Every single place, from a house to a business facility can be a possible victim for mold, this is because in any place we can find the proper environment for mold growth which it is an environment with humidity and oxygen, it is the only two things needed for the bacteria to grow and spread all along the facility. At Restoration Control we are aware of the dangers of mold growth and we are the best choice when it comes to remove it from a property.
Before talking about mold restoration, we need you to know what is mold, how it grows and spread and what are the types and how dangerous they are.
Things About Commercial Mold
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green or purple. We are exposed to mold every day in small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp place in your property, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If someone is sensitive to mold and inhale a large amount of spores, that person could experience health problems.
Things that everyone should know about mold
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, air conditioners, heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on someone’s clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even, higher than normal, indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Our team, at Restorations Control, is experts in the field and knows that when we talk about mold restoration there are a few steps that are very important to follow.
Step 1: Learn about moisture
Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what is visibly growing on the walls or in a corner. Mold can be an invisible intruder, growing behind and around what you first see.
First, you have to understand that behind all mold growth is a water or moisture problem. Second, you have to become a master of moisture; know where moisture comes from and how it gets into the facility. The ultimate goal of these two steps is to identify a moisture source and use its location to help locate all mold growth, not just what is immediately visible.
Step 2: Document the mold problem and create a restoration plan
Before you begin restoration, document the mold situation with writing, photos and video. Our experts at Restoration Control will use the documentation to develop plan to work on it, answering questions like when the work will begin and when it is schedule to finish, who will perform the restoration any testing that should be done, and if the workers will be temporarily relocated. In the longer term, the documentation can help manage liability for your company or point to larger trends in mold growth.
Step 3: Calculate the extent of the contamination
Mold may not always grow in one are, so you need to figure out how much contamination you’re really looking at. Calculating the extent of the contamination will impact how you approach the mold restoration. The goal of commercial mold restoration is to clean up mold growing within the business facility and to avoid exposing the employees to large amounts of mold.
Step 4: Restore mold contamination
Restoration will always involve cleaning up existing mold while avoiding exposure to oneself as well as business owners, as well as preventing new growth by addressing the moisture source. The clean-up process has some steps on it like:
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all the doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the facility.
- Suppress dust. Do this by misting the contaminated areas.
- Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous material
- Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags that are at least 6 mm thick, double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. The bags can be disposed of as regular trash once the outside of the bags are wiped and damp cloth and detergent solution prior to leaving the contamination area.
- Clean. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. The clean must be done with a wire brush on all moldy surfaces and then wipe the area with disposable wipes. To dispose of as regular trash, discard wipes in 6 mm polyethylene bags, double-bad and tie closed. Finally scrub all moldy surfaces using a damp cloth and detergent solution until all the mold has been removed and rinsed cleaned surfaces with clean water.
- Clean the affected area and egress. There are two different processes you can either clean with a damp cloth and/or mop with detergent solution or you can vacuum all surfaces, and then clean all surfaces with a damp cloth and/or mop and detergent solution.
- Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination, no dust and dirt means no mold.
- Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process there can be use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.
Step 5: Determine if clean-up has been successful
Just because the mold is gone and there is no dirt or dust doesn’t mean that you are done there are some things that the owner of the facility must check before the restoration process is finished these are some of the aspects to be checked:
- The moisture problem has been fixed. Verify this by revisiting the property soon after the restoration; you should not see any sighs of recurring water damage.
- No sign of mold damaged materials, moldy odors or visible mold.
- Business owners and employees should be able to occupy or re-occupy the property without physical symptoms or aggravated health complaints.
Depending on your company and the specific details of a mold problem, additional testing by an environmental testing company may be performed after the cleanup to verify that the entire mold has been removed.
When it comes to mold, the key is to implement a comprehensive moisture management strategy. Potential liability and health issues from mold can be dramatically decreased by doing it right the first time. Clean-up must be immediate and thorough, following a process like the steps above. It may sound over-simplified, but the primary failure in response to a business owner complaints is simply that the builders don’t respond fast enough, or with the emphasis that the issue is potentially serious. At Restoration Control we are a crystal clear company and you can be sure that in our hands you are with the best and expert team, you can trust your company in our hand because we are the best choice.