below are some of the steps they will follow.
Mold Inspection & Assessment of Mold Damage
Mold isn’t always obvious, especially since it can be completely invisible to the human eye. This is where a professional mold inspection is most useful. An inspection company will thoroughly scope your property with tools that will detect mold even in hidden areas. When mold spots are found, there will be an assessment and documentation of the risk and the damage done to surrounding materials.
Containment of Mold
When the mold is identified, it needs to be contained. It’s important that the mold doesn’t spread, whatever type of mold it may be. This is done using various procedures. One example is the use of negative air chambers. These are barriers that confine the affected area and create negative air pressure to stop the spread of mold spores.
Even though mold has been contained, spores have likely migrated into the surrounding air for the entire time period mold was in the home. This contaminated air needs to be filtered, since it is crucial for the safety of the house owners. Professionals will use special equipment such as HEPA vacuums to filtrate the air, preventing mold spores from migrating further.
Removal of Mold/Mold-Infested Materials & Cleaning Belongings
The mold remediation process will vary depending on the amount of mold and mold damage done. In most cases, an antifungal or antimicrobial treatment will be used. If needed, materials infested with mold will be removed or disposed of to stop further mold from growing. Contents and belongings that were affected by mold will be cleaned and sanitized … some will need to be discarded.
Restoration depends on the amount of mold damage present. If structural components were removed, restoration will be needed. This varies from case to case, but can include repairs such as carpet, painting, and drywall repair or replacement.
Mold can be a serious issue for homeowners. If you find yourself in need of help when it comes to mold, give us a call. We do professional mold testing and inspection in northern California. Cities we serve include Redding, Chico, Eureka, and more. Give us a call at 888-351-8189 or request a quote today!