The aim of mold remediation is to get rid of mold and prevent the potential harm of mold to human beings and property. It is important to clean up mold contamination in addition to killing the mold. This is because dead mold still has the potential to cause allergies or is toxic. The mold remediation exercise should also be carried out in such a manner that the technicians doing the work are protected from the mold and mold spores.
A mold remediation exercise involves a number of activities as discussed below.
- Visual inspection and air quality testing
It is necessary to inspect a home for the presence of water and moisture, which is the cause of the growth of mold. Visual inspection is done using infrared technology to determine the areas that are wet or that have high moisture levels. Visual inspection also involves looking at surfaces such as walls, floors, drywalls, basements, and other areas for visible signs of mold.
Visual inspection is followed by an assessment of the quality of air. Air quality assessment involves taking samples of air from various places in a home and checking the air for spores, mold particles, and other factors that can be used to determine the presence and level of spread of mold.
- Mold eradication
Once the level of spread of mold has been determined, certified mold removal technicians use a wide range of ways to restore the indoor environment to the normal ecological level.
Biocides are applied in all areas that have mold to kill the fungi. Since biocides are toxic to human beings, care should be taken when using them. For instance, fungicides that have been designed for use outdoors should not be used indoors. Mold-damaged materials that cannot be salvaged are also removed for safe disposal.
Mold removal technicians should always wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and eye protection devices. The core use of personal protective gear is to protect individuals from inhaling air that is contaminated with mold and to ensure that the mold does not come into contact with the skin.
- Mold containment
The aim of containment during mold remediation work is to restrict the release of mold into the air and the surrounding areas. Mold and moldy materials should not be allowed to other areas beyond the contaminated site.
- Post remediation assessment
Once the mold remediation work has been completed, it is necessary for a company that provides testing services to carry out tests to determine whether the exercise was successful.
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