Microscopic mold spores exist everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It’s basically impossible to eradicate them completely—and you wouldn’t want to, since they actually serve an ecological purpose.
But indoor mold can quickly escalate to toxic levels. That’s where mold remediation comes in.
Mold remediation is the process of getting mold back to normal, harmless levels, and there are several common aspects involved:
- An inspection of the building and assessment of the extent of the problem;
- Mold containment strategies to prevent the spread of mold
- Mold spores are captured from the air
- Mold colonies are treated and removed
- Mold-infested materials like dry-wall are removed and replaced
- Furniture, curtains, clothing and other effected items are cleaned and sanitized
Some common mold remediation methods use fungicides and toxic chemicals like bleach or chlorine, but a professional mold remediation specialist should be able to remove your mold safely with as little damage to the environment as possible. There are also several environmentally safe methods for remediating mold.
Common remediation precautions
After determining the extent of your mold problem, a mold remediation specialist will discuss a variety of cleanup methods to eliminate mold colonies. These may include wet vacuums, damp wipes, and HEPA vacuums. HEPA vacuums are used for a final cleanup after materials have been thoroughly dried, and contaminated materials have been removed. The filter and contents of the HEPA vacuum must be disposed of in sealed impermeable bags. Contaminated materials should also be disposed of in sealed, impermeable bags.
The use of biocides such as chlorine bleach should not be the go-to treatment for mold, as they are toxic to humans and animals, and can damage the environment. However, they are used in some situations, such as when there is a person present with a compromised immune system. If biocides are used, it’s very important that the area is ventilated properly.
There are also a several environmentally safe options for remediating mold. Two of these are discussed below.
Professional grade, environmentally friendly cleaning solvents
Many professionals and homeowners are making use of “green” commercial mold cleaning solvents. These are usually biodegradable, pH-neutral, and don’t contain harsh chemicals or toxic pesticides. Try ChemFree Solution’s Clean Mold & Mildew Remover or MoldOff. This method is most cost-effective for smaller areas. If you’re working with a professional mold remediation specialist. be sure to ask about what solvents they use, and whether it’s possible to use environmentally friendly products in your particular situation.
Dry ice blasting
This new method is quickly becoming the go-to for environmentally-minded mold remediation specialists. This 100% environmentally safe method works by blasting mold with particles of dry ice that are fired under high-pressure. The cold temperature and the impact removes the mold without the need for scrubbing and sanding infested surfaces. It’s very fast and effective, contains no chemicals or toxins, works well in tough-to-reach spaces, and doesn’t emit hazardous dust. For smaller areas, however, dry ice blasting may not be cost-effective. It’s simply one of the tools your mold specialist may be able to use.
Environmentally safe mold removal is possible
If sufficient safety precautions are taken, it’s possible to remediate mold with very little damage to the environment. A professional mold remediation specialist will decide the best and safest treatment for your particular problem. There are also “green” mold remediation techniques such as the use of eco-friendly cleaning solvents and dry ice blasting. The best thing you can do is prevent mold from growing in the first place.
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