Mold Remediation Procedure
Remediation (remedying) includes both the identification and correction of the conditions that permit mold growth, as well as the steps to safely and effectively remove mold damaged materials. The remediation plan includes steps to permanently correct the water or moisture problem and carefully contains and removes moldy building materials in a manner that will prevent further contamination. The highest priority must be to protect the health and safety of the building occupants and remediators.
The purpose of mold remediation is to correct the moisture problem and to remove moldy and contaminated materials to prevent human exposure and further damage to building materials and furnishings. As a general rule, simply killing the mold, for example, with biocide is not enough. The mold must be removed, since the chemicals and proteins, which can cause a reaction in humans, are present even in dead mold. Porous materials that are wet and have mold growing on them may have to be discarded because molds can infiltrate porous substances and grow on or fill in empty spaces or crevices.
Building materials and furnishings contaminated with mold growth that are not salvageable are placed in sealed impermeable bags or closed containers while in the remediation area, then later discarded as ordinary construction waste.