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Mold Removal - How to deal with Dangerous Mold
Mold Removal is at the forefront of everyones minds lately and so it should. There are numerous
articles and news stories about mold in an indoor environment and the
health hazards it can create. Sometimes questions arise, such as: What
should I do when mold is growing in my home? Does it matter what kind
of mold it is? How can I help ensure it will not come back?
Mold is the term
used to describe a very large group of fungi. Molds are vital to the
earth's ecosystem, aiding in the decomposition of dead organic materials.
They grow wherever there is moisture - both indoors and out.
According to the
Center for Disease Control (CDC), microscopic mold spores are everywhere,
in the air and on surfaces. The CDC states: "Mold growth, which
often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell
musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You
do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home. The CDC does
not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what
type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold
on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of
mold, you cannot rely on sampling and culturing to know your health
risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for
judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have
not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent
If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean
up the mold and fix the moisture problem."
Based on the CDC
recommendation, anytime you find mold in your home, you should locate
and fix the source of the moisture (such as a leaky pipe or seepage
around a window), otherwise mold will return after its removal. If the
area of mold contamination is large (more than about ten square feet),
or if you are concerned with the health risks dealing with mold, consult
a trained professional, such as PuroClean®, to clean the mold and
remove necessary materials or items.
have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-science metering and
drying equipment to completely remove the mold from the indoor environment.
They can also help with project assessment, providing guidance on the
best course of action.
Mold removal professionals will
set up a containment area around the mold and begin a negative-air,
or an air-scrubbing operation, depending on the circumstance. This helps
ensure that mold spores are not disturbed during removal, which might
contaminate other areas of the structure. Technicians will have the
necessary training and inoculations, and will use Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) to enhance safety.
PuroClean mold removal professionals
will attempt to clean and dry mold-contaminated materials to help prevent
recurrence. If materials cannot be satisfactorily cleaned, or if they
need to be removed to access other moldy materials, a professional will
take them down to structural lumber. All materials removed are placed
in plastic bags and taken out of the structure. This ensures there is
no cross-contamination with other areas during the process. Once the
moldy material is outside in nature, it simply becomes trash and can
go to a normal landfill. Often, the final step is to apply a sealant
that will help prevent the return of mold to those surfaces. A professional
will always perform an air-sample clearance test to confirm the success
of the operation.
Regardless of the
circumstances - dealing with mold, responding to water damage or fire/smoke
damage-call your local PuroClean office, the Paramedics of Property
Damage. For all property damage situations, these professionals
are standing by. They will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage
and will then provide restoration services to return the property to
a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. All PuroClean offices have
well-trained professional technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science
services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and