While some molds can be removed using bleach or cleaning products, mold that has been set into porous and carbon-containing materials such as drywall, carpeting, and wood must be remediated by an expert. While wiping the top layer of mold away makes the surface look safe, the mold’s thread-like cells – known as hyphae – are still rooted within the material, leading to resurfacing of the mold. In this case, hiring an abatement team is your best option. To understand the subsequent steps, let’s review what to expect during the mold remediation process.
Step One: Mold Inspection
The first step of the mold remediation process begins with an inspection. The abatement company will need to determine the source of the moisture that caused the mold growth, the type of mold present, and the extent to the growth. This information will inform them of the type of remediation required.
Step Two: Sealing the Mold
In the right conditions, mold will grow and spread rapidly. An experienced remediation team will act quickly to seal the affected area to prevent further damage and contamination. The team will typically envelop the room in plastic covering and – similar to the asbestos abatement process – will create negative air pressure and use a HEPA filter to purify the air.
Step Three: Moisture Control
Moisture is a driving force for mold growth. Therefore, moisture and other environmental conditions that breed mold growth must be controlled. Expert remediation teams will extract standing water, use dehumidifiers, and apply a variety of other methods to ensure there are no remaining sources of moisture.
Step Four: Mold Removal
After the affected area is completely dry, the team will use a HEPA vacuum on all surfaces. The filters in these vacuums are fine enough to remove the microscopic mold spores from the area. Upon completion, all are washed and dried. However, depending on the type of mold, depth of surface penetration, and extent of water damage, construction materials like drywall may need to be completely removed from the home.
Step Five: Clean Up
Part of the mold remediation process includes cleaning your furnace and duct systems to ensure they’re free of mold. If these components are not properly cleaned, they can spread mold to other areas of your home.
The reason the mold remediation process requires so many steps is that mold tends to penetrate construction materials and to take root long term. That’s why it’s important to hire a company with decades of experience. At Fiber Control, Inc., we’re trusted experts in mold remediation as well as other hazardous materials. If you need a reliable company to handle your mold problems, contact us today.