So how does mold remediation work? It’s a complicated process that involves many steps. Those steps are customized to every job, so there’s no firm answer to exactly how mold removal is done. But here is some general information about how the process can be accomplished.
First, it is imperative to remove the source of moisture that is allowing the mold to grow. New mold can begin to grow on a moist and porous surface within as little as a day or two. But it can be prevented by stopping the source of water or moisture. Once this is accomplished, additional actions can be taken.
The safest and most effective way to clean up mold is to physically remove it with a detergent solution. There are commercially available products for this purpose. To be effective, the product used by you or your professional mold remediators needs to contain an antifungal agent approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
When mold growth is widespread and in significant quantity, the best bet is to have experts do the job for you. When you try to tackle it yourself, you may not get it all and may end up spreading spores into the air. In extreme cases where mold grows throughout a building, the most cost-effective way to get rid of the problem may be to condemn the building and start all over.
But that probably won’t be necessary at your home or office. Instead, professional mold removal specialists can take actions that involves some or all of the following:
Throwing away items that can’t be saved. When an item is thoroughly contaminated, the best idea may be throw it away. There’s simple no better way to get this mold source out of the way.
Cleaning items that can be saved. There’s a process for cleaning almost any kind of material. For example, some mold remediators specialize in fabric renewal.
HVAC system cleaning. Mold spores in heating and air conditioning ductwork can spread the infestation throughout a building. While mold occurs in low concentration in most air, it’s important to remove as much as possible from your home or building’s ducts for the best possible indoor air quality.
Dry agitation. Simply brushing or sanding, dry agitation is used to get rid of microbial growth on solid surfaces that are porous, like wood.
Dry-ice blasting. Used primarily for concrete and wood, dry-ice blasting can release mold into the surrounding air so it is most often used outside and not always the best choice when mold containment is required.
Wet vacuuming. Approved by the EPA, this is simply a way of sucking up wet material and containing it before disposing of it properly.
Of course, dry vacuuming and simply wiping a surface down is also among the tools of mold remeditators.
If it’s time to tackle the mold problem at your home or office, call Orange Restoration. With a team of professionals and the very latest equipment, we can put and end to your mold problems and also handle water damage restoration and many other things for you. What can we do for you? Call (619) 376-6838