Mold Remediation – What is Mold Remediation?

Mold Remediation is the process of removing and replacing damaged materials in the home or commercial building due to an infestation with mold. This includes the removal of porous building materials like drywall, carpeting, and insulation. It also includes the removal and cleaning of all surfaces affected by mold including hard floors, carpets, walls, ceilings, and furniture. Mold Remediation is a labor intensive process that requires specialized training, equipment and material that cannot be found at your local home improvement store.

Initially the mold remediation professional will contain the infested area by putting up plastic sheeting that blocks the mold from entering other parts of the structure. They may also use filtration devices to control the movement of airborne spores that could spread the problem. If the space is still damp, they will dry the space using dehumidifiers and fans to prevent further water damage. Then they will clean the impacted areas with antifungal and antimicrobial cleaners and scrubbers. They will also use HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air air filters to trap and remove spores, dust, microbial volatile organic compounds, and other debris from the air.

After the surface is cleaned, they will spray the affected area with a biocide. This is an EPA approved liquid that kills the mold spores. It typically takes a few days for the biocide to work and the area to dry.

Once the area is dry, they will replace all the affected drywall, flooring, insulation, etc. If the contaminated materials are covered by an insurance policy, they will be reimbursed for their replacement.

Finally the restoration company will perform post-mold cleanup to ensure that the mold is completely removed from the property and that it won’t return. They will do this by addressing the source of the moisture that caused the problem to begin with. This could include repairing any leaks that lead to the mold, correcting humidity levels, or cleaning the ventilation system.

Although mold spores are everywhere, they don’t grow until the spores come in contact with damp organic material and then are provided a food source. If the problem is addressed quickly, the spores will not have a chance to grow and multiply.