By Fernando Vargas
Property owners who do not have prior experience with mold problems may not be sure what to expect during mold remediation. This five-point checklist starts with professional mold testing and sheds some light on each subsequent stage of the process. The highest quality mold remediation should begin with sampling and lab analysis and proceed through careful cleanup and restoration of primary water damage and secondary mold damage.
1. Mold Testing
There are many do-it-yourself mold tests available for sale, but none of these home kits are as accurate as lab testing.
2. Eliminate Moisture
It can take several days to receive the results of mold testing. Water damage mitigation or mold experts may use thermal cameras or another leak detection technology to identify plumbing or roof leaks that have gone undetected.
3. Mold Cleanup
Mold cleanup often involves the use of antifungal cleaning solutions and equipment designed to disturb colonies down to the root structure. It is necessary to ensure that every part of a structure is free of mold before restoration starts.
4. Damage Remediation
Once all signs of mold are gone, it may be necessary to rebuild or repair any portions of a structure in which building materials have been torn out.
5. Mold Prevention
Mold may start to grow again if conditions that caused it to flourish the first time around remain unchanged. There are several reasons why property owners should not attempt to clean up the mold.
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