Mold Remediation – What is it?
Mold remediation (or mold removal) involves an expert assessment of a mold problem and its severity, removal of the mold, and repairing any structural damage that was caused by the mold infestation. Throughout the process, the source of the problem is eliminated so the mold does not return again.
Most people know of so-called “black mold” (Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys atra) and the health problems it can cause. Not all mold that looks black is true Stachybotrys mold, but any mold in your home can be harmful to your health. A professional mold remediation company can eliminate the problem for you.
Mold remediation can be broken down into a two-phase process:
Phase I (Abatement): First, the water and food-source issues must be addressed. Mold remediation begins by discovering where the mold is located, and what created the conditions that allow the mold to grow. Very often the cause is groundwater seepage, plumbing leaks or gutter problems. There’s no sense in removing the mold until you remove the conditions that let it grow.
During the abatement phase, a mold remediation team may seal off the affected area with plastic and tape. This stops the spread of the mold and any potential effects of the spores. In attics, this may include correcting any ventilation defects, and removing and replacing insulation. In finished basements, this may include removing damaged carpets and sheet rock.
Phase II (Cleaning): After the deficiencies are corrected, the existing mold is removed. This is usually done with high-pressure hoses and biocide. (Be sure to ask if the professional’s products are environmentally friendly!)
Finally, any damage caused by the mold infestation is repaired. This may included porous material such as wood framing, sheet rock, insulation and carpeting. These materials must be removed and/or treated so that the mold will not return.
Be sure that your mold remediation experts are up-to-date on industry standards and local regulations. And ask them if they provide a mold removal guarantee (like we do).
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