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The Mold Cleanup Process

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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The Mold Cleanup Process

Mold can be a serious problem in Sylva, NC, especially in commercial buildings that many people use regularly. While there are not yet any federal regulations regarding the concentration of mold spores in the air of a building, many types of mold are toxic, particularly black mold. So, the problem must be taken care of, and is often best done by a professional, to ensure none is left behind to continue spreading.
A mold cleanup specialist will come inspect the property and make an assessment. Mold is not always visible, but there are various tools they can use to detect hidden water sources and mold spores.

Containment

The first step to remove black mold or any other kind of mold, is to contain the spores. Depending on how bad the situation is, they may use a negative air chamber and turn off the heating and cooling systems to ensure the mold is not spread anywhere outside the contaminated area. The cleaning crew will also often wear protective gear such as masks, and even full body suits if necessary.

Air Filtration

Air filtration machines are used to pull microscopic spores out of the air using HEPA filters. This is maintained throughout the cleanup process.

Tear Out

If black mold was inside a wall or flooring, the tear out may require removing porous materials such as carpeting and drywall. Anything that has been wet for longer than 24 hours will likely have to go.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Remediation specialists are able to thoroughly clean and disinfect belongings that are recoverable, such as furniture, curtains, and clothing. They also use techniques to remove any leftover odors from your household items.

Drying Wet Materials and Restoration

The damaged areas of your building will need to be completely dried out to be sure no more mold can grow. Then, the restoration process can begin (putting in new drywall, carpeting, etc.)
Mold is not an issue to be taken lightly, as it can spread rapidly and cause many types of problems for a building owner, as well as for the people who use the building regularly. Using a professional mold remediation company will give you peace of mind that the problem is being taken care of in the most thorough way possible.

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