This page will go into somewhat detail of Remediation, specifically Mold Remediation. It will give you an understanding of the purpose of treating this unhealthy atmosphere. So now, let’s begin.
Remediation alone is defined as “the correction of something bad or defective”. Specific to Mold Remediation would be “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location”.
Investigate for the source of Moisture
You will need to understand why the mold is formed unless this is from weather related flooding. You may not immediately see the source because it could be behind the walls or hidden somewhere else. It could be growing on the ceiling, so the leak could be coming from the roof. There could be multiple sources, so try to locate all the areas with a moisture meter. Correct the issues that could have caused the problem in the first place. If all of the issues are not corrected, then after remediation it could reappear and all this time and money will be a waste.
Clean up of Contaminated Areas
Cleanup will consist of the following:
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and cover all openings to prevent the spread of spores.
- Remove all wet or contaminated material. This could be soaked furniture, sheetrock, clothes, etc. Depending on the duration of saturation will decide if it can be saved or disposed. Preferably these items should be moved to an area that’s not enclosed.
- Place items in Plastic bags or cover with plastic wrap. This will prevent cross contamination, especially if you intend on keeping these items.
- Mop or Vacuum. Mop all hard surface flooring removing any standing water. If carpet is in the area, use a wet vac IF the duration was not for long and saturation is minor. If this is not the case, you would remove it from the area. This includes the padding.
- Clean, Clean, and Clean. Clean all wood or other hard, nonpourous surfaces with some sort of an abrasive pad or brush. Use a detergent that is specifically made for mold or mildew removal. When wiping with disposable material, then place it in a bag and seal when finished.
Ventilate / Dehumidify
You will now use fans extensively to circulate the air. This will dry the area quicker than without. A dehumidifier may also need to be used to help with the process. If this was from a flood, then Dehumidifiers are a must along with lowering the temperature for the AC. The air conditioner with help with the use of its evaporator. A moisture meter will need to be used to determine if it’s now safe.
Treat all areas with bleach or other mold removing products. Follow all directions and make sure it’s for indoor use. There are a number of treatment products that are specifically for outdoors so read before buying.
I hope this page has been very informative to you. Good Luck with solving your problem.