Knowing the difference between mold removal and mold remediation is essential to ensure you are hiring the right professional to correct your mold problem. Although both terms are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing a mold problem, the terms are in fact different processes.
There are mold spores everywhere – both in indoor and outdoor environments. When dormant, mold spores may not cause any issues, but humidity, moisture, flooding or other conditions may activate spores and make them viable. Some individuals are sensitive to any mold and those reactions may necessitate attention. In reality, 100% of mold cannot be removed except in a very high level “clean room”. The usual goal is to remove the active mold growth during remediation process, and return the space to a normal environment. There are specific standards to follow for the remediation of mold, such as the IICRC S520 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.
The mold remediation process:
Containment. The first step is to contain the work area by erecting a physical barrier so the mold spores cannot spread to other areas of your home, business or other occupied spaces (cross contamination) during the cleaning process. This is generally accomplished by using plastic sheets, duct or painters tape to cover doorways, contain spaces and close all air pressure and pathways. The work area is placed under a “negative pressure”.
Removal. Porous water damaged and/or contaminated materials are dismantled within the containment and removed from the site in a manner that prevents cross contamination.
Clean-Up. After all damaged or contaminated materials are removed and the area re-inspected, the work area will be vacuumed with a HEPA filtered vacuum, wiped with a prescribed solution and HEPA vacuumed again.
Technicians must wear personal protective Equipment and unauthorized persons must stay out of the “Contained Work Area” until the containment is disassembled.
For your mold remediation needs, please call Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. at (800) 698-1300.