What to Expect When Mold Invades Your Home

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When mold invades your home, it can be scary business. We want to calm your fears by providing information on what to expect when you suspect or find mold.

First, you should know mold needs three major factors to thrive: warm temperatures, moisture and organic material for food. These conditions must also be present for several days to allow mold to grow.

So you suspect mold. First, you should contact a licensed professional to conduct testing. If there is no mold, congratulations! However, if it is determined you have mold, the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) course of action is as follows:

Conduct inspection to find the source
In most cases, small leaks contribute to mold growth. So plumbing will be inspected along with the roof, dehumidifiers and other water sources.

Contain the area to prevent further contamination during the removal process
Mold spores are tiny particles that can easily become airborne. To prevent the spread of mold spores, and ultimately mold growth, it is important to confine the contaminated area.

Demolition of materials and safe removal from the premises
Since mold feeds upon organic materials such as drywall and wood, these materials need to be removed and discarded at the source of contamination. This is to ensure elimination of all mold in the contaminated area.

Use cleaning methods safe for workers and the environment
It is important for those conducting the clean up to wear proper gear to protect themselves AND to prevent contamination in other areas.

Chemical Application of EPA registered sealers and inhibitors
To make the treated areas more resistant to water damage, and thus mold, it is standard practice to use a sealer or encapsulant once the contaminated materials have been removed.

Equipment that is effective to isolate airborne spores
As stated earlier, mold spores are tiny. It is important to capture all contaminants within the contained area to prevent mold from spreading to other areas. Utilize air scrubbers and vacuums fitted with HEPA filters, which are designed to capture small particles including mold spores. You may also want to clean your air ducts cleaned to remove any mold spores.

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