Mold Remediation in Homes – Suggestions
The following Suggestions are from personal experience and research. If you’re reading this, more than likely you are in need of information quickly. I’ll try to provide you the solutions in the paragraphs below.
If you can see mold or your house was flooded, then there’s no need to perform pretesting. It doesn’t matter what type of mold it is. The treatment is the same on whatever type it is and will be a waste of money. It is safe to assume that if you had standing water and was at least a couple inches deep, mold will form. Mold remediation in homes is all about keeping the occupants safe from future health problems relating to it.
Plan of Attack
Your plan should consist of first and foremost SAFETY. Proper use of masks and safety glasses/goggles are highly advised. Frequent hand washing and/or wearing gloves will also reduce the spreading.
Find an area where you will be placing the contaminated material/items. If at all possible this will be outdoors or in a dumpster of sorts. In a natural disaster, this will more likely be on the side of the road for trucks to pick up. You don’t want to keep the material indoors because the spores will spread.
Depending on the size of flood damage (a couple of rooms vs. whole house) and duration will determine how much work is involved. Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses maybe dried in the sun if saturated for a short time in CLEAN water.
Cleanup, Removal of Items and Material
All Items that are saturated or damp from the water must be removed from the home. If it was for a short time in CLEAN water, then they can be sun dried as mentioned above. All other types of water can be assumed to be contaminated and must be disposed.
If the room contains carpets, depending on the duration you may get away with using a wet vac. In most major cases, it will need to be removed. Remember that this stuff is wet, so cut in small pieces because of weight. You don’t need to injure yourself trying to pick it up because this is just the beginning. If you have floors, mop all water up from the surfaces. The key is to remove any moisture source from the home so you can start restoring.
If the Sheetrock walls isn’t very soft because of short duration, you may punch holes between the studs to help to dry unless it contains insulation. If they are soft, then you will need to cut the wall 12 – 18 inches above the water mark and remove. The insulation will also need to be removed if contained in the wall. Dispose of this material properly.
Dehumidifying and Treatment
You now need to circulate the air with fans or blowers and use Dehumidifiers. Shut all windows and doors so you’re not dehumidifying the neighborhood. Depending on the extent of the water damage, you may need to buy more Dehumidifiers than is recommended because speed is key. Air Conditioners should help with removing humidity, so set it to a lower temperature for it run more frequently. Use a moisture meter to check if the material is dry enough to proceed with treatment. Do not try to rush this step. Check all material and areas within the dwelling.
Treatment of the affected areas should consist of chemicals that kill the spores. Use as directed on area coverage, but must be done to prevent any future outbreaks.
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If all this information is followed, you should have a firm foundation for restoration. This is never easy when you do it yourself. We couldn’t wait in line for a contractor to become free because mold spreads quickly. Also, costs would rise considerably because of the damage spread. Good Luck with getting your lives back to normal.