So you’ve discovered mold in your home, and it’s time to do something about it. Not with a spray bottle full of vinegar, or a trip to the store for a dehumidifier, but with professional mold remediation. After all, mold is evasive and clever. Once an infestation takes hold deep within you home, it will find ways to stay alive—even if remedial measures are taken.
But even after you make the decision to use a professional service, several important questions remain. What will professional mold remediation be like? How long will it take? How invasive will it be? Will you and your family need to evacuate the home while chemicals are being sprayed? What kind of results can you expect?
These are all valid questions. In order to make your mold remediation experience easier and more predictable, we’ve broken down the process for you to see.
1. Inspection and Testing
The first step, even before testing, is a mold inspection. If you’re dealing with a truly professional outfit, they’ll use thermal imaging (infrared technology) to map the environment and look for optimal temperature and moisture conditions. Mold can only flourish under certain conditions, and thermal imaging gives an accurate look at where specifically to look for mold growth. Other visual techniques are also used to determine the scope of mold infestations during an inspection.
Once the imaging is complete, the next step is the collection of samples for laboratory testing. Technicians will collect mold from your property and take it a lab for microscopic analysis. This allows them to determine exactly what species of mold you’re dealing with—an important detail when it comes to the next step.
2. Discussing the Strategy
The mold remediation strategy will largely depend on what kind of mold is growing, the size and nature of the property, the extent of growth in hard-to-reach places, and whether there’s a need to remove or replace any building materials that are beyond cleaning. After the inspection and testing phase, your mold remediation specialist should discuss the strategy in detail with you and answer any questions you may have.
The actual remediation process comes next. This can take a day or two in minor cases, and several days or even weeks in serious, large-scale infestations. Technicians will work using full-body protective gear, using a variety of methods. Containment, filtering, anti-microbial treatments, sealing, and removing contaminated materials can all be part of the remediation process.
This is really a standard (and very important) part of the remediation step discussed above, but cleanup deserves a mention in its own right. It’s crucial that your mold remediation specialist conduct a meticulous and detailed cleanup of the entire work area in order to prevent the recolonization of mold.
The duration and overall cost of mold remediation will, of course, depend on the nature of the home and the extent of the infestation. For example, if porous building materials need to be ripped out and replaced as a result of extensive mold, the cost and time factors will increase. That’s why inspection and testing are important. They allow you to discover the true nature of the problem and discuss resolutions before moving forward. That way you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re in for, before you decide to go forward with professional remediation efforts.
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