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MOLD CLEANING AND REMEDIATION

Mold Cleaning

Mold Remediation in The Gulf Coast Region is defined as correcting an indoor environmental problem by:

  • Identifying the source
  • Fixing the underlying cause
  • Cleaning or removing damaged materials

This is also referred to as mold abatement or mold restoration.

Mold and mildew is a vegetative growth and NOT a type of dirt to be cleaned and needs to be approached differently than with normal household dust and damage.

These are the 10 major steps that need to be followed to successfully remove and remediate mold:

  1. Pretest - Some clients start with an indoor air quality test to determine the extent of your contamination and the exact protocols for cleanup. 

  2. Safety Containment - One or more containment areas are established with negative air machines and monitoring. This will guarantee that the damage from the indoor air is ducted outside without contaminating the rest of the indoor space. These negative air machines, also called air scrubbers, intensively clean the air of bacterial and fungal growth.

  3. Demolition - Remove all damaged baseboard and drywall from mold from the structure and double bag all items for removal. Wood, concrete, and other selected materials can be cleaned using wire brushes and special HEPA vacuums.

  4. Specialized AC Cleaning - The AC systems and ducts have to be cleaned by AC mold experts. (This step is completed at the same time as #3 above).

  5. Permanently Fix Problem - Ensure the source has been fixed. If the rebuild occurs without fixing the cause of the contamination, the mold will begin growing all over again. This is essential before you move onto the substantive cleaning in Step 6 and 8. Otherwise the mold will just grow back.

  6. Mold Cleaning - Clean the entire structure within the damaged areas and, frequently, the entire throughout the house or commercial space. The mold protocols are very specific about how these areas must be cleaned: first, HEPA vacuum all vertical and horizontal surfaces; second, damp wipe all these surfaces; and finally, HEPA vacuuming all surfaces one more time.

  7. Professional Dryout - If it is wet, dry the structure with professional remediation equipment. Dehumidifiers and fans that can be purchased at big box hardware stores will remove about 20 -30% of the wet while professional remediation equipment can remove 100%. Special meters that can probe the structure and building materials are the only way to ascertain whether the structure and content are really dry because often the surface appears dry to the touch. If the building structure is not dry, the mold will just come back.

  8. Specialized Contents Cleaning - Clean all affected contents such as furniture, clothing, art work, and any content sitting out on surfaces the same as listed in step 6:  first, HEPA vacuum all the surfaces; second, damp wipe all these surfaces; and finally, HEPA vacuuming all surfaces one more time. Treatment differs from porous to non-porous to semi-porous materials and is best handled by professional remediators.

  9. Air Scrubbing - Disconnect the negative air machines and run the air scrubbers for 24-48 hours after completing the job.

  10. Conduct Post Remediation Mold Test - Bring in a professional environmentalist who will conduct a post-remediation test to confirm that there is no residual contamination. 

Then, only after the mold test has been completed and the environmentalist reports that the results are successful can the rebuild begin.  

For more information on removing mold in The Gulf Coast Region, please call Gulf Coast Mold Removal at (855) 2RID MOLD (274-3665), or email us at info@GulfCoastMoldRemoval.com.




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