Do you have mold in your home's basement due to a water intrusion, and you don't know how to get rid of it? This is likely a job that requires professional help in order to solve it. Here is how that mold in your basement will be handled if you choose to have a professional handle the removal.
Identify The Mold
The process begins with an inspection of your home to find out where the mold is located. This will involve using a moisture meter to detect high levels of water, pulling back flooring, and even cutting open sections of walls. All mold must be removed from your home, or else it will continue to grow and pose a health risk to residents.
Seal Off Rooms
The next step will be to seal off the rooms of the home that have mold in them, which will prevent the mold from spreading. Plastic will be placed over doorways, and ductwork will be covered to prevent mold from traveling through there as well.
Set Up an Air Purifier
An air purifier will be placed in the room where work is being done, and it is designed to remove the mold that is floating in the air and move it to the outside of your home. The purifier will vent out of your home through a nearby window.
Remove Damaged Items
All damaged items can now be removed from the home. Flooring, baseboards, moldings, insulation, drywall, and things of that nature are likely too damaged to repair. Items will be bagged and sealed in a containment area so that they can be safely removed from your home. It will be much easier to replace the material and feel confident that the mold is gone than try to salvage pieces.
With all the damaged material removed, the remaining material can be cleaned to remove any traces of mold. Surfaces will be thoroughly scrubbed with a special cleaning solution designed to kill the mold and disinfect the surface. A HEPA vacuum will be used to remove loose mold that has fallen on surfaces.
Dry Out The Damaged Area
The area should be thoroughly dried once cleaning is complete, to ensure that no moisture is in the area that could re-introduce mold. High-speed air circulating equipment will be brought in to quickly dry the room, then moisture readings will be taken to ensure that there is no water left behind.
Now, the process to repair and restore the room can begin, though the mold removal company will likely not be involved. If you have further questions about mold removal, contact a local professional for more information.