What Happens During Mold Remediation?
8 Steps To Mold Removal Success!
To date, we have explained why mold is a concern, why mold can make you sick, where you can find mold, how to inspect for mold, and how mold removal cost is determined.
The purpose of this article is to explain what exactly happens when Valor Mold is hired to remove mold from your home.
Typically, there are eight specific steps we follow.
Hire Mold Removal Professionals!
The biggest problem facing our industry is the fact that any contractor can offer mold removal services. This is not an ideal situation because most consumers are not sure who is the best contractor to work with.
To protect yourself, it is imperative that you do your due diligence and research the references and reputation of the prospective contractors you are planning to work with. In a previous blog, we listed 10 questions that you should ask and also gave you advice on what three documents you should request from the mold removal company you are considering hiring. This article, which documents how mold removal cost is determined, should be reviewed so that you can properly prepare for the research process.
Think of it this way, when you are sick you seek out a physician who may then recommend that you see a specialist. If you are diagnosed with a sickness that requires surgery or a long term treatment, you may seek a second opinion.
Similarly, if you have mold in your home, do not just hire the cheapest or easiest option presented to you, consult with at least 3 professionals. Qualified and professional mold removal specialists have invested in education and training. Mold remediation professionals are building doctors whose objective is to assess the indoor air quality of your home and prescribe the best solution to fix the problems that are causing poor health.
Be very cautious if you get estimates from so-called mold removal contractors that recommend the following:
- Easy one-size-fits all spray or fogging solutions to magically remove all the mold in your home. Keep in mind that educated mold removal contractors understand that the procedure to remove the mold will depend on how porous the material is. Generally speaking, porous materials like drywall, carpet, etc. should just be removed and disposed of if it is contaminated with mold because most chemicals are unable to effectively penetrate the material and kill the roots.
- Do not have or recommend a containment plan. Mold is everywhere because it is a living fungi. The survival mechanism of mold is to disperse spores and find more areas to grow on and populate itself. When you have mold inside of your home, the number one concern of mold remediation professionals is to prevent the mold from spreading, ie. to contain it and prevent cross-contamination. Any contractor that does not set up a containment is not a mold removal professional and just an amateur who will do more harm than good by allowing the contamination to spread throughout the home, making your mold situation even worse.
- Recommend that bleach be used to remove the mold. Bleach is not a solution to your mold problem and never will be, particularly on porous materials.
- Do not fall for the sales pitch or claims that mold can be remediated with ozone or other types of machines that just kill mold. Killing mold is not the solution because dead mold spores can be just as harmful as live ones.
Your number one goal when you have mold in your home or business is to find the best and most experienced mold remediation contractor because you want the job done right the first time.
Yes, the service of an experienced professional may cost more, but in this industry you truly get what you pay for because effective remediation takes dedication, time, and commitment to ensure it is done properly.
Listed below are the eight steps that Valor Mold will follow in order to ensure that your job is done right!
Determine Cause of The Contamination
During the mold inspection, the professional consultant will identify the source of the water infiltration that is causing the mold contamination.
During this step, the consultant will also identify the extent of the mold growth to ensure that all areas of growth can be addressed.
The next step is to create a work plan, also known as a scope of work.
Determine Mold Species and Spore Count
During the mold inspection, samples of the mold will be taken using swab or tape samples. Air quality tests may also be done. The samples are then sent to an accredited laboratory which will provide a report outlining what species of mold are present.
This report is important for three key reasons:
- This report is important because it helps the Valor Mold determine the hazard level. Some mold species, like stachybotrys, pose greater hazards and may require additional safety procedures to protect the occupants of the property.
- Identifying the species also helps determine the most cost effective method to resolve the mold problem.
- Identifying the species can also help health care professionals determine if health concerns may be related to the mold contamination.
Create Work Plan / Scope Of Work
Once the investigation is complete, the remediation plan / scope of work can be completed.
This step is important because it addresses what caused the mold and all of the safety protocols required for the remediation to be successful.
Prepare Area For Effective and Safe Mold Removal
This is one of the most important steps because it ensures that mold spores do not spread through out the home.
During this process containment, decontamination chambers and negative air is set up!
The area is contained and negative air pressures are set and regularly monitored to prevent cross contamination of mold spores and mycotoxins to other areas of the home.
During the mold removal and remediation process mold spores become disrupted meaning spore counts can increase 10 to 100 times.
Proper procedures, containment and HEPA filtration equipment are required to prevent cross contamination.
Without these controls, the situation can become much worse than the original issue.
Once the containment and decontamination chamber is set up, and required negative air pressure levels are achieved the mold is removed.
Mold damaged materials such as drywall, carpet, underlay, and other porous materials are removed and disposed.
Non-porous and some semi-porous materials can be cleaned and decontaminated.
Damaged or moldy materials that are removed are then bagged or sealed with plastic sheathing before removal from the containment to prevent cross contamination.
Mold contamination can create offensive odors such as a musty basement smell.
Carbon filters are utilized to assist in the elimination of odors from the area during the remediation process.
Specialized treatments and air cleaners may be required to ensure odors do not return in the future.
Thorough Cleaning, HEPA Vacuuming & Air Scrubbing
Once the mold contaminated materials are removed, the area must be thoroughly cleaned using antimicrobial treatments on hard surfaces and HEPA vacuuming on the porous surfaces to remove the residual mold spores.
The air must also be scrubbed and purified to remove mold spores and mycotoxins using approved DOP tested HEPA air scrubbing equipment.
Third Party Post Remediation Verification
Post remediation verification must be conducted by an approved third party to ensure that the environment has been brought back to a normal fungal ecology suitable for occupancy.
The final clearance investigation must include a visual inspection using specialized instrumentation and a full range of air quality and surface sampling.
Got Mold Questions?
Valor Mold is here to help! If you suspect that you have mold, call or text us, 571-210-2040 or contact us via e-mail. Peace of mind, just a phone call away. We look forward to serving you! 🙂
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You mentioned that mold remediation professionals are building doctors whose objective is to assess the indoor air quality of your home and prescribe the best solution to fix the problems that are causing poor health. My neighbor called me last night because there was a strange smell in their home and we found some mold in their basement. Are there certain types of tools that need to be used to remove mold? Hiring a mold professional might be their best option.