Mold remediation is a big phrase with a simple meaning. Through a multi-step process, trained professionals inspect, contain, clean up, and sanitize your home or business. You would be wise to hire mold remediation specialists if you have extensive mold in any area of your home.
Mold grows best in damp, dark areas, including:
You may smell mold before you see it. It gives off sort of a damp, musty smell. You may be able to follow your nose to locate a mold colony. If it’s in your attic, you may not know it until a service provider is up there, or you go to sell your home and an inspector finds it.
Visible mold in your shower or bathroom is probably something you can take care of yourself with household cleaners. It becomes an issue for professionals when the mold growth is extensive, has gotten into drywall, carpeting, covers a ceiling or basement wall, or is in the attic.
Why You Need Mold Remediation Specialists
You may be tempted to save some money and try and remove mold yourself. However, it’s a specialized field, and not having the proper training or equipment can spell trouble. Breathing in mold spores can be hazardous to your health. Check out some mold FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for more information.
In addition, it’s important to address the cause of a mold outbreak to keep it from happening again. This can include fixing a leaky pipe, basement waterproofing, and addressing humidity issues. Mold remediation specialists have the training and expertise to perform the needed steps quickly and efficiently, while protecting the health and safety of anyone who uses the building.
The Mold Remediation Process
As we mentioned, mold remediation is a multi-step process that includes:
The first step is a professional mold inspection and damage assessment. The inspector will use a special device that measures mold spore count. They will also take samples to determine what kind of mold it is.
A mold remediation team will then seal off the affected area to prevent it from spreading into other areas of your home or business. This includes sealing the HVAC vents in the area.
The team will put high efficiency HEPA air filters into your HVAC unit to help clear mold spores out of the air throughout the building.
Next, the team removes mold contaminated materials such as drywall, carpeting, and anything with deep mold growth. They will remove mold from non-porous surfaces such as tile and fiberglass by wiping them down with an approved biocide.
Clothing, bedding, curtains, furniture and similar items will be cleaned and sanitized in with a hot water deep clean. The team may also use fogging equipment at this stage.
Once the cause of the mold has been addressed and the mold has been removed, it is safe to restore the property. This can include replacing drywall, carpeting, and other materials that had to be torn out and disposed of. Once all of these steps are complete, the process is done, and your home or business can get back to normal.
Contact Us for Water Damage Restoration Services
Mold remediation is just one part of overall water damage restoration. Mold only grows where there has been water damage or water intrusion, such as in a damp basement. We work with other tradespeople to help ensure your space is mold-free and waterproofed if necessary to ensure you can get your home or business back to normal.
Call us today at 410.515.1410 to schedule services, or 410-241-0820 if this is a water emergency. We serve homeowners and businesses throughout Harford County, Baltimore County, and Cecil County.