Mold, which is a microscopic fungus, grows anywhere provided there are favorable conditions: damp, humid, or warm, and they reproduce through spores. These spores are carried by air currents and start to grow whenever they land on a moist place – this can be indoors or outdoors. When it’s indoors, it’s mostly due to water damage. Provided the conditions are favorable, molds take at least 24 hours to grow and can be treacherous to property owners and corporate managers if not dealt with in time. Molds removal and remediation is the treatment and eradication of these harmful fungi.
Mold remediation and removal require trained professionals who will detect, assess, and treat the affected areas. Some molds grow in hidden places while others are exposed on the surface, hence the need for experts who will remove and prevent them from spreading to other rooms or areas. These microscopic fungi affect health and damage property. These effects include:
– Asthma attack
– Stain wall and carpets
– Allergic reaction
– Watery eyes
– Destroying building materials such as bricks
– Affect the overall efficiency of your HVAC system
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What mold remediation entails
Assessing the situation
When you suspect that your property have been infested with mold, the first thing to do is contact the relevant remediation company who will send their trained experts to assess your home. The assessment procedure involves identifying affected areas, the extent of the damage, the cause of the problem, and then they will come up with the appropriate remediation plan in order to eradicate mold.
Once mold is detected and located, the next step is to address the source of the problem and seal the affected area in order to prevent mold from spreading to other areas. During the removal process, you should stay away from the affected area and allow professionals to handle the problem. This is because they wear protective clothing and use mold spores stirred up for containment.
When cleaning moldy areas, most mold remediation companies use HEPA filtration. HEPA, which stands for “High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance”, is a type of filter which traps mold spores, pollen, and dust that cause allergy symptoms and asthma.
After filtration of the spores, mold is removed and, sometimes, the best solution is to remove the affected areas. The mold is removed by scrubbing the surface using antibacterial detergents or bleaches, which are not only environmentally friendly but also biodegradable. After this, sealants may be used to prevent moisture and mold from accumulating in the treated areas.
Cleaning the area
Accumulation of water and moisture are the source of the problem, therefore, the technician will ensure that the whole area is dry. This helps prevent future infestation. The HVAC appliances should also be switched off, cleaned, and dried to remove moisture.
Repair and replace damaged areas
Repairing damaged areas begins once all mold or contaminated items have been removed. You can repair walls and floors. It is always advisable to replace the old HVAC appliances with new ones when they are damaged in order to increase their efficiency.
After following all these steps, the technician will then test the whole place to ensure that molds are completely eradicated. You will, therefore, be advised to dry up water on the floor and ensure that your bathroom is well aerated to prevent future growth of molds.
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