As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.
Your home may need mold remediation if you've had a roof leak, pipe leak, or flood. When moisture levels are just right and mold has a food source, it doesn't take long for mold to spread. Living with mold is hazardous since mold can destroy belongings and cause respiratory irritation. Mold remediation is the solution. Here are some steps involved.
Stop The Water Leak
If there's still a leak, it needs to be repaired or the water shut off so mold won't grow right back. If the problem is a wet house due to a flood, your house needs to be dried out as quickly as possible using commercial machines and by removing wet drywall and other building materials. The mold remediation company may apply a microbial treatment to slow down the spread of mold until your home is dry and the mold is removed.
Isolate The Area
The contactor may isolate the moldy area to prevent mold spores from spreading. They might do this by hanging thick plastic sheets in doorways, turning off the HVAC, pulling air outdoors, and setting up HEPA air filters inside.
Remove Moldy Materials
It's easier to throw some materials out rather than clean the mold off. The contractor may remove moldy drywall, carpet, upholstered furniture, wall trim, and baseboards. Wood that makes up the structure of your home may be cleaned by scrubbing and then sealing the area with a mold coating instead.
Some hard surfaces, such as countertops and bathtubs, can be cleaned by killing the mold and scrubbing it away. These surfaces can be sanitized and saved rather than thrown out. The goal is to get rid of as much mold as possible without spreading the spores around. Items taken from your home may be double-wrapped or double-bagged so they don't spread mold spores on the way out.
Restore Your Home
A mold remediation company may do moisture tests when they're finished to make sure your home is ready to restore. They may use a moisture meter, humidity meter, or thermal camera to look for areas of excess moisture. If your home is dry, the contractor or you can start the process of replacing flooring and drywall to restore your home.
Mold testing may be done a few days after the mold remediation is complete. An inspection and testing afterward give you peace of mind the mold is gone. If you keep your home dry, it shouldn't come back. If your pipe develops a new leak or your roof starts leaking again, mold might return.
For more information, contact a company such as Restore All.