If you find yourself faced with every homeowner's nightmare—a mold infestation in your home—it is crucial to engage the services of a qualified mold removal company (also called mold remediation companies). Professionals should be called in if the problem is the result of a sudden event such as a flood or hurricane that affects a large part of your house. Mold can begin growing within hours, and you need quick action to avoid trouble. A good mold removal company will provide mold containment, mold filtration, mold removal, cleanup, and testing at the completion of the job. This article will highlight the main tasks a company should perform on your home in the event of an outbreak.
Immediate Containment and Isolation
The company should first address the areas that have been contaminated and isolate them from the rest of the house, as mold spreads very quickly by releasing spores into the air. These spores will land on any area that is moist and will support them. Once contained, the company will next address the air quality.
Addressing Air Quality
Along with the spores that are sent into the air to reproduce the colony, mold also gives off gases during its digestive process. This is what creates the musty smell you notice immediately upon entering a space that has a problem. Depending on the type of mold, these gases can be toxic and can cause various health problems if inhaled. The company should install HEPA air filters and negative air machines to address these issues.
Mold Removal and Cleanup
The actual mold removal and cleanup can begin next, where besides cleaning up the mold, contaminated materials such as furniture, wallboard, and carpets that cannot be cleaned are removed. These materials need to be removed to prevent the problem from returning.
Once the job has been completed, the company should test the air quality, as well as test to verify mold is still not present in the affected areas. In some cases, samples may need to be sent to a laboratory to confirm the type and make sure the correct cleaning methods are used.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need a professional mold removal company (anything over 10 square feet of an outbreak), confirm they perform the basic steps, as well as checking the company out with the local better business bureau. Your house's long-term health requires an immediate response.