Mold is a fungus that consists of small organisms. Mold can be found anywhere and can be black, white, orange, green or purple. Mold thrives on moisture. Examples of where it can be found are leaking pipes, damp basements, around window frames or damaged roofs.
Mold can be removed by a mold removal company or by you. If you want to remove mold yourself, it will require several steps such as learning about moisture. Documenting the mold problem and creating a remediation plan is the next step.
Remediation of mold contamination involves repairing the water problem, isolating the contaminated area, suppressing dust and removing all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
Additional steps are discarding all wet and mold materials in plastic bags, ensuring that they are closed and cleaning all non-porous materials and wood surfaces. Dry all materials that have been cleaned and replace all materials that were discarded from the moldy areas.
The last step is to determine if the clean up has been successful.
Success would mean that the moisture problem has been fixed and that there is no sign of visible mold anywhere. If you choose to hire a mold remediation company, they will perform a step-by-step process to ensure that all mold is removed and cleaned. They also include HVAC cleaning. In addition, they may also repair and restore savable items.
The first step your mold remediation company will do is to make a mold assessment. The next step, if needed, is taking samples. This is done if anyone in your home is experiencing health problems such as having difficulty breathing.
Water damage restoration is the next process. The mold remediation company will find and seal off any water source before going to the next step. To find hidden leaks they will use scanners and probes.
Then, the mold remediation company will dispose of items that are beyond repair. Items that are disposed of are pillows, mattresses and drywall. Drying is the next step. Drying will prevent the mold from spreading further.
Once surfaces have dried out, the company will clean off items that need cleaning. Dry vacuuming and HEPA vacuuming is done to remove mold from the air as well as debris and dust. When the cleaning process is done, repair and restoration will be performed by the company. Before the mold remediation company leaves, they will give a debriefing on how to prevent mold from coming back.
To conclude, Mold is a fungus that consists of small organisms. Talk with a mold remediation company and find out more.