Do you have mold in your home? Consistent and prolonged exposure to mold spores can result in various health issues. These include worsened asthma symptoms, breathing problems, increased or unexplained allergies, and much more.
Mold infestations often run deeper than many people realize. Professional mold remediation is the only effective way to truly get rid of a mold infestation and reap the benefits of long term results.
Ensuring successful mold removal
The following are the basic principles that professional companies apply to ensure safe and effective mold remediation.
The first thing that a professional contractor will do is to ensure the safety of both the occupants of the home as that of their workers. The occupants of the home may be required to vacate the home during the remediation. This however depends on the extent of the infestation. They will also ensure that safety measures are taken including wearing personal protective equipment.
- Assessment of the infestation
A preliminary assessment should be done before any work begins. This will help the contractors determine what type of mold they’re dealing with and how deep the infestation is. Further assessments should be done during and after the remediation to assess the success of the exercise.
- Control of contamination
It is important to prevent cross-contamination as well as the spread of mold from the contaminated area to other parts of the home. The contractors control the spread of mold spores using physical barriers as well as exhaust fans with HEPA filters.
Controlling contamination ensures that the infestation is contained and doesn’t spread to other parts of the home. This prevents future infestations from being established.
This involves the physical removal of contaminated material. This may include furniture as well as structural bits that have been contaminated and cannot be cleaned. It also includes the removal of mold fruiting bodies from contaminated surfaces.
- Dealing with moisture
It involves resolving moisture issues in the home. This is important to prevent future mold outbreaks. Examples of this include waterproofing basements and ventilating the home.
The five basic principles outlined above are applicable no matter what type of mold you’re dealing with. Professional mold remediation contractors always apply these principles for the best results with mold removal. Use these principles to determine whether the contractor you want to hire will provide you with good value for your money.