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7 Steps to a Mold-Free Property

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Blog

AQHI Inc. can Help Remove Mold and Prevent it From Returning.

MoldIf you have discovered a serious mold infestation in your home or business, you need professional mold remediation. AQHI Inc. can help. We’ll walk you through the following 7 steps to a mold-free property.

  1. Removing porous material: Once mold has become established in porous building materials such as ceiling tiles, drywall, carpet, etc., they typically need to be discarded rather than cleaned. Other belongings such as clothing and upholstered furniture may also need to be thrown out. It all depends on the extent of the mold growth. Our experienced technicians can help you differentiate between salvageable and non-salvageable items and provide the necessary cleaning or disposal services.
  2. Removing surface mold growth from non-porous surfaces: Mold may also grow on the surface of non-porous materials including metal, glass, vinyl floor coverings, intact wood studs, etc. At AQHI Inc. our mold remediation crews understand how to effectively clean these materials without damaging them.
  3. Washing surfaces with a biocide solution: Just because a surface looks clean following a mold cleanup doesn’t mean all vestiges of the mold are gone. We clean all surfaces with industry-approved biocide solutions to kill all traces of mold and prevent it from growing back on treated surfaces.
  4. Sealing treated surfaces with primer paint: Once surfaces have dried, they can be sealed with paint to help keep mold from using these surfaces as a food source in the future.
  5. Vacuuming with HEPA-filtered vacuums: Because mold spores can travel far from the original source of the mold infestation, you will want to thoroughly clean all parts of the property to capture these spores. This will not only help eliminate odors and allergic symptoms related to the mold spores, but also prevent them from starting new mold colonies wherever they have landed. While a regular vacuum will suck up dirt and dust but release smaller particles back into the air, our HEPA-filtered vacuums can capture even the tiniest particles.
  6. Air purification with a HEPA-filtered air exhaust system: While vacuuming will take care of mold spores that have landed on various surfaces, there may still be spores present in the air. To eliminate these, we can clean the air in your property with special exhaust filtration equipment. We also recommend installing high-quality air filters in your HVAC system to help capture mold spores that may enter your property in the future.
  7. Identify & control sources of moisture: Mold loves moisture. Therefore if you want to keep mold from returning, you need to take steps to control moisture and humidity in your property. Be sure to correct the original moisture problem that led to this outbreak, whether it was a leaky roof, a damp basement, or a broken water pipe. You may also want to install a dehumidifier to help keep overall moisture levels in your property under control.