Mold Removal and Remediation

Mold removal can be a daunting task, and not one that’s recommended for homeowners to tackle on their own. Unfortunately, most people always wonder where they should begin? And how can you get it done right and to get it done at a reasonable price. While it certainly isn’t easy, mold removal isn’t as complicated as it’s often made out to be, with the help of an experienced professional like the ones available from Realty Improvement. The right mold professional and they can guide you through the process while charging a reasonable price. To better educate you on how to handle your mold issues, here are some important things to know.

Testing for Mold
If you can already see the mold visually, then you generally don’t need to do any pre-testing for mold – and you can jump straight to the removal process. Visible mold is extremely dangerous, and absolutely doesn’t belong in your home and it absolutely needs to be removed, there is usually no need to identify what types and concentrations of mold you have via testing. Be careful of mold professional insisting that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on pre-testing when mold is already visible, the team at Realty Improvement advises us to make sure they have a reputable person for these types of issues. The only time we recommend pre-testing when there is visible mold is when you need “hard proof” for a negotiation. For example, if you are buying a house that has some mold, it’s probably a good idea to get it tested/confirmed so you can negotiate the price down with the seller.

The Right Mold Removal Professional
Often, there’s a number of people who will try to convince you they are an experienced mold removal expert – when they truly have no idea what they are doing. That’s why the team at Realty Improvement, do everything they can to assist their clients in the best way possible. Here some things you should expect from your mold removal professional.

  • Proper Safety Gear: Proper safety gear should be worn when dealing with mold. A high quality, high filtration face mask is a must, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A full protective suit is recommended when using harsh chemicals and for larger mold remediation projects.
  • Seal Off the Area: Make sure the work area is covered and use plastic sheeting, so that mold spores do not become dispersed throughout the home.
  • Professional Equipment: Make sure your mold removal expert is using equipment like HEPA air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, dehumidifiers and more.
  • After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers and air exchange (i.e. replacing dirty moldy air with clean fresh air through simple ventilation or more sophisticated negative air controls for bigger jobs)
  • When vacuuming and using air scrubbers for mold remediation, the filters used should be HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). Only HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores. Regular filters will not work, and could make the problem worse.
  • Mold professionals usually discard moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation and baseboards. These materials are relatively inexpensive to replace and difficult to impossible to restore to their previous uncontaminated condition.
  • Mold professionals will use an antimicrobial chemical to clean any remaining mold and mold stains after demo.
  • Mold professionals often use a sealer or encapsulant to make the treated areas more resistant to water damage and mold, and also to help with odor control.

In addition to the above, its important that the person you hire is experienced, so don’t be afraid to ask how much they’ve done and how experienced they might be. Other aspects of your home will need to be checked and cleaned as well, certain hidden areas like HVAC ducts and more. in many cases, you may need to also do some remediation work and restore certain areas of the house that may have experienced damage as a result of the mold. And most importantly, make sure you keep your family and loved ones as safe as possible and limit exposure as much as possible. For more information on mold removal, be sure to contact Realty Improvement today.