It is a fact that the presence of mold in the house or in a commercial building can result into poor air quality and health problems. It is plain and simple that any visible detection of mold presence must be immediately removed and when in infested presence by a specialist from a mold removal company. When mold is already visible in your home, there is no longer need to have it pre-tested as some specialists would insist because whatever type of mold is present, the fact is it should be removed.
Understanding what mold is can help fully in understanding the mold removal process. Mold is a living, microscopic spore that can be found everywhere since it can float along the air and, therefore, everywhere can mean inside and outside building structures, window and door passages, air-con/heat systems and even on one’s clothing or on pet’s furs. Molds give off a strong and musty smell. Since a mold can thrive and grow into colonies when it is exposed to water or moisture presence is high, a recommended advice is to keep indoor humidity below 45%.
A small mold can easily be eliminated using ordinary household cleaning agents; however, if mold presence is already many and are in colonies, it is best that you hire a professional mold removal company to eliminate the mold and take preventive measures in permanently removing its presence as mold can badly affect the lungs and immune system when exposed to it in a long term basis. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
Safety of workers and occupants is the first step, avoiding exposure to the mold presence, and, therefore, workers must wear proper protective clothing while occupants must be advised to stay out of the house during the period of treatment. Assessment procedure involves documenting before and after treatment of areas in the house that have been infested by mold as well as giving recommendations as to what should be done to treat the infested area. Controlling the spread of mold in areas where there is no existing mold or less contaminated is known as contamination control. Source removal will mean physically removing the mold to where it is found and this will totally eliminate its further growth, but will also mean removing an infested drywall, infested carpet which may run the entire floor, etc. Moisture removal means eliminating and fixing the site areas where moisture is found because moisture nurtures mold growth. Once mold is physically removed from its source, any airborne spores can be further eliminated by using a HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber.