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3/15/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow. It’s a proven fact that mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

If you are faced with a mold issue, it is very important to know what you need to do, which is why we’re providing an overview of what mold remediation is in this blog.

Mold Remediation, Not Removal

There are ads out there for mold remediation and you’ve also seen those that promise mold removal, but mold removal is a fallacy. Removing all mold from a home or business simply cannot be done. Instead, a qualified restoration company will focus on mold remediation and the goal of bringing mold levels back into a normal and natural range.

It is a natural occurrence for mold spores to occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. They are not an issue until a minor problem is not treated and it then turns into a major infestation.

During a mold remediation process, technicians will isolate the contaminated areas and either close off all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded using plastic bags, and then all areas exposed to and affected by the mold will be thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum can be used during some remediation cases to help remove contamination and debris.

The mold-affected area is treated with a biocide and left to cure overnight allowing the biocide to kill the mold spores. The following day, the mold remediation crew will return and encapsulate the mold-affected and surrounding areas.

<h4to-call-the-professionals">When to Call the Professionals

So, if you believe your home or business may have a mold problem, it is important to act quickly. If you find that the mold-affected area is larger than 10 square feet upon evaluation, that is when you need to contact professionals to take care of the situation.

The professionals you contact need to be well-versed and highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, the surest and safest way to handle mold remediation to bring in the professionals for a quick resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Western Essex County, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

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