Any mold presence inside a house or office building results into poor quality of air inside and, thus, may further result into health problems among dwellers. Immediate action must be done once mold presence is visibly detected in the house or in the building and hiring a specialist should expertly remove all traces of mold. There is no need to waste money for pre-testing mold presence when it is plain to see that mold is found living inside your home.
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%.
Mold can be easily removed with ordinary household cleaning products, but when there is an extensive mold presence in the house, it is advisable calling in a professional mold removal company, because disturbing big mold infestations can be bad for the health, especially the lungs, and can weakened our immune system. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
As a safety measure, before starting the removal operation, mold removal workers must wear the proper protective gear and house occupants are advised to stay out of the house during the treatment period. The before and after assessment makes use of documenting through photos taken on the mold growth in the various parts of the house and recommendations as to how to treat them and, after treatment, again another documentation is done keeping track of what extent has been treated, cleaned and repaired. Contamination control is part of the mold removal steps, which is to introduce treatment to areas that are either without presence of mold or less contaminated by mold so as to prevent its spread on those areas. Physically removing the mold at its source is the best and effective treatment for the mold to be eliminated in the area; therefore, this process may entail removal of a mold-infested carpet, removing an infested drywall, and others. The last step is to eliminate the moisture problem that is a source and cause of the mold outbreak and this could mean fixing or repairing the site where moisture is traced. 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.