Updated: Jun 28, 2019
What is Mold Remediation?
Defining Mold Remediation, Why it is Important and When it is Necessary
Mold remediation is defined as the the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location. Mold remediation is typically necessary in the event that excess moisture buildup has led to the spread of significant indoor mold growth. Unaddressed moisture buildup and mold development can lead to serious property damage and potential health implications. The mold growth needs to be actively removed, and the moisture source needs to be properly addressed in order to restore clean and safe conditions.
Mold remediation is defined as the the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.
While mold is a very natural and important part of the environment around us, mold can become a problem when indoor spore levels begin to exceed normal. Significant indoor mold growth is most often the result of underlying moisture problems that will need to be addressed following the mold remediation in order to ensure future mold prevention. Neglected mold and moisture will only worsen with time. Moisture buildup over time will destroy your porous building materials and potentially compromise the structural integrity of the building itself. As long as the moisture source is present, mold spores will continue to germinate and spread to previously clean, unaffected areas of the building structure.
The Initial Site Mold Assessment
A Thorough Mold Assessment to Determine a Safe & Effective Scope of Work For Mold Remediation
In order to develop a thorough and effective scope of work for remediation, it is important to know the full extent of the mold contamination and the conditions within the space that caused the mold development in the first place. This is why the initial site assessment is so important. Prior to developing a scope of work for remediation, it is absolutely vital to schedule a site assessment. This initial site assessment affords the opportunity to collect valuable information that will help in the development of an effective remediation plan.
During the initial site assessment, a mold inspector or mold technician will collect information regarding everything including (but not limited to) the building structure itself, building materials, the moisture source, where the moisture starts and stops, what caused the moisture source, location of the mold contamination, affected building materials, the extent of the mold contamination, and so much more. There is not cutting corners with the site assessment. In order to properly address the mold contamination and ensure that it does not return following remediation, the mold inspector or mold technician needs to gather as much information as possible during the initial appointment.
The Mold Remediation Process
A Closer Look at What it Takes to Execute a Safe & Effective Mold Remediation
It is important to keep in mind that mold is considered a bio contaminate that requires active removal following specific cleaning standards and safety regulations. Airborne mold spores are capable of spreading and contaminating virtually any surface. In preparation for remediation, mold remediation technicians need to isolate and contain the mold in order to prevent cross contamination to previously clean, unaffected areas of the structure. A key element in mold remediation is making sure we get to the bottom of what caused the mold in the first place. Understanding causation will provide insight on how to prevent future recurrence following remediation.
Every mold remediation process should cover the following:
Source Identification: In order to guarantee a successful mold remediation, the moisture source needs to be properly addressed. A professional remediation company should be able to get to the bottom of where the moisture starts and stops. If the moisture source is not properly address, mold recurrence will be inevitable despite a successful cleanup.
Containment & Safety: The mold remediation process will disrupt settled spores and force spores into the air. Airborne mold spores can travel to, land on and contaminate virtually any surface. In order to prevent cross contamination to clean areas, the contaminated areas must be isolated and contained. Mold remediation technicians have to isolate the contaminated areas with HEPA-filtered, negative air containment chambers.
Cleanup & Disposal: In many cases, mold can be effectively removed from the surface of certain building materials by following the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Protocol. However, depending on the material and the severity of contamination, some building materials may not be salvageable and will need to be carefully removed for safe disposal. Mold remediation technicians should be trained in the most advanced cleaning and demolition techniques in order to ensure a safe, effective mold remediation.
Mold Remediation Done Wrong
The consequences of a poorly executed, inadequate or just plain wrong mold remediation
When it comes to mold remediation, a job done wrong can mean serious consequences. Poorly executed mold remediations can compromise safety and lead to additional property damage that may require a costly repair. An inadequate mold remediation can leave behind mold that can be problematic in the future. With an adequate moisture source, mold problems can come back with a vengeance. The consequences of a bad mold remediation are often irreversible and will require appropriate correction. Depending on the specific conditions, correcting a bad mold remediation is typically more complicated, more time consuming and more expensive than doing the mold remediation right in the first place.
The mold remediation process is crucial to driving effective mold removal results. There is no magic, instant mold killer that is going to make the job easier. It is about the process. The trick to safe and effective mold remediation is committing to a strict mold remediation process-- without compromise and without cutting corners. It is not some fancy secret. It is simply about doing the job right.
Learn More About Mastertech's Mold Remediation Process
The experts at Mastertech Environmental took years of industry experience and knowledge and crafted a detailed mold remediation process that drives the most effective results possible. Mastertech Members will have access to training in our mold remediation process, as well as professional insight on the most effective remediation equipment and chemicals.
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