Ever wonder what the process of mold remediation looks like? Well, it will always involve cleaning up existing mold while avoiding exposure, as well as preventing new growth by addressing the moisture source.
The cleanup process is comprised of these steps:
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home for both levels. Cover all doorways and any other openings with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting. Seal all seams of the sheeting with duct tape and slip openings in the sheeting to enter the contaminated area.
- Suppress dust. Do this by misting the contaminated areas.
- Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
- Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. Wipe down the outside of the bags with a damp cloth and detergent solution. do this before leaving the contamination area. Throw them in the trash.
- Clean. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. Next, use a wire brush on all moldy surfaces and then wipe the area with disposable wipes. To dispose of as regular trash, discard wipes in 6 mil polyethylene bags, double-bag, and tie closed. Finally, scrub all moldy surfaces using a damp cloth and detergent solution until all mold has been removed and rinsed cleaned surfaces with clean water.
- Clean the affected area and egress. Discard wipes as described above.
- Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt mean no mold.
- Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.
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