What Is Mold Remediation And Why Is It Important?
It’s safe to say that mold remediation is never an easy endeavor. Once it has been determined that mold is present within a structure, there are several steps that must be taken in order to remove it and prevent any recurrence of it. In order to effectively remove mold, you need to find the source. In most cases, this is best left in the hands of a professional service. If you decide to do the job yourself, it is very important to prepare and protect yourself before you start the process.
If moisture, water, or water vapor is present, this provides toxic mold with a perfect breeding ground. Homes that were built with basements and crawl spaces are extremely prone to developing mold. They are also subject to extensive water damage and extremely expensive repairs if steps are not taken to protect the structure against these issues. It is imperative that that you locate the source of any water leaks or seepage if you are going to remove mold completely and prevent its return.
The biggest concerns regarding the growth of mold are the personal health and safety issues that can arise or how it aggravates existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD. Mold remediation is viewed as a safeguard against these issues. It is also the primary reason for hiring a professional service and having it cleaned up and removed. The most significant feature about toxic mold is that it can start growing within a 24 to 48-hour period from the time that moisture is present.
If you decide to tackle the problem without the help of a professional, you need to take certain precautions before getting started. This includes covering all exposed skin areas and wearing a filter mask, goggles, and a heavy duty pair of rubber gloves. You should also seal off the contaminated area so no mold spores escape and infect a different area in the home. Once you have finished cleaning up the mold, you should be aware that whatever came into contact with the mold is now contaminated.
Once you have finished, all contaminated items need to be enclosed in sealable plastic bags and removed in order to prevent recontamination. Just keep in mind that if the contamination is too widespread, you should hire a professional mold remediation service rather than attempting to do the job yourself. These individuals are very knowledgeable of the different remediation methods that are used to rid the area of mold and will usually guarantee their work against the recurrence of future contamination.
For the most part, the use of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) and wet vacuums as well as using a disinfectant and damp wiping are used in the mold remediation process. Anything made from a porous material will have to be discarded as it will most likely be contaminated as well. Depending on the severity of the contamination, the process could take as little as a few hours up to several days. Finally, make sure that you do not remove the protective seal from the area until it has had sufficient time to dry.
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