It is a fact that the presence of mold in the house or in a commercial building can result into poor air quality and health problems. Once mold is visibly detected, regardless of what type it is, it must be immediately removed, if possible by professional specialists from a mold removal company. There is no need to waste money for pre-testing mold presence when it is plain to see that mold is found living inside your home.
Understanding what mold is can help fully in understanding the mold removal process. Biologically described as a spore, mold, being microscopic in nature, can easily float in the air and, thus, its presence can be found everywhere whether inside or outside houses, door and window passages, on pets, on human clothes and even in the airways of air-con/heating units. Its presence can also be felt coming from its strong, musty odor. Since a mold can thrive and grow into colonies when it is exposed to water or moisture presence is high, a recommended advice is to keep indoor humidity below 45%.
A small mold can easily be eliminated using ordinary household cleaning agents; however, if mold presence is already many and are in colonies, it is best that you hire a professional mold removal company to eliminate the mold and take preventive measures in permanently removing its presence as mold can badly affect the lungs and immune system when exposed to it in a long term basis. Mold removal companies normally follow 5 steps to removing mold: safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal, and moisture removal.
As a safety measure, before starting the removal operation, mold removal workers must wear the proper protective gear and house occupants are advised to stay out of the house during the treatment period. Assessment procedure involves documenting before and after treatment of areas in the house that have been infested by mold as well as giving recommendations as to what should be done to treat the infested area. Controlling the spread of mold in areas where there is no existing mold or less contaminated is known as contamination control. Physically removing the mold at its source is the best and effective treatment for the mold to be eliminated in the area; therefore, this process may entail removal of a mold-infested carpet, removing an infested drywall, and others. Finally, by addressing the problem of moisture, which is the cause of the mold presence, the entire house will be free of mold, therefore, this can take the removal and repair of places in the house where there is always a moisture leakage. Using the HEPA (High Efficiency particulate Air) air scrubber, any airborne mold spores in the house can be further eliminated.