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5 Steps for a Successful Mold Remediation

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Blog

You can trust AQHI Inc. to help you successfully complete these five vital steps and banish mold

Mold remediation

From an evolutionary standpoint, there’s a lot to admire about mold. Some type of mold has developed to thrive in just about every environment on earth, so long as there is organic matter, moisture, and oxygen. However, it’s hard to appreciate mold when it is invading your home or business. Mold not only weakens structural elements, ruins furnishings, and leaves a bad smell over everything, it can also cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems in certain individuals. Fortunately, a company like AQHI Inc. can help. We provide expert mold remediation services involving the following five vital steps.

Eliminate the Source of Moisture

Sometimes the source of moisture is something obvious, like a plumbing leak or flood water, while in other cases it may be something more subtle like a drainage issue or high humidity. Either way, before beginning a mold remediation, it is highly advisable to have a plan for eliminating the source of moisture so that the mold will not eventually recolonize your space.

Seal the Area

In order to avoid spreading mold spores and contamination around other parts of the building during the remediation, the affected area should be sealed off using plastic sheeting and tape around all doors, windows, and vents.

Remove Damaged Materials

The next step in the mold remediation process is to remove any damaged porous materials that may be covered with mold and/or harboring mold spores. In most cases, your best bet is to throw these items away rather than attempting to clean them, but it all depends on the extent of the mold and/or water damage that has occurred.

Clean Non-Porous Surfaces

Non-porous surfaces that have been affected by mold can typically be salvaged. We will remove any surface mold from metal, glass, vinyl, etc., and then wash these materials with a biocide designed to impede future mold growth.

Dry, Dehumidify, & Purify

If your mold was caused by a large leak or flood, we can help speed up the drying process by bringing in fans to encourage moisture to evaporate out of the walls and flooring. We’ll use dehumidifiers to make sure this newly evaporated moisture doesn’t just settle back down as condensation, and we will also bring an air purification unit to help eliminate any remaining mold spores from the air.