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. 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. Biologically described as a spore, mold, being microscopic in nature, can easily float in the air and, thus, its presence can be found everywhere whether inside or outside houses, door and window passages, on pets, on human clothes and even in the airways of air-con/heating units. When you smell something musty in a damp place in the house, expect that a mold is present there. 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. Basically, there are 5 steps to successfully 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. 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. Controlling the spread of mold in areas where there is no existing mold or less contaminated is known as contamination control. The second to the last step is physical removal of the mold found at its source and this means removing entirely a mold-infested carpet, removing an infested drywall, etc. and perform treatment and repair. Finally, by addressing the problem of moisture, which is the cause of the mold presence, the entire house will be free of mold, therefore, this can take the removal and repair of places in the house where there is always a moisture leakage. Aside from moisture removal, the mold removal company will end up the treatment process with a HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber to also remove airborne mold spores in the house.