Safety is one of the most important things for your home or business. When it comes to mold removal, there are a lot of things to know to stay safe. You can’t just walk into a room and start tearing down mold-infested surfaces. If you aren’t careful, you could expose yourself to harmful mold spores. You might also end up spreading the problem and making it worse.
In this guide, we will share some of the most important elements of safety for any mold remediation or removal process. Learn more below.
Containment During Mold Removal
One of the top three safety elements is mold containment. You need to take appropriate steps to contain the infested area. This helps to prevent mold from spreading without you even realizing it. Ideally, a professional will be able to set up a closed and contained space while they work through remediation and removal.
Think of it as essentially quarantining the mold. The affected area needs to be sealed and separated from the remainder of your structure. This way, all of the mold stays in that space. Otherwise, spores could go flying around anywhere.
Proper Air Filtration
With certain molds, like black mold, breathing it in is a hazard. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate air filtration during removal processes. Professionals will likely wear masks or respirators to protect themselves. However, the room also needs air filtration.
Typically, this comes from an air filter with HEPA or specialized filters in them. This helps to capture the mold spores in the air and filter them out. The purpose is to circulate fresh and safe air into the contained space where the work is happening.
Personal Protective Equipment
Anyone handling the mold or mold-infested materials needs to protect their bodies. As the work begins, mold spores are going to be detaching from surfaces and flying around the contained area. When the spores make contact with skin, they could trigger rashes, skin irritation, and more.
It’s a good idea to wear protective clothing, as well as gloves and goggles, during the cleanup and removal process. This protects you fully should you come into contact with mold, and you most likely will.
Proper Disposal During Mold Removal
Part of removing mold includes removing materials that are infested with mold. Those materials will need to be disposed of, and doing so will be a delicate process. Before the materials leave your contained area, they need to be properly bagged and sealed. This helps to prevent accidentally spreading mold spores as you exit the space.
It is possible that you will have materials, such as carpet or furniture, that are contaminated beyond repair. In those cases, these materials will also need to be disposed of and replaced appropriately.
A professional and certified team will know how to properly and safely dispose of items. This includes infested materials as well as tools and items used throughout removal and cleanup.
Disinfection and Sanitization
Once infested materials are removed and repairs are made, there is another very important step. In order to effectively provide safety for the space, every surface and item must be disinfected and sanitized. This is a protective measure to ensure that mold is effectively gone and any remaining spores are attacked.
The point of this is to make the space safe again. However, it also helps to prevent the likelihood of dealing with another infestation because mold spores had a party during cleanup. This is a very important step that should never be missed.
At ONEighty Solutions, we use our innovative BioSweep nanotechnology for the sanitization process.
Use a Certified and Trained Company
No matter where you are, your mold removal deserves professional care. The best thing you can do for safety is hire a certified and trained company to do the work. There are many different details to be mindful of with mold problems. The companies that are trained will know exactly what to do and how to do it right.
This includes using the right equipment, handling the entire area with safety, and making sure the mold is truly gone when they finish. We recommend looking for a company with IICRC certification, as this is an added measure of protection to ensure they are qualified for the job.
Call ONEighty Solutions for Mold Removal
We provide extensive mold removal and remediation services throughout much of Georgia. We take great pride in being certified and in providing our exclusive BioSweep technology to help make sure your mold is eradicated the right way. We’re here to help when you’re facing damages that may otherwise seem hopeless.
Our process is simple. We evaluate the damages, create a plan of action, and then attack the mold head-on. Contact us today for your restoration and cleanup needs. We’re here to help!