If you think you have a mold problem, a good place to start is asking a professional mold remediation company to come and do an assessment. During a mold assessment appointment, a remediation company takes certain steps to (1) access the mold damage and (2) make recommendations to clean the affected areas.
A mold assessment company is not a mold inspector, so they are doing the work based on years of experience and understanding the common areas to look for mold. After a professional mold company does their assessment, they write a proposal and give you a cost prior to doing any work. Here are the steps a remediation professional takes and what is involved in each step.
Looking for mold
- Look for condensation and wet spots with infrared cameras and moisture meters.
- Measure the indoor relative humidity to see if it’s below 70% (25 – 60% is ideal).
- Look for HVAC drip pans to be sure they are clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed, and AC Vents are working properly so there is not a mold buildup around the vents. (You don’t need a licensed HVAC company to help identify problem areas in your AC – from there, you can call a licensed technician.)
- Review the plumbing to make sure there are not leaks inside or outside the building structure. A mold assessment company does not use licensed plumbers but can use a moisture reader and infrared cameras to see if there is leakage around plumbing.
- Check to see if kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms have proper ventilation, and check to be sure as appliances, such as dryers, are properly vented. Check for humidity build ups in these areas.
Procedures for the remediation of mold
- A professional mold remediation company will recommend ways to prevent spread of mold. For example, we may recommend advanced containment procedures, like negative air chambers, or isolation of contaminated area with physical barriers.
- We look to remove and dispose of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.
- A remediation company does content and belonging cleaning. This involves making an inventory of all furniture, decorative items, clothing, etc., which may have been infected with mold, to clean and disinfect.
A Proposal to Get the Work Done
Based on our findings, a mold remediation company will write a proposal and outline the protocol required to treat the affected area(s) of mold and keep your building mold free moving forward.
If you think or know you have a mold issue, contact a local mold remediation specialist and take the first step to understand whether or not you have an issue, and what can be done to resolve it.