Mold Infestation – these two words are not very favorable if you are a home owner, but every day there is a chance that your home could be the next home to start showing signs of one. There are ways around mold infestation, but to make it clear just why you should use prevention techniques, we have compiled a list of what you might need to go through to remedy the infestation.
Imagine you’ve been on vacation, to come home to your home that has been infested with mold caused by a leaking pipe. There are a number of things that will need to be done to ensure that the property is safe and livable once again. Unfortunately, this process will not happen overnight, as there are some rather large jobs involved in mold remediation.
1. Safety Check
To begin the process, and this is most important for safety, you will need to arrange for an electrician to visit and make sure the property is safe to work in.
2. The Cleaning Process
Once you are sure the property is safe, you will need to begin the basic cleaning process, which will include things like pressure cleaning and extracting any standing water from the affected areas.
3. The Removal Process
The next part of the process will involve removing all your mold affected timber, plaster or other wall materials up to 1.2 meters above the mold level for access of drying confined moisture. This process also allows access to remediate your wall cavities. Carpets will need to be removed, as may your tiles or other floor coverings, to assess the damage of the floor itself.
4. The Treatment Process
Mold remediation to exposed building surfaces including a chemical mold knock down treatment, drying of heavily waterlogged building materials, cleaning of exposed surfaces, complete area pressure cleaning, extraction and decontamination of all affected.
5. Disposal and Clearance Process
Once the affected material removal, and cleaning processes are complete, clearance testing will be required, along with the safe disposal of the waste. Any mold infested or microbial contaminated furniture and content items will require immediate disposal.
Your soft contents which include clothing, curtains, linen and towels, will need to be properly cleaned and sanitised before using again, and you will need to make sure any electrical appliances from affected areas are safe to be used.
6. The Rebuilding Process
Once the cleaning process is done, and the area has been treated for mold, you then still need to rebuild. This process will involve making sure all piping is up to standard, and walls or affected flooring will need to be replaced with new materials, painted, and new carpets or floor coverings installed. Replacing walls and flooring is an expensive process, and can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if you let mold spread. The best way around these costs is prevention.
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