When mold is discovered inside a home, proper removal by a qualified contractor is the only way to make sure that every trace has been properly dealt with and the growth will not be coming back. There are many steps to removing mold, and each one has to be completed properly to ensure the home is safe for your family to live in again. If you have hired a mold removal or remediation company, here is what you can expect to see them doing at each stage.
Since mold thrives in dark, cold areas, it often spreads into areas that aren’t readily visible. The first thing a removal company has to do is assess the extent of the mold growth into crucial areas of the home, including the structure. Some companies will use a camera mounted on the end of a flexible tubing to see inside the walls, examine the insulation, look at the subflooring under the carpets, examine attics or crawlspaces, and make sure the problem hasn’t spread to these areas.
Mold spores are naturally present in the air around us, but unable to latch onto surfaces unless there is some moisture present. In order to properly remove mold, the first step is to identify the moisture source and resolve it. This may mean fixing a plumbing fixture that drips, replacing a windowsill that lets the rain in, getting new gutters to stop leaks, or having to get a new refrigerator to put in place of one that lets water seep out.
Once the water source has been removed, no more mold can latch on to the surface. The next step is to remove the mold that has already taken hold. Depending on whether the surface is fabric, wood or another material, the mold may be removed using an antimicrobial solution, antifungal agent or detergent. A wet vacuum is an effective method for removing mold from wet surfaces. Dry brushes are used to remove any mold on the solid wood surfaces that make up the structure of your home, like the framing work inside the walls.
Dead mold spores can still release proteins that cause harm to humans, so a crucial part of mold removal is safely disposing of the debris that remains after the mold is dead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the use of a high-efficiency particulate air vacuum to collect any of the dust and debris left behind.
With the source of moisture and the existing mold gone, your issue should be resolved. But there may be secondary sources of moisture that were not resolved during the process, so you should keep an eye on the affected areas to make sure that no new mold growth appears.
If you suspect there is mold growth in your home and you have homeowners insurance, your policy should cover specialized removal services from qualified professionals. To make sure your claim gets approved and paid promptly, try getting some expert advice from a public claims adjuster before you file. Contact a public adjuster as soon as you suspect you have cause for a homeowner’s insurance claim.