Mold Remediation, Testing, Removal After Water Damage

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Mold Prevention Tips

  • Controlling moisture levels is vital — keeping your home, building or office dry and clean will prevent mold growth
  • If any area becomes wet due to an accident or other reason, dry wet or damp them within 48 hours
  • Leaky plumbing and any other leakage (from damaged roofs for instance) should be fixed first. Pay attention to condensation buildup as well as wet spots.
  • Increasing the surface temperature or reducing the humidity can fix moisture problems.
  • You can increase the surface temperature by increasing the circulation of air and better insulating.
  • To reduce the levels of moisture in the air you should increase the ventilation but only if the air outside is dry and cold. You can use a dehumidifier. Repairing leaks is a must.
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Dryers and other appliances that can cause an increase of moisture levels should be used outside, whenever that is possible.
  • Indoor humidity levels should be below 60% RH, 30 to 50 % ideally.
  • Make sure that the building is checked regularly and HVAC inspections and maintenance are regularly performed.
  • If you don’t have any experience in fixing leaking roofs, bad plumbing or any other home/building repairs, you should not attempt to fix them yourself. Instead, hire professionals to make the repairs for you.
  1. Prevention is always better, this involves doing things right the first time.
  2. If you couldn’t prevent it, you should take action immediately

What is mold?

Mold is everywhere, in nature it grows on dead organic matter but for us it becomes visible only when the situation has grown out control and the fungi have formed a large colony — mycelium. Unlike other colonies, mycelium is actually one big organism which consists of interconnected networks of hyphae.

How does mold harm your health?

Left unchecked, mold damages not only the surfaces it grows on, but it can be a serious problem for your health as well. Prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory infections, the onset of fungal allergy and if you have a condition like asthma — that can be made a lot worse.

What Mold Needs to Grow

Fungi are resilient and resourceful. Mold needs only 2 things to grow — moisture and food, the latter being less important for the indoor growth of mold.

  • Roof leaks
  • Condensation due to cold spots or increased humidity
  • Slow leaks in plumbing fixtures
  • Humidification and sprinkler systems

Mold remediation and removal procedures

There are a lot of methods available to mold removing companies here in Greensville when it comes to remediating damage to buildings and homes which are caused by moisture problems. What procedure is selected depends on the size of the moldy area as well as the type of materials that are contaminated. Additional factor is your budget.

Wet Vacuum

This is done by using wet or water-extracting vacuums. They are often used to remove the build-up of water on floors, carpets, other hard surfaces. However, they should only be used when those materials and surfaces are still wet. If not — they may spread the mold spores, making things a lot harder to deal with.

Damp Wipe

In less severe cases, mold can be removed from hard surfaces by just wiping or scrubbing with water and some detergent. Make sure that you always follow the cleaning instructions on the labels. If you’re using damp wiping to remove the mold, you should dry the surface immediately and thoroughly to prevent further mold growth. You may have to throw away whatever you used to wipe the mold off — porous materials that are wet can be a source for future mold growth.

HEPA Vacuum

The use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuums is recommended in the final clean up of the remediation areas, only after all of the materials have been dried and any contaminated material — removed. Materials which are contaminated with mold and can’t be salvaged should be double-bagged in a 6-mil or thicker bags made of polyethylene. Those bags can be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Make sure that you’ve packaged the materials and sealed them well before removing them — this is an important preventive step from spreading the mold spores elsewhere in the building. Large objects like couches should be completely covered with polyethylene sheeting and sealed with duct tape before removing them from the area.

Completing Mold Remediation — Fix the water problem and clean up the mold

Sometimes, for inspecting and cleaning mold under homes, crawl space encapsulation may be necessary. This is achieved by the installation of a crawl space vapor barrier which are at least 6 millimeters thick, covering the ground underneath completely. If you have crawl space insulation — that may have to be removed for an effective mold remediation procedure.

  1. Completely fix moisture and water problems first
  2. Hire a mold removal company to safely and thoroughly clean your home or office/building.
  3. If the experts have sampled, the concentration of mold and spores in the building should be similar to those outside after the cleanup activities are over.
  4. The company you hired should offer you a follow-up inspection shortly after the remediation.
  5. After all that, you should be able to safely return to your home or workplace.
  6. Keep in mind, mold is extremely hard to remove, and complete removal is almost impossible, so at the end of the day it’s a judgement call by the mold inspection and removal specialist in Greenville, there is no easy solution. Sometimes, more than one procedure is required.

Mold Prevention

As I said before, the main preventative measure you can make to avoid mold is keeping your home and furnishings dry. If something goes wet for some reason — dry it quickly, within 48 hours. Routine repairs and maintenance is recommended. Often mold starts to spread first in places where we don’t usually look often.

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