The discovery of mold in the home can be quite unnerving. Whether it was the result of a small water issue or time, high humidity levels, or a large catastrophic water damage that was not mitigated correctly, one thing is certain, it needs to be removed. How is this process handled safely? Do I have to see it for it to be present? Let’s look further.
First consider visual mold growth on building materials. Mold needs three things to flourish; water, food, and ideal temperatures. Unfortunately, most strains of mold grow easily in the conditions we like to live in; this makes it prominent concern. The food source mold needs is all the building materials we use to build our homes, so moisture is the factor that can be controlled.
If a water loss happens to occur, and mold growth is a result, the affected materials need to be removed. This is a delicate process that is handled with care as to not agitate the mold spores, and have them released into the air. Containment areas will be set up to isolate the effected room(s), as well as full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by technicians. Effected building materials will be removed, contained in plastic, air removed from bags, and removed from the site to be discarded.
There are two main ways to test for the severity of the strain of mold, or to simply see if there is mold present. The first test is a Tape Test. This test is used to take a sample of visual mold, to see what strains are present. While all mold removal is handled the same way, it is often beneficial to know what type it is, as everyone’s immune systems handle them differently. The second test is an Air Quality Test. In this process three samples are taken to search for mold spores in the air. The supposed affected area, the unaffected area, and outside air samples are taken. These three tests allow for no error, to see what acceptable levels are, and to ensure mold spores do not exist in the air. If there is any concern, call for an estimate, your health is worth it!