TOXIC BLACK MOLD, NOW WHAT?
There is only one thing to do, REMOVE IT!
Understanding the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal is not difficult and is essential if you want to hire the right professional at the best price and highest quality. While learning and understanding the basic concepts of mold remediation and mold removal is easy, doing the actual work in the proper way as described below can however be a challenge
Here is Mold Remediation and Mold Removal explained in plain English.
If you already see mold, you usually do NOT need to spend money on pretesting as we discuss here: Mold Inspections and Mold Testing. Plain and simple: You need to remove it.
These are the five basic principles of all successful mold removal and mold remediation projects:
Safety – Protect all workers and occupants.
Assessment – Make a preliminary assessment, an assessment during mold remediation and an assessment after mold remediation.
Contamination Control – Prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from contaminated areas to areas absent of or with less contamination. Working under negative pressure in the contained area is crucial in safely removing Toxic Mold.
Source Removal – Physically remove the mold at its source.
Moisture Removal – Eliminate the moisture problem that caused the mold outbreak.
No need to take a wrecking ball to the entire house at the sight of a little mold. Focus your mold removal and mold remediation efforts on the area where the water and mold growth is occurring by removing the mold at its source (e.g. on the drywall) and eliminating the water source.
Any mold professional should be able to explain Mold Remediation in plain English. If a contractor is unable to explain the basic processes and steps of mold remediation and mold removal in layman’s terms, be very wary! If someone tries to complicate and confuse you about the process and scare you into hiring them, walk away and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” There are good honest mold removal and mold remediation companies out there as long as you are careful, educate yourself about mold remediation, and get multiple estimates.