Okay, so you have recently found this disgusting black stuff growing in your home, and you have finally figure out that it is mold. After its discovery, you might just find that you are posing a series of questions to yourself, such as “How will this affect the value of my home? Will the mold affect my family and their health? Is this going to cost me an arm and a leg? Do I need mold remediation? What the heck is mold remediation anyway? Are they going to have to rip my house all apart?” These are all excellent questions that you are asking yourself. This article is going to explain a little about mold remediation and what it means to you.
There is good news to be had. Noticing that you have a toxic black mold problem is winning half the battle against it. If you didn’t know it was there, then you wouldn’t know that you needed to get rid of it, right? If you can begin the process as soon as possible, then there is a good chance that there won’t be too much damage done to your home, and the risk to your family’s health is minimized.
“What is mold remediation?” you might ask. Mold remediation is just a simple term that professionals use for mold removal. The process involves a team of professionals assessing the situation and the severity of the mold problem, then removing the mold and essentially replacing any structural material that the mold has caused damage to. Finally, they seek to find the root of the problem so that preventive measures can take place so the mold does not return.
Mold remediation is usually done as a four (4) step process.
- The problem and its cause is identified – In order to treat the problem, the mold needs to be detected, and there needs to be an understanding of how the mold was created in the first place. It is damp conditions that allow mold to thrive and grow.
- The problem needs to be isolated – Black mold is spread by it releasing its spores. It won’t do any good to have mold remediation done if the spores are able to continue spreading. Usually the infected area is sealed off, so that this cannot occur.
- The mold is removed – The mold remediation team will most likely make use of several high pressure water hoses to essentially blast away the mold.
- Repair the damaged materials – Material like wood and concrete that has been damaged by the mold will need to be removed and replaced. This includes anything that might have caused the mold to grow and thrive to begin with. If the material isn’t replaced, the mold will probably make its way back into your home.
The best way to keep mold out of your home is to make sure everything is kept dry and you don’t have damp spots in and throughout the home.