Common Mold Removal Techniques – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Almost all homes are susceptible to mold. Because we as humans tend to live in cool, moist environments, it is easy for mold to grow on the materials that make up the dwellings in which we live. But, unfortunately, though a common problem, mold is something that you definitely do not want in your home. Mold affects the structure of our homes as well as our health.
So how do you go about mold removal? Well, the first step is to call a professional. The mold that you can actually see may not be all of the mold that is present in the home. Mold may be growing within the inner cavities of your walls, so scrubbing it off the surface may not solve the problem.
Next, it is important to understand the different types of tactics that professionals use to remove mold in your home. The majority of mold remediation contractors use chemicals and stain removers to take care of the problem. It is important to understand a little bit about the chemicals that are being used in your home. Make sure that you ask questions about the effects that these products will have on you and your health. You should request an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on any mold removal products that will be used in your home. Also make sure that you ask your contractor questions about how these products will react with the mold that is present. If your contractor cannot answer questions like these, you might want to consider finding one who can because some people react adversely to some products.
Another very popular method of removing mold is dry ice blasting. This is a very abrasive procedure that involves literally blasting the affected areas with dry ice particles to remove the mold. It is important that when hiring a contractor that uses this method to do your research. Dry ice blasting is a risky method that if not done correctly, can cause health concerns. Dry ice converts into a gas, carbon dioxide, once it is no longer in its solid state, and too much CO2 can be a problem in addition to the potential of cross-contamination that this method creates. The process of dry ice blasting makes the microscopic particles even smaller, harder to remove spores will travel and create regrowth.
Some technicians prefer to use a common bleach mixture and a nylon brush for scrubbing. This method is a little old fashioned and is only effective on non-porous surfaces. Keep in mind that bleach is not an EPA registered disinfectant to kill mold so again, do your research. Making sure that you have a reputable contractor take care of your mold removal needs is crucial to the permanent mold removal of your home.
No matter how you remove the mold, it is everyone’s wish to make sure that it stays gone. The professional that you hire should be able to tell you exactly what caused the mold growth in your home and how to prevent future growth. Sometimes the solution is as simple as fixing a leak or using a dehumidifier. Whatever the case may be, it is important that you follow the advice that you receive because the mold may grow back if you don’t, costing you even more money and lost time.
Ensure that you receive proper mold removal by calling a professional today, and doing your research. Keep the mold away by following the after treatment instructions that you receive, and you will live in a comfortable, mold free environment.