Mold, in general, is not dangerous, however it can be when it proliferates and/or produce toxins. But did you know that you do not always need to call a remediation contractor when you spot mold in your home? According to EPA or the Environment Protection Agency, a homeowner can handle the mold remediation process themselves if the mold is not more than 10 square feet. If the mold grows beyond 3×3 feet, that is the time you’ll require the assistance of a professional contractor.
But what happens when a mold remediation crew steps in to remediate mold? To understand the remediation process, here are the things that professional contractors do to rid a property of unsightly mold.
Always Suits Up For the Action
As part of the typical procedure, mold remediation professionals shows up at your house in white suits, and wearing goggles, boots and respirators. This, however, does not mean they will be removing black mold, so do not be alarmed. As with any other possibly dangerous process, wearing protective clothing is part of their safety procedure.
Clears the Path Towards the Remediation Area
To make sure the mold will not spread anywhere else, the crew will park their truck as near to your doorway as possible. They will also run hoses through and place plastic sheeting along the hallway going to the remediation area. If the moldy area is accessible from the outside, it would make the process a lot easier and safer as a good contractor’s aim is to maintain your home clean while they remediate the mold.
Remember to keep your kids and/or pets as far away as possible to the work area, and move your car away from the garage or driveway to provide a clear area for the remediation crew to work on.
Uses Biocide to Kill Mold
Mold remediation is a two-step process. On day one, the remediation company will spray biocide, a mold-killing agent approved by the EPA, to the mold-infested area. Keep in mind that although many homeowners use bleach to kill mold, it is not an EPA-approved mold-killing solution. Generally, this step does not take as long as the second. Once the contractors have covered all moldy areas in your property, they will leave the biocide to set and kill those nasty mold spores.
Sprays Encapsulant to the Mold Area
Once the remediation company returns the next day, make sure to provide a clear access again. On day two, the crew will encapsulate all the remaining mold spores using a type of whitewash or paint. To ensure that mold will not grow in the area or anywhere near it, the mold remediation crew will be spraying the encapsulant beyond the infested surface. Most company typically do this as part of their remediation procedure, make sure you confirm this to the company you’re eyeing to hire.
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For more information, see: What Do You Get from Mold Exposure?