Mold removal and remediation can be traced back to the time of Moses (Leviticus 14:33-53). Mold growth in buildings can cause significant structural damage over time. Mold growth in buildings is often a result of water-related incidents such as flooding, plumbing or roof leaks. Mold growth, can not only produce unpleasant odours in your home but if left untreated it can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Because common organic building materials are susceptible to mold attack and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is often a result of moisture problems in the building. Identifying and correcting moisture problems is therefore the most effective way of preventing mold growth.
Mold Removal and Remediation
Once mold growth develops in a building, it has to be removed. Mold removal and remediation can be simple and inexpensive or complicated, time consuming and expensive depending on the size of the building and the level of mold contamination. Mold removal on non-porous, hard surfaces can usually be done by thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the surface and then quickly drying it. Use of chemical in mold remove is generally not recommended except on special cases such as where pathogenic microorganisms are likely to be present. For examples if a building is flooded by sewage backup or black water use of bioicides could be considered so as to eliminate potential pathogens.
When doing mold removal and remediation one has to be cautious because disturbing the mold can result in hundreds of thousands of spores being released into the air.
Containment During Mold Removal and Remediation
During level 2 or level 3 mold remediation or removal, containment is built to prevent the spread of mold spores to other uncontaminated areas. Protection of building occupants and technicians from mold exposure, proper disposal of contaminated materials and thorough cleaning of all contaminated surfaces is very important.