|Mold remediation generally requires more than simple clean-up. The goal
is also to prevent the mold from recurring. This involves fixing the water problem,
drying the excess moisture, cleaning the area, and removing the mold. The true
extent of the mold and mold damage is often not determined until the visibly
inaccessible areas are opened up.
In many cases, mold intrusion is caused by defective materials, design, or
installation. Replacing materials or altering a structure to fix a mold problem can be
time-consuming and very expensive. There are various ways to remediate mold
depending on the circumstance. The guidelines for mold remediation are as follows.
GUIDELINES FOR MOLD REMEDIATION:
CONTAIN the mold from spreading;
KILL the mold;
REMOVE the dead mold; and
PROTECT the cleaned-out area against future mold infestations.
|Containing and Killing
CONTAINING THE MOLD
Containment is the first step in mold remediation. Containment involves sealing off the affected area and airspace from the
rest of the home. Containment is important for health reasons and is important to stop mold contamination from spreading.
Containment involves sealing off heating and air conditioning vents, sealing doorways and walkways with plastic air
containment walls. Doing this will prevent the toxic mold spores from escaping and colonizing other areas of the home.
It is also important that furniture, clothing, drapery, or other items that are present in an area affected by toxic mold are not
removed and are kept in the containment area. Mold spores could attach themselves to these items and escape from the