Mold & Mold Removal Overview

MOLD & MOLD REMOVAL OVERVIEW

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    Mold is common and present in many different locations around you. There are many kinds of mold that can grow as long as there are damp areas. Mold can grow on drywall, wooden items, wallpaper, carpeting, paint, ceiling tiles, various kinds of furniture and fabrics, books, clothes, and the list goes on. Mold can also spread on dry and dirty surfaces like ceramic tiles, insulation, and concrete.

    Indoor and outdoor mold can be managed and removed if necessary, such as they are leading to health issues. It is very common for mold to grow in bathrooms. The specific areas of the bathroom include the shower stalls, bathtubs, shower head, and the grout of tile as well. Individuals can use cleaners to remove mold and eliminate at least some of the problem. Mold has the ability to grow wherever water gathers, both inside and outside a home. This can be extremely harmful to individuals who live in these residences.

    Individuals who have current underlying health issues suffer a much greater risk to mold exposure. Mold that is growing on the inside of buildings can be averted or controlled by being proactive in preserving, inspecting, and fixing any potential issues in the building by drying the damp surface in a timely manner and properly disposing of damp and ruined materials. Fixing the main cause of the accumulation of water can reduce the amount of people exposed to mold as well as heightened health symptoms experienced due to the exposure of mold.

    The immediate cleaning or removal of items damaged from mold, plus repairs to the building itself should be the top priority in dealing with mold that could easily spread to an additional location. The quickest, safest, and most effective methods should be used in order to achieve maximum success Mold varieties are so unexpected, unpredictable, and so different that each and every mold removal situation should be handled differently.

    Mold is so dangerous that if you have more than just a spot or two in your bathroom, you need to turn to the professionals to get it out safely. It is simply not worth the risk to your health. Instead of allowing your health to potentially decline, call in the experts at Superior Home Restorations. We will locate the damp water source, determine why you have water there, and do what we can to not only fix the issue but also make sure the mold is safely removed.

    Mold Verification

    There are many ways to determine if you have mold. Seeing mold is a great start, but it is not always visible to the eye. Sometimes you will smell a musty scent that can lead you to mold, especially in wood or behind drywall. You may also need technology to recognize where you have mold if your eyes and nose are not enough to pinpoint the problem.

    Take a Look Around

    The first step is to visually assess the contaminated area. The presence of mold must be taken care of quickly, safely, and with proper steps. Also, if there is any damage from water directly, such as water spots and damp odors, those have to be cleaned and treated as well. In all mold situations, the source or sources of water need to be found and fixed. That way you can figure out how much mold and water damage areactually present. Anything that was damaged or destroyed by the water should be taken away from the area or thrown away properly.

    If you are experiencing mold in your home, then you need to reach out to someone with the experience to ensure that it is removed properly. Shortcuts will only allow the problem to progressively grow. This could put your family’s health at risk on top of putting your home at risk. Calling in a professional, such as Superior Home Restorations, will allow you to ask any questions you may have and get a plan in place to remove all mold from the premises.

    A visual inspection if the very first thing you do in any mold cleaning and removal job. This step is also extremely vital to the whole process because the pros will determine the entire cleaning plan based on what is seen from the areas containing mold in the building. The visual inspection will help determine what steps come next, such as where to begin in the building and which cleaning materials will be required.

    Part of the inspection is to take note of hidden areas like attics, behind the wallboard, and around crawl spaces. There are many other things to consider in these inspections. For example, other things to be looked at are carpet padding and backing, baseboards, insulation, wallpaper, and other potential materials that are suitable for keeping mold hidden from the naked eye. Visual inspections should also include drywall, wooden structures, ceiling tiles, and other surfaces must be checked.

    All air duct or ventilation systems must be looked at for any potential wet environments. This includes things like the fans, fins, metal pieces of equipment, insulation, filters so there can be an accurate determination of mold levels in the area. There are some very important pieces of equipment that one can use during this assessment. For example, a moisture meter is key because it can detect moisture readings that the naked eye may not be able to see. Also, a borescope is used for behind walls or in the ventilation system. Other equipment is vital as well, such as a proper mask known as an N-95, and heavy-duty gloves.

    Time to Remove and Clean

    • The overall goal of mold remediation is to completely get rid of or clean the materials that were damaged from the mold. When removing and cleaning mold, always stay safe, use effective materials, and be thorough. With any and all situations involving the cleanup and removal of mold, treating the main cause is of the utmost importance. Treating the main moisture problem is essential to keep mold from coming back and being a problem again.
    • Moisture inside of a building can come from leaks in the plumbing or roof, high humidity, condensation, or even floods. If it can be done, humidity in the building should remain around sixty-five percent. Keeping the conditions around this percentage will help keep mold from growing as much as possible. Keeping the balance of a medium amount of humidity will also prevent problems with condensation.
    • Condensation, when on older exteriors, could cause water to gather in other areas. Trying to maintain that balanced level of humidity indoors is key to ensuring mold does not grow. Most of the time, materials such as glass, hard plastics, and metals can be cleaned from any mold on the surface. Concrete and wooden surfaces are only to be cleaned if they are not falling apart from the mold or other previous conditions.
    • Materials included wallboards, tiles from the ceiling, and insulation are to be thrown away immediately, safely, and properly. Wallboards are recommended to be either removed or cleaned from no less than six inches from the closest mold spot, damp area, or water damaged area.
    • All cleaning is recommended to be done with a cleaning solution. The cleaning should be done gently to avoid any dust, mold, or other particles from spreading into the air. A High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can be used to clean the air in the area as well as a HEPA vacuum to clean any dirt, dust, mold, or other debris on the floor.
    • If any material or object is too difficult to clean, it should be covered and removed to provide a better work environment. The use of a HEPA vacuum is necessary to prevent any debris or mold particlesfrom rising into the air again. This is to be done to keep all the particles as contained as possible.
    • Any material that is moldy should be cleaned with a cleaning solution. Anything that cannot be properly cleaned must be disposed of properly. At the end of the project, the area should be completely dry and free of any mold or other debris.
    • The next sized area is a medium sized one and its measurements are anywhere between ten to a hundred square feet. Just like with a small area, properly trainedprofessionals can take on this project of removing and cleaning up the mold. The crewshould wear N-95 respirators that are disposable so they can throw it away when the project is complete. Also, the use of gloves and safety goggles are also essential in making sure they are staying safe from the mold.
    • The floor of the medium sized projectshould be covered. All affected items should be covered with proper plastic sheeting and sealed with duct tape. Also, any area where air can come in or out should be covered with the plastic sheet and sealed with duct tape. The use of a HEPA vacuum is recommended because these kinds of vacuum have the HEPA filter that keeps everything safely contained. HEPA vacuums keep debris from moving around, making the cleanup easier and the people doing it, safer.
    • Anything that has mold on can be cleaned with a hand towel and a cleaning solution. Mold infested materials can be put in trash bags and thrown away like regular trash. After every single surface is scrubbed clean, washed, and dried, the team should perform final visual test. If everything checks out and the area is free of mold and other debris, then the job is complete.
    • A large area mold removal and cleaning project is anything larger than one hundred square feet. This project requires the assistance of trained and equipped mold removal and cleaning personnel like what we have here at Superior Home Restorations. These workers have better equipment suited for this job that will help with a project of this size.
    • Similarly, the workers for the larger sized project should wear proper N-95 respirators that are disposable so they can be discarded when they are done with the job of removing and cleaning of the mold. There must be a full body cover with feet and head coverings to be worn over their normal outfit. Gloves and safety glasses are essential as well.

    The Final Inspection Means A Lot

    There are specific measures to make sure that the overall removal and cleaning of mold was successful. There are evaluations done during and after the cleaning to ensure the overall quality is hitting the standards a project like this has. These indicators should be reached with all mold removal and cleaning projects regardless of size.

    The first indicator is that the cause of the moisture has been solved. The second is the separation of the contaminated area was fulfilled. Next is the removal of all trash and mold complete according to the work plan?

    If so, then this part of the inspection is fulfilled. Furthermore, checks need to be made showing that all damp areas were treated, cleaned, and are safe to use following the full cleanup project.

    After that indicator, double check to ensure all surfaces do not have any other substances or particles on it. Lastly, if a test of the environment was done before and after the project, the findings were compared, ensuring the safety of the room or building.

    Contact Superior Home Restorations Today

    When you discover mold, do not take on that type of project alone. Having a dirty corner in your bathtub is one thing, but if it is spreading, takes up a corner of your home, or you believe there to be mold behind your walls, then you need the help of a professional crew. Contact us here at Superior Home Restorations today and let us help ensure the safety of your home from mold.

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