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.
Close up of mold under the kitchen sink.
Caution is used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants. Special containment in this kitchen is set up before mold remediation is started.
Taping the containment doorway in main room.
All Cabinets are sealed off so when the mold is removed, it is not contaminating the rest of the kitchen.
Microwave and stove/oven are covered and sealed to keep mold spores out while the remediation is being done. Containment of the affected area.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate [particle] Air) filter is installed to make an air flow for the containment to work effectively.
Mold remediators are equipped with full face piece respirators, disposable protective clothing covering entire body including both head, shoes and gloves. HEPA vacuums are also used for final cleanup after materials have been thoroughly dried and contaminated materials removed.
All water damaged and/or mold impacted cabinets and other materials were removed, the area was abrasive blasted and cleaned thoroughly under negative air pressure.
Original building material restored after all mold and mildew was removed. The remediated area is tested by an independent air quality mold testing company.