If your home smells moldy or if you see mold growing in your attic, laundry room, basement, or on carpeting, you'll need to figure out why there is so much mold in your home and find a way to dry out the moisture. You might have a roof leak or plumbing leak, and the leak has to be repaired before you have mold removal done or the mold might come back.
Once the water leak has stopped, mold removal professionals can come to your house to start the process of drying it out and removing the mold. Here are things they might do.
Contain Mold Spores
Mold removal professionals set up a work area to contain the mold spores that may be stirred up as they remove moldy materials. This could entail hanging plastic sheeting in doorways to keep the moldy room isolated from the rest of the house.
They may use a truck-mounted vacuum so the only thing that needs to come inside is a hose. They may even double bag trash in thick plastic bags and then wipe the bags down before they are carried out of the area. These efforts are taken to keep spores from escaping and wafting through your house to cause trouble elsewhere.
Remove Moldy Porous Items
Porous building materials such as drywall and carpet will probably be thrown out since they are too difficult to restore. You may even need to throw out curtains, insulation, or furniture. The cleaning crew can help you decide what can be restored and what should be thrown out. They'll remove items designated for the trash and dispose of them properly. This helps reduce the amount of moisture, mold, and odors in your house.
Dry Out The Area
The moldy area may have a lot of moisture locked in even after the leak has been stopped and wet items removed. If necessary, the mold removal company may set up dryers to make sure all the building materials that remain are completely dry and that the humidity in the air is lowered.
Use Biocide On Hard Surfaces
Hard surfaces can be cleaned to get rid of mold. However, it's important to use biocide that actually kills the mold. Simply wiping mold off doesn't eliminate it completely since it could grow back if the mold isn't killed. The biocide may be applied and then allowed to work for several hours to make sure all the mold is dead. Then the surfaces can be cleaned.
Things like wood studs, rafters, and other building materials may need to be encapsulated with a coating that covers up mold that can't be wiped off completely. However, it's still important to kill the mold first.
To learn more, contact a mold removal service in your area.