You wake up and look around at the carpet you just had cleaned professionally a few days ago. Ah, how nice! Then, you take a deep breath and cough a little. There’s a musty smell, and it’s emanating from the carpet.
What do you do? Is it time for mold remediation?
Mold is helpful when it’s outdoors since it breaks down dead organic material, such as the fall leaves you mulched with the lawnmower or that old tree that fell in the forest behind your house.
When mold is indoors, though, you need mold remediation services. Let’s discuss those and what they do.
What Is Mold Remediation?
Let’s begin by talking about mold—what is it and where and how it grows. Mold is a fungus that manifests in various colors, though black mold is probably the most widely spoken about due to its reputation for toxicity.
Mold thrives in moist areas and produces tiny spores that dissipate through the air. Mold is generally harmless in small amounts. However, when the spores find a moist environment, they will land and grow colonies there.
That’s when mold becomes a problem—for health, breathing, and overall cleanliness.
Mold Remediation Certification
The legal definition of mold remediation is “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.”
In short, mold remediation is about keeping naturally-occurring household mold under control by using available resources from routine cleaning to professional mold remediation services.
If you have less than three square feet of mold in your home, it should be all right to try and remove it yourself, using substances like vinegar, bleach, and borax. Remember, though, the key is to eliminate the source of the moisture.
Suppose the area is larger than a square-yard or the problem returns. In that case, you should call a mold remediation company with a mold-remediation certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Our society needs mold remediation services more than ever before. It’s is because our homes are sealed more tightly than they used to be due to our well-intentioned energy conservation efforts. We also keep our homes a bit chillier on average.
How Is Mold Remediation Different From Mold Removal?
We’ll begin and end here by saying that “mold removal” is a term used by businesses that are dishonest or naïve.
Mold is present throughout the natural environment, and its visibility in our homes means that it has found favorable conditions there.
So, while you can remediate mold, you can’t make it go away any more than you can make the air or the soil go away. Again, mold remediation is about keeping indoor mold under control, not making it go away (since that’s impossible).
What Happen During Professional Mold Remediation?
Are you wondering what happens during professional mold remediation? The following are the steps professional, certified companies always follow:
1. Take Care of the Moisture Source
- Identify and repair the moisture source that caused the mold growth.
- Dry out the area and restore the humidity to a healthy level.
2. Contain the Mold
- Contain the mold before disturbing it. This prevents its further spread.
- Construct a containment area from protective plastic sheeting.
- Create negative airflow from the affected space to remove mold spores from the air.
3. Remove and Dispose of Contaminated Materials
- Bag all contaminated, non-structural materials (such as drywall, floor coverings, or insulation) and properly dispose of them.
4. Clean and Treat the Affected Area
- Treat surface mold with an eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaner to allow for further mold removal.
- For larger or more densely affected areas, use a wire brush or high-pressure baking soda-blasting.
- Vacuum the cleaned area using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
- Wipe the area thoroughly with microfiber cloths and an anti-microbial product.
- Spray the anti-microbial on all surfaces as a final protective measure.
5. Have the Treated Area Inspected
- Arrange for a certified indoor air quality inspector from a third party company to test the surfaces air for any lingering mold.
What Is a Mold Remediation Calculator?
A mold remediation cost calculator is a tool provided by various commercial entities to help homeowners calculate the cost of mold remediation based on the area needing treatment.
These can be helpful since, on average, professional mold remediation costs $500 to $6,000. A professional mold inspection, which is recommended, adds a bit to this figure. Mold remediation costs can go even higher if the problem worsens.
You should estimate the amount of mold damage so that you’re not in total shock when you see the bill for the mold remediation. Also, knowing ahead of time might give you time to do some of the preparatory work yourself.
If you do, proceed with care. PPE isn’t only to protect you from the danger of COViD-19.
Attic Mold Remediation
Attic mold ultimately comes from the same source as any other household mold, mold spores in the air. Attics are a little different from the rest of the house, though.
For one thing, many attics are unfinished, and people seldom go there. So the homeowners might have little idea what is going on up there.
Mold remediation services can tell us exactly what has caused mold in the attic, though. Here are at least a few of them:
- The obvious cause: roof leaks
- Missing or old insulation or the wrong type of it
- Insufficient attic ventilation
- Ice dams (usually the fault of plugged gutters)
Despite their conspicuous location in a house, attics are quite vulnerable to leaks and other moisture incursion types. That’s where we come in—but hopefully, before the moisture and accompanying mold have caused severe damage.
Once the Mold Remediation Is Complete
The good folks at the mold remediation company have done a terrific job getting rid of your household mold, wherever it was. Now, you know all too well the need for mold prevention, not just costly remediation.
Avoid letting moisture collect from soaking or vapor-producing fixtures and appliances. Clean up spilled liquids, especially on porous surfaces. Clear out your gutters. And keep an eye on your attic!
Contact us if you need mold remediation or any of our other disaster restoration services. At Helpers Disaster Restoration, we’re there when you need help.