If you are about to take on a home renovation project, you understand that there is a lot of preparatory work. First, you need to clearly identify the work you want done, then hire a contractor to fully gauge the scope of the project. Sometimes, during this process, unwanted surprises can pop up. One such example is the discovery of mold, which is not always apparent to the naked eye. Simply put, mold can flourish anywhere there is an ample amount of moisture. It can be plainly seen on your tile work, or it can lurk behind your walls, growing and festering while you are none the wiser. Of course, mold can also come with an unseemly stench, and in addition to being unsightly, it can also pose major health risks to you and any other occupants. For this reason, if you are having a mold problem, you are going to want to learn about professional mold remediation services.
In southern California, mold can be somewhat common. As previously mentioned, all it needs is a bit of moisture to take root. Most frequently, it pops up on grout and tile work, and it can usually be removed with do-it-yourself methods such as spraying a chemical solution on it and scrubbing it off. Other areas of your home, however, can be a challenge to handle on your own. Wall interiors, crawl spaces, attics, furnaces, and chimneys can also be hotbeds for mold. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that mold in areas under 10 square feet can be removed by the homeowner. Anything more than that, though, and you are best off contracting the job out to a professional remediation service.
Mold Remediation: The Basics
When a remediation team comes into your home, the first thing they will do is contain the infected area and establish ventilation. Air filtration devices will also be used to ensure that mold spores jostled by the work being done are neutralized in the air. From there, the work will be done to kill the mold. This is often done by coating the impacted areas with moldicide, biocide, or fungicide. Once the mold has been removed, the crew will move on to fixing any problems that allowed the mold to grow in the first place. This means dealing with whatever is causing excess moisture or humidity.
When mold cannot be removed, it can be encapsulated with certain types of paint. It is worth noting, too, that not all mold will be of the toxic variety. Again, a professional can help you identify the specific type of mold you are dealing with before formulating a plan for its remediation. Of course, if it is something like black mold, you should make its removal a top priority.
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At SCOPE Environmental Remediation, we can assist you with your mold problem. Our team of highly-trained professionals can tackle a wide range of mold infestations. To schedule your initial consultation, contact us today. You can also contact us by email by visiting our contact page.