When a mold problem is identified in your home or business, it is essential to act quickly with a mold-remediation plan to avoid the health risks and property damage associated with indoor mold growth.
Before you try to tackle the problem yourself, consider the following: Bleach removes initial growth but doesn’t do anything about the underlying problem. Using UV light or drying has only temporary benefits and can actually harm people and pets, not to mention wood surfaces. Also, don’t be fooled into thinking that mold-resistant means mold-proof. It does not.
A successful removal plan involves more than just the removal of mold. To prevent future contamination, it is essential to first correct the underlying moisture problem. Look for signs of water damage resulting from plumbing leaks, condensation, moisture-generating appliances and cracks of moisture intrusion.
Once the source of moisture has been permanently removed, assess the extent of contamination to determine how best to proceed with the removal. Commission a Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) or a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to get a professional assessment of possible contamination. How long has the problem moisture been present? What materials and systems may be contaminated? Because indoor mold growth may not be obvious, it important to thoroughly assess the entire area for hidden mold.
The process of mold removal may depend upon the size of the affected area and the level of contamination. Available methods include:
Any remediation process should include careful containment of mold-contaminated materials. This will help prevent further contamination, as mold spores may become airborne during cleanup.
Once mold remediation is complete, adopt preventative strategies and act promptly at the first signs of moisture infiltration or water damage.
Remember, unchecked mold growth can be costly to your health and property. If you have any doubts before beginning a remediation project, it may be best to seek professional services rather than to do it alone.