How to Get Rid of Mold in House
Are you facing mold in your home? Read these tips on mold removal.
How to Get Rid of Mold in the House
When your home suffers any type of water damage or you have high humidity, you may find yourself with a mold problem. Sometimes mold can be found visibly growing in a bathroom, basement, or kitchen, but it can also remain hidden in the walls or ceiling until you begin renovations or notice a musty aroma. Removing mold from your home can be a simple job or a weeks-long project depending on the extent of the problem. Here is how professional mold remediation is conducted.
Before remediation begins, a proper assessment is important. The mold should be documented with photos and a written assessment that will be used to develop a proper remediation plan. This plan will determine when work will begin, when the remediation is scheduled to be complete, who will perform the work, and which strategies will be implemented. Because mold is not always isolated in a single area, the mold remediation company will determine the extent of the contamination.
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Stop the Water
If there is an active leak or water problem, it must be corrected before the mold is removed. Mold does not need much to flourish: a dripping pipe or water that splashes out of the bathtub can feed a large mold problem. Addressing the water problem will prevent new spores from growing.
The contaminated area will need to be sealed off from the rest of the home. In most cases, all doorways and openings will be sealed with sheeting with seams closed with duct tape. This prevents mold spores from spreading to other areas of the home when materials are disturbed.
Negative pressure will be used in the work area to allow air to flow into the space but not out. This is important to prevent mold spores from spreading.
Remove Contaminated Materials
All moldy and wet building materials will be carefully removed from the property in sealed bags. Any contaminated materials that cannot be sufficiently cleaned must be removed after they have been lightly sprayed to reduce the risk of spores getting dispersed. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is used while cutting into contaminated drywall and other materials.
All materials that can be cleaned will be thoroughly cleaned with detergent and a fungicide. Non-porous materials like countertops and bathtubs are first scrubbed. When mold has affected porous materials that can’t be removed like wall studs, as much mold as possible will be removed. This may require sanding wood to remove the mold. In these cases, encapsulation is also necessary. Once the mold is removed as much as possible and the surface is treated with fungicide, it will be encapsulated with a product that is applied like paint to seal any remaining mold so it cannot spread.
The final step of mold removal is completing any necessary repairs. This may involve replacing carpet, drywall, baseboard, and other building materials that could not be cleaned. How long these repairs will take depends on the extent of the mold problem. Because mold is often discovered during renovations, these repairs may already be planned and may not add much to the actual mold removal cost.