There are three important aspects involved in removing mold from your home. The first is to stop the source of dampness or the mold will keep growing. The second is to use protective measures while cleaning so mold spores don't spread and so the workers are safe. And finally, the mold is removed using a variety of methods. Here's a closer look at the mold removal process.

Wet Or Moldy Items Are Bagged And Removed

If there are wet and moldy fabric items in the room, they can be safely removed by bagging them in thick plastic bags. Once the bags are sealed, they are wiped down and taken from the space. The same procedure is done for moldy items that you don't want to waste time restoring such as knick -knacks or toys. The restoration crew might even need to remove moldy drywall or other building materials. The moldy areas are misted first to keep dust under control and then they can be broken down into pieces small enough to wrap and carry outdoors. Once the area is cleared of belongings and materials that won't be saved, cleaning up the rest of the mold begins.

Moldy Surfaces Are Scrubbed Clean

The mold restoration company can use a variety of cleaners and tools to remove mold depending on the surface being treated. This might involve using wire brushes on wood to make sure all the mold is removed. Scrubbing away mold can be a labor-intensive job since all visible mold must be removed so there is none left to spread around your home. The workers need to wear special protective equipment to keep from inhaling mold spores during this process. Also, the rest of your house will be closed off from the area with plastic sheeting to control the spread of spores that are disturbed during the scrubbing and cleaning work.

Dehumidifiers Finish Drying The Area

Even if the area had already dried out, dehumidifiers may be necessary after cleaning. That's because washing wood and other surfaces leaves them damp and that increases the risk of mold growing back. Dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air so the wood dries out quicker. This process might take several hours, and once it's done, the room is given a final check. The restoration company verifies the room is dry and there is no ongoing source of moisture. They also ensure there is no visible sign of mold and that the area is free from a musty odor.

You may want to follow up with mold testing in a few days, but that isn't always necessary. However, if the musty odor returns or if your respiratory symptoms come back, you may want to suspect a return of the mold and have additional testing done at that time. It's possible you have an additional water leak you're not aware of and until all leaks are stopped, mold will be an ongoing problem.