What is Mold Contamination and Mold Remediation?
There are many questions that arise when questioning microbial contamination and what can be done to remove it. Luckily, we at Water Damage Restoration Miami have all the needed information to completely rid your home of mold through our proven mold remediation process. To begin, Microbial contamination a.k.a mold refers to various microorganisms which include mold, bacteria, and viruses. Moreover, all of these are a threat to your personal health and the health of any other occupants in your household or commercial building. The process begins with identifying and stopping the source of moisture with fuels mold growth; Preparing and setting up containment to avoid spread of mold to other areas of the house hold; Establishing negative air; removing all contaminated materials in the building or home; drying the affected area; and conducting a post remediation analysis and evaluation.
The Basics of Mold Remediation and the First Step to Mold Removal
Drying is the most essential element to any successful restoration. Part of every mold remediation project is to be sure everything in the structure is completely dry and rid of any contaminated items. If it is not, once the mold remediation job is completely, mold will begin to grow as the spores return to the site. The extraction phase removes the majority of the liquid water that is present in the affected area. Moreover, takes out the moisture that is found in dry wall, plywood. and carpets. The drying process is further extended on by applying the psychometry to set up the drying system to maximize drying efficiency.
Containment of Mold During The Remediation and Removal
Containment is what will keep the mold from spreading and affecting other areas. A very simple kind of containment is simply closing the door between a contaminated room and the rest of the property. However, when performing mold remediation, containment needs to reach a level of full closure requires more than just a closed door. Containment of mold is usually put together with a medium slip of polyethylene sheeting. Once the containment process is completed, negative air pressure is put inside the containment area. This is done to make sure there isn’t anything that will escape into the clean air that is outside of the contained area. Next, when putting a barrier next to a wall, our technicians consider that moisture can accumulate in-between the barrier and the surface. There are three different types of containment and usually will depends on the complexity and size of the mold removal job. This is determined during the initial mold inspection of the property. Moreover, they are source containment, local containment, and full containment. Source Containment – this is usually used for smaller areas that are contaminated. Our technicians use this for places that are suspected of mold growth. Before installing the cover, our team HEPA vacuums the area. Once the vacuum has been used, the inspection is performed to see if the area has further mold contamination. The HEPA vacuums are used to control airborne particles from the contained area. Local Containment – This involves affected areas of 10 sq. ft. to 100 sq. ft. Like the source containment, negative air pressure in this space may be obtained by using a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Our team uses this form of containment for larger remediation jobs. First our mold technicians setup a polyethylene to create an isolating room. This becomes the remediation site and separates the areas that are not contaminated. Full Containment – a full scale containment includes barriers and negative pressure using the HEPA air filtration devices to contain mold fragments, spores, and dust during the mold remediation process. This kind of containment is usually for large rooms or for commercial buildings.