Difference Between Mold Removal And Remediation
The first and most important thing to know about mold is the difference between removal and remediation. Simply removing mold from a surface is not a sufficient solution. Mold remediation involves numerous steps, including removal. An area affected by mold needs to be cleaned and treated to effectively kill all of the mold spores and prevent it from coming back.
Mold forms in areas that are warm and damp. In most cases, mold is found in homes and other buildings where there have been leaks or other forms of water intrusion. Even if you’ve had a leak that had been cleaned up and dried, there is still a high possibility that mold is present. While the walls and floors may feel dry, the problem often lies below the surface. Some people may not even realize they have a mold problem until the symptoms start to appear. Mold growth can not only cause a musty order in the air, but it can also cause increased allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. People with asthma may have increased reactions as well. Our team of certified professionals at Asbestos Control Group has the skills and experience to properly remove and protect your property from mold.
Mold Remediation Process
During any mold remediation job, we must follow strict procedures and guidelines to ensure the safety of you and our team. To prevent contaminating other areas of the property with mold spores, our team utilizes personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks, eye protection, and Tyvek suits. The first step in mold remediation is identifying and resolving the moisture issue and locating any secondary contamination areas. Once the mold sources have been located, we can begin setting up the containment area, which involves taping off the area with thick sheets of plastic and using a negative air machine to catch all of the dust and mold spores in the air.
At this point, our technicians can begin removing the drywall, flooring, windowsills, and any other affected areas. The mold is manually removed, and the area is scrubbed clean using an antimicrobial to kill off all the mold spores. Once all the mold has been removed, we can begin to clean up using a specialized HEPA vacuum to remove any remaining mold spores. It is critical that certified professionals perform your mold remediation. At Asbestos Control Group, we follow strict guidelines to ensure everything is done correctly. If mold remediation is not done properly, there is a high risk that other areas of the property could become contaminated, and the entire process would have to be redone, costing you thousands of dollars. If you’ve got mold in your property, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Lead is a concern for many property owners as it was a common additive to paint before the 1980s. The addition of lead was used to prevent corrosion and to increase the paint’s color brightness. However, lead was soon discovered to cause serious harm to people’s health and the environment. Babies and small children have always been known to find and put things in their mouths. So, when lead-based paint would get scuffed or chipped, children would accidentally ingest small pieces, which lead to anemia, kidney damage, brain damage, and even death. Because lead is a neurotoxin, it is extremely harmful when ingested and even more so in children and babies. The most important places to inspect for lead-based paint are high-friction areas. Window frames, baseboards, dining room walls, and door frames are all high traffic areas that can potentially be scuffed or scratched. This friction creates fine dust particles that contain lead and can be easily ingested.
When our team at Asbestos Control Group performs a lead remediation job, the first thing we will do is a thorough inspection of the property to identify all of the areas with high lead percentages. In some cases, it might be better to leave the lead-based paint alone if it does not pose an immediate threat to the occupants. If the lead is unable to be removed, it can be covered with a non-lead-based sealant that will prevent the paint from chipping and contains a bitter additive to deter children from ingesting it. When the lead paint does need to be removed, our crew will set up a space similar to that for mold remediation.
We will isolate the work area, use a negative air pressure machine, and use personal protective equipment. Once our containment area is set up, our technicians will begin either hand-scaping the paint or removing the drywall, window sills, and baseboards. All debris is safely bagged up and disposed of. Once all of the lead paint has been removed, our team will use a specialized vacuum to clean the area and ensure no other areas of the property are contaminated.
Asbestos Control Group Inc. is certified and licensed to perform mold and lead remediation in residential and commercial properties. If you are concerned about either of these problems, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our team is friendly and experienced in the process and safety procedures for mold and lead remediation.