If you find mold in your home, it is important to get rid of the mold right away. You need to both clean up the mold and make sure you are taking steps to prevent further mold growth.
#1: Document Mold
When you spot mold in your home, you should document the mold. Take pictures or video of the mold. This will allow you to see if the mold grows and will allow you to track the progress you make cleaning up, treating, and removing the mold.
If you hire a professional mold remediation team to help take care of the mold, you will want to document what the mold looked like before and after treatment to ensure that everything is taken care of.
#2: Calculate Mold Contamination
Second, it is essential to understand that mold growth is rarely limited to what you can see. Mold is very invasive and will attach deep to any porous surface that it can find. With mold, you need to go beyond what you can see to get rid of the mold.
For example, if you have a square patch of mold that is about 2 inches by 2 inches on your drywall, you would want to remove around an 8 by 8 or 10 by 10-inch square to ensure that all mold was effectively removed. To really get rid of mold and ensure it doesn't come back, you have to remove more than what looks infected actually to get rid of the mold.
#3: Contain the Mold
When it comes to removing mold in your home, you need to make sure you don't spread it. That is why it is usually best to isolate the mold's area to ensure you don't spread mold spores.
That can look like putting up plastic around the area where you are removing the mold. You can also run an air filter to pull the mold spores out of the area.
All efforts should be taken to suppress dust, and all material should be double-bagged before being removed from your home. Anyone working on removing the mold should be wearing an appropriate respirator and eye protection.
The area should then be cleaned, disinfected, and tested for mold before anyone uses or enters that space.
When dealing with mold, you will want to document the mold growth you see, remove more than what you can see, and work to contain the mold. A professional mold remediation team can assist you with the process and work to ensure the mold is properly removed without contaminating your home any further.
Contact a mold remediation service today for more information.