8 Steps Necessary for Successful Mold Removal
Are you planning to invest in mold removal services? You may be curious as to what steps should be taken to ensure the mold is removed successfully. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the removal of mold from the home, there are general steps that remediation professionals follow to ensure successful removal. These include those listed below:
- Determine the cause of the infestation
Mold infestations occur in environments with high moisture levels. You, therefore, have to identify the source of water that is causing the mold infestation first. This will help you resolve the moisture issue and therefore prevent future contamination.
With the source of moisture identified, the contractor can proceed to create a work plan to get rid of the mold.
- Identify the species of mold
It is important to determine what species of mold is present in the home. This will help to determine the best method of removal as well as whether additional safety measures ought to be considered for the remediation process.
- Determining the scope of the work
Once the contractor has identified the type of mold they are dealing with and how widespread the infestation is, they can determine the scope of the work. This involves providing safety protocols where required as well as identifying the best and safest way to remove the mold.
- Containment of contaminated areas
Areas that are contaminated are closed off from those that aren’t. These areas are monitored for cross contamination. This is because the mold removal process can result in the dispersion of mold spores.
HEPA filtration equipment is also installed at this stage to prevent cross-contamination.
- Mold removal
This stage involves the removal of contaminated and damaged material such as drywall, underlay and carpet. Porous material that has been exposed to mold is also removed and disposed of.
- Removal of odors
Mold can cause an offensive odor. Removal of this odor is necessary as part of the restoration process. Contractors often apply air cleaners or specialized treatments to get rid of bad odors.
When all signs of contamination are removed, the area is cleaned thoroughly. This may involve the use of antimicrobial treatments as well as HEPA vacuuming of surfaces that are porous.
This final step is vital for successful removal. It involves inspection and testing after the remediation has been completed. This ensures that the remediation was successful. Specialized instruments are used for air and surface sampling.
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