In the last few years, people have been becoming more and more concerned about mold growth, because the effects of toxic mold are becoming more well known. Mold exposure is known to cause a variety of health symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other allergic reactions. If you do discover that mold is growing in your building you should limit mold exposure by creating a proper mold remediation plan.
Mold Remediation Planning
In order to create a comprehensive mold remediation plan you need to assess the problem by considering the size of the mold growth and what types of material are damaged. The plan of action that you take may differ depending on what materials are affected. If the mold and moisture problem is extensive you may need to consider relocating occupants of the property until the mold problem has been sorted out. There are potential health risks associated with disturbing mold spores as well as problems which could be associated with debris and disruption at the property. If you have young children, vulnerable adults, or pets living at your home, temporary relocation may be the most appropriate solution whilst you deal with the problems.
Solve the initial problems
Mold growth is usually a symptom of another problem such as a water leak or high humidity. In order to prevent the mold problem from reoccurring, you need to find and fix the other issues. High humidity is often caused by dampness which may be associated with a leak or with rising damp from damaged foundations. Fixing these issues will make the building a less habitable place for mold growth. Once you have solved the leak or damp problem, use a dehumidifier to help to dry the room out as quickly as possible. Ventilation and natural sunlight can also help to dry things out quickly and evenly.
Personal protective equipment
Once you start to tackle the mold itself it is very important that you wear the correct personal protective equipment. Whenever you are tackling mold you should always wear boots, rubber gloves, protective goggles and a face mask. This equipment will stop your skin from coming into contact with the toxic mold and will prevent you from inhaling mold spores. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment can prevent you from becoming ill due to mold exposure.
Choosing the right cleaning method
There are a number of different mold remediation methods, and choosing the right one is very important. If you are doing your own remediation you are most likely to use the damp cloth method. However this method is only usually effective on hard, inorganic surfaces. Other methods such as a wet vacuuming and HEPA vacuuming are most likely to require the assistance of a professional mold remediation & water damage expert. You should also be aware that one of the mold remediation methods which you may need to use is full disposal of materials. You may have to discard items completely, or they could continue to release mold spores back into the room.