Cleaning up significant mold infestations takes a trained eye and professional equipment. While minor instances of mold, such as those in bathrooms, can be successfully eradicated by the homeowner, mold colonies that overtake spaces equal to or larger than ten square feet should be left to experienced professionals. Qualified mold remediation professionals explain how they remove mold:
Step 1: Inspection
Homeowners who remotely suspect mold on their premises, either via the spores’ noxious odors or health problems that suddenly erupt, should hire a mold inspector. These experts, who are also known as industrial hygienists, look for evidence of mold, while pinpointing the source of moisture causing the infestation.
Costs for mold inspections vary based on the size of the property and whether the mold is hidden, in clear view or in places that are challenging to access. Inspecting an average-sized property may cost anywhere from $300 to $500. Sample testing catapults the price to $700.
Mold flourishes in open spaces, such as kitchens or bathroom walls. Spores thrive in harder to reach places, too, like windowsills, chimneys or attics. Mold also has the tendency to latch onto concealed surfaces, like those behind drywall, along crawl spaces or inside air vents.
When the mold is visible, an inspection takes just two hours; the cost for the inspection also drops to the lower end. Mold inspectors who suspect mold in hidden or inaccessible spaces will require up to six hours to come to a definitive conclusion; the inspection price correspondingly spikes upward.
Step 2: Assessment
Once the mold inspection is complete, the property owner will receive a quote to undertake the mold remediation project. Homeowners should obtain at least three quotes to compare services and costs. When quotes are exceedingly high or extremely low, homeowners should be wary.
A low quote may indicate subpar workmanship—meaning the mold cleanup will be shoddy, and the mold will quickly return. On the opposite spectrum, a very high quote may be offered if the specialist exaggerates the extent of the mold growth.
Licensed mold remediation specialists are tradesmen, such as plumbers and electricians, and charge accordingly. When working with a professional mold remediation company rather than a handyman, expect higher prices. This is because these projects are the company’s area of expertise, using professional products and perfected methods to remove all cases of mold throughout the property.
Step 3: Containment
After the initial assessment, containment is the next step. Sealing off the affected spaces is critical, as it prevents contamination of other rooms in the home or building. Mold remediation technicians use plastic sheeting as an effective deterrent to cross-room contamination.
Technicians take ample safety precautions, wearing protective gear, such as high-quality filtration masks and neoprene gloves. When the mold outbreak is extensive, remediation specialists wear full protective suits to safeguard against the harsh chemicals used to annihilate the uncontrolled mold colonies.
Step 4: Mold Removal
The actual cleanup process requires powerful chemicals and cutting-edge equipment. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers improve the quality of the environment. Air scrubbers effectively remove airborne mold spores from any given area, as they target chemicals and particles in the air.
HEPA air scrubbers work efficiently by drawing in surrounding air, passing the contaminated air through its filtering system and removing all existing contaminants. The equipment stands alone in the center of the room, continuously filtering air and recirculating clean air.
Porous materials, like baseboards, insulation and drywall, that are damaged by mold spores are removed and discarded. Building materials like these are relatively inexpensive to replace but are nearly impossible to restore to their original conditions when mold colonies take hold.
Step 5: Antimicrobial Application
Mold stains and the few remaining mold spores are generously treated with antimicrobial products. As powerful chemicals that halt the spread of microorganisms, antimicrobials work by effectively killing off harmful microorganisms, such as mold spores, that cause human respiratory illnesses.
Step 6: Encapsulation
Once the antimicrobials are applied to the affected spaces, a sealant is added as a protective measure. The sealant is a paint-like substance that is brushed onto surfaces, like wood, where mold cannot be fully eliminated. Sealants prevent the future growth of mold, a process known as encapsulation.
Since mold is unlikely to be completely removed from all porous surfaces in a home, encapsulation is the next, most effective step. For example, wooden studs inside a wall are difficult to remove. In such instances, encapsulation of those areas prevents the spread of mold.
When mold latches onto wood that cannot be removed and discarded, sanding is necessary. Sanding the wood is risky, as the process releases thousands of mold spores into the vicinity. Considering the high risks, only mold remediation professionals are qualified to sand mold-affected wooden materials.
Mold sealants and encapsulating affected areas work well to control odors related to mold growth and ensure the spaces are less prone to water damage.
Step 7: Dehumidification
Mold spores are drawn to moisture-rich spaces. Dehumidification of the mold-contaminated rooms is necessary to whisk away condensation and other forms of moisture that provide nutritious sustenance to spores. A dry habitat depletes mold of their organic food source—and halts mold growth.
Target Restoration: Mold Remediation Company
When your home or business is overwhelmed by mold, contact the most reputable mold remediation service in Texas, Target Restoration. Serving the entire Lone Star State, Target Restoration is equipped with the skilled manpower and high-tech equipment to eliminate mold from any residential or business property.
Target Restoration technicians are licensed and highly trained to eradicate mold of any extent. With proven strategies, our mold remediation specialists will knock out mold fast and prevent the spores from returning. Property owners can be assured that their living and working environments are safe to inhabit after our thorough and professional mold removal process.
Restore your property to its pre-damaged condition by contacting Target Restoration immediately. Mold is a pesky nuisance. Reclaim your home or business from a mold invasion with Target Restoration’s effective mold remediation services in central Texas.
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