Mold can grow indoors in any season, but summer is especially favorable for mold growth due to the warm temperatures and high humidity. All mold needs is moisture, the right temperatures, and a food source.
Spores are in the air all the time, so if the environmental conditions are right, mold can take hold, even in places you can't see. When you have a mold problem, professional mold remediation is the best solution. Here are some important steps in mold remediation.
Find All The Mold
Mold can spread throughout your home since the spores circulate through your HVAC ducts. A mold remediation specialist knows where to look for hidden mold that could be behind drywall or under carpeting. It's important to find all the places mold has spread or your mold problem won't be eliminated, since the mold can grow right back.
If your home is kept dry by running your central air conditioner or a dehumidifier, mold has a hard time surviving. Finding the source of moisture that encouraged mold growth is an important part of mold remediation. You might need to have a plumbing pipe repaired or a roof leak fixed.
Moisture does damage to your home in addition to supporting the growth of mold, so drying out your house is important for your health and your home.
Set Up Safety Measures
A mold remediation professional understands the safety risks associated with mold, so they will set up safety measures before beginning work. This includes having the crew wear protective gear and blocking off the moldy area so mold spores won't spread. The crew may set up a negative pressure system so mold spores are pulled outside rather than circulating through your home.
Remove The Mold
The mold remediation process depends on what type of moldy materials the remediation company works with. Some materials, such as drywall and fabric items, may be disposed of. In that case, the materials are wrapped or bagged and removed from your home.
Materials such as the wood frame of your house or rafters in the roof may be treated rather than replaced. The company might apply mold-killing treatments and then scrape off as much mold as possible. Mold can also be sealed under certain types of paint so it can't release spores and spread.
If mold has caused extensive damage to the rafters or walls of your home, a carpenter might need to make repairs so the structure of your home is strong and stable.
The goals of mold remediation include removing the mold that's present and preventing another outbreak. By eliminating as much mold as possible and drying out your house and keeping it dry, you have a good chance of keeping mold at bay. However, if your roof develops another leak or your home has a different moisture problem, mold can come right back, so have water leaks repaired promptly.
Contact a company like Ohana Environmental Construction Inc to learn more.