What Is Mould Remediation?
The thought of mould in your home can be overwhelming. While most people understand that mould can cause health issues (some serious), it is also an elusive problem that can not always be fully seen and appreciated. If there is mould present in your home, it is best to have a professional inspection to determine the extent of the problem and propose an appropriate plan for dealing with it.
Because mould is not something most people encounter in their day-to-day lives, it can seem complicated and confusing. This article will break down the basics steps of mould remediation so you can have a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it.
Mould – What Is It and Where To Find It
Moulds are naturally occurring and are part of the fungi family. They come in many colours, textures and appearances and require both moisture and oxygen to grow. Many moulds can be found outdoors and play an important role in the breakdown of organic matter. However, when mould grows indoors, it can be problematic.
Microscopic mould spores spread through the air. When they land on moist surfaces, they begin to spread by digesting whatever they are growing on. In addition to potential health issues caused by the spores, mould will destroy the objects they are growing on.
Excessive moisture creates the ideal environment for mould to grow. With that in mind, areas of your home that are prone to mould include:
- Crawl spaces
When you discover mould, it can be a sickening observation. Homeowners know that mould is a problem that requires immediate attention and many times, mould grows in areas that are not visible to you. Therefore, it is critical that you have a professional service test your home to discover the extent and type of mould you’re dealing with.
Containment & Ventilation
After detecting mould, the first step in the mould remediation process is containment and ventilation. It is vital that the area is contained and proper ventilation is established. Your mould remediation specialists will use air filtration devices to ensure the mould spores do not spread to other areas of your home.
After the area has been contained and proper ventilation is in place, the mould-covered materials will be removed and disposed of. Other areas will be cleaned and disinfected and technicians will apply biocide, fungicide and mouldicide solutions.
Get To The Root of the Problem
It is one thing for a professional team to remove the mould from your home but until the source of the mould is corrected, it will continue to be a problem. Your mould remediation team will determine the cause of the mould and either do the repair or hire a sub-contractor to complete the work.
If you’ve discovered mould in your home or are concerned you may have an unseen issue, contact Ontario Restoration Services. We specialize in mould remediation and will partner with you to ensure your home is safe and mould-free.