Updated: Feb 22, 2019
Having mold in your home can cause unpleasant smells, unsightly spots on walls, ceilings, and floors; and being exposed to mold can cause an array of health issues. Some mold issues are more serious than others, and knowing the extent of a mold problem requires an evaluation from a mold assessor.
In the event that you do have a serious mold issue, a mold remediation treatment can help you get your life back to normal and living in a healthy home once again. Below is a description of what takes place when a mold remediation team is working.
Step #1 – The mold problem is investigated.
The mold remediation team will begin first by locating the where the mold originated. This step is crucial so the primary problem area can be repaired. If the team focused only on removing the existing mold without fixing the main issue, most likely mold regrowth would occur. At this step on the process, any information you provide to the mold remediation team will be helpful and perhaps speed up the process.
Step #2 – A mold remediation plan is devised.
After the mold remediation team has located the area(s) that mold began developing, they will proceed to determine the extent of the mold problem. The plan for mold removal is highly based on determining everywhere the mold has spread to. If only parts of your home are affected, those designated areas will be cleaned.
The plan will consist of repair of what caused the issue, blocking off the sections of the house that are contaminated, and everything involved in the complete removal of the mold. At this point, you should receive a quote for costs and timeframe of completion.
Step #3 – The mold is removed.
Typically, once the removal process begins, it can be completed within a matter of days. Of course, this is dependent on the square footage area that is being cleaned, and to what extend mold has grown. It is vital that all mold is cleaned in its entirety which may involve flooring, walls, ceilings, foundations, attics, and ventilation systems. Upon completion of the mold removal, the air will be tested for verification it no longer exists.
Mold has the ability to contaminate structures, surfaces, and may appear in various areas. The mold remediation team assesses the problem to determine the extent of contamination and acts accordingly. The department of health has specific guidelines that must be adhered to in the treatment of mold, which are based on level of contamination and the affected area’s square footage.
Serious mold issues can be rectified when handled appropriately and the sooner you take action, the better it will be for you, your family, and your home.