The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that over 45% of the air you breathe indoors comes from the basement and crawl space. At a glance, this might not sound alarming until you consider that over 78% of homes are infested by toxic mold in these spaces according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Risks of Mold Growth
To appreciate the reason you need a professional for mold removal in your property, look at some of the health risks these spores pose to your family. These include:
- Eye, skin and throat irritation
- Asthmatic attacks
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Respiratory problems
If you have kids at home, these problems will run up your medical bill. You will always find yourself rushing to the emergency room as mold spores are ubiquitous. Mold also affects indoor air quality (IAQ) which is integral in ensuring comfort inside your home.
It is important to note that moisture presence in your basement, crawlspace or any other area in your home provides the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold removal and remediation will thus involve eliminating the source of moisture leaks and then removing this infestation through applicable solutions.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that only a professional contractor should remove mold. It is important to note that such an expert has the appropriate safety gear to avoid contact with this irritant and the prerequisite skills to effectively get rid of mold from your home.
Removal generally involves:
- Assessment and sampling: This stage involves evolution to determine the levels of contamination. It follows National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines to determine levels of mold in the air or surfaces to be cleaned.
- Remediation: The source of moisture must be identified in order to remedy it and avoid future mold growth. Waterproofing techniques such as French tiles, sump pump systems, proper grading among others are recommended to avert further leakage.
- HEPA filtration: HVAC cleaning is done by the specialist who has the right gear and protective clothing to clean the air off any spores.
- Mold removal: At this stage, different techniques are used to remove mold growth. These include EPA-approved antimicrobial detergents, dry ice blasting, and wet vacuuming. These are some of the effective methods used by professionals.
- Drying and testing: The surface has to be dried before testing for mold spores is done again to ensure the project is successful.
A trained mold removal will wear protective gear including goggles, gloves, a full face respirator mask, and coveralls. This will help avoid skin and eye irritation during the project.
Don’t take any chances. Let a professional examine your property and carry out the removal process efficiently.