Mold Removal - How to deal with Dangerous
Mold Removal is at the forefront of everyones minds
lately and so it should. There are numerous articles
and news stories about mold in an indoor environment
and the health hazards it can create. Sometimes questions
arise, such as: What should I do when mold is growing
in my home? Does it matter what kind of mold it is?
How can I help ensure it will not come back?
Mold is the term used to describe a very large group
of fungi. Molds are vital to the earth's ecosystem,
aiding in the decomposition of dead organic materials.
They grow wherever there is moisture - both indoors
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC),
microscopic mold spores are everywhere, in the air and
on surfaces. The CDC states: "Mold growth, which
often looks like spots, can be many different colors,
and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a
health risk may be present. You do not need to know
the type of mold growing in your home. The CDC does
not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds.
No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove
it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly,
either because of the amount or type of mold, you cannot
rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk.
Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards
for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity
of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove
the mold and work to prevent future growth… If mold
is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold
and fix the moisture problem."
Based on the CDC recommendation, anytime you find mold
in your home, you should locate and fix the source of
the moisture (such as a leaky pipe or seepage around
a window), otherwise mold will return after its removal.
If the area of mold contamination is large (more than
about ten square feet), or if you are concerned with
the health risks dealing with mold, consult a trained
professional, such as PuroClean®, to clean the mold
and remove necessary materials or items.
PuroClean professionals have the training, expertise,
and state-of-the-science metering and drying equipment
to completely remove the mold from the indoor environment.
They can also help with project assessment, providing
guidance on the best course of action.
Mold removal professionals will set up a containment
area around the mold and begin a negative-air, or an
air-scrubbing operation, depending on the circumstance.
This helps ensure that mold spores are not disturbed
during removal, which might contaminate other areas
of the structure. Technicians will have the necessary
training and inoculations, and will use Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) to enhance safety.
PuroClean mold removal professionals will attempt to
clean and dry mold-contaminated materials to help prevent
recurrence. If materials cannot be satisfactorily cleaned,
or if they need to be removed to access other moldy
materials, a professional will take them down to structural
lumber. All materials removed are placed in plastic
bags and taken out of the structure. This ensures there
is no cross-contamination with other areas during the
process. Once the moldy material is outside in nature,
it simply becomes trash and can go to a normal landfill.
Often, the final step is to apply a sealant that will
help prevent the return of mold to those surfaces. A
professional will always perform an air-sample clearance
test to confirm the success of the operation.
Regardless of the circumstances - dealing with mold,
responding to water damage or fire/smoke damage-call
your local PuroClean office, the Paramedics of Property
Damage™. For all property damage situations, these professionals
are standing by. They will mitigate the loss to prevent
further damage and will then provide restoration services
to return the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly
as possible. All PuroClean offices have well-trained
professional technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science
services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke,
mold, and other disasters.