No one likes the idea of sharing their living space with mold. Mold can cause serious health problems in quite a number of people. Even when people are not much impacted by the presence of mold, it is a good idea to get rid of it because mold can cause structural damage to the building. If you don’t have a budget to get your home or basement the best dehumidifier to reduce air humidity, there are some remediation for the issue. Removing mold or mold remediation consists of two steps:
- Cleaning up existing mold colonies
- Prevention of further infestation
When these two steps are combined effectively, Mold Removal becomes possible. It is then totally possible to remove microscopic mold spores floating around us.
Some of the most important steps in effective mold remediation include:
- Locating sources that lead to water leakage. Any mold causing water intrusion like recurring flooding, leaks, plumbing problems, blocked AC lines and the like must be fixed. Indoor humidity must be checked and steps must be taken to keep humidity levels low.
- While inspecting the area for mold, it is necessary to inspect inside, above and below water penetrated areas, ceilings and surfaces using a fiber optics inspection device. DIY test kits are helpful but may not be depended upon completely. In areas where infestation is suspected, it may be useful to cut into dry walls and collect samples for inspection.
- Locate all areas of mold infestation in the entire structure whether it is a home or an office building. In some cases, the moldy smell is in itself evidence of mold. Often, however, there are no clues and a thorough inspection is the only way of identifying the presence of mold and its area of infestation. Mold may be present in places like the back side of wallpaper, drywall, paneling, beneath carpets and so on. Walls around pipes may also harbor mold growth.
- During the process of mold remediation, it is necessary to replace any equipment that is infested with mold, like AC units or ducts. Otherwise, the area must be treated for mold. All outward ducts may be sealed tightly with plastic. Use dehumidifiers to dry the treated areas thoroughly.
- Do not apply paint over mold because mold simply eats the paint away.
- At the time of remediation, make use of large fans that will drive the mold infested air outside. Remediation caused dust and mold spores will thus be expelled.
- Always wear protective gear when working in mold infested areas. This will keep you safe.