What you need to know about mold remediation

by | Feb 24, 2015 | Home And Garden


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As simple as it may be, mold is a living organism. Mold is a type of fungus but unlike other organisms, it does not rely on photosynthesis for the production of food, it obtains its food from the surroundings. As long as the surroundings are damp, and air is present, then mold will grow. As mold begins its advance, it becomes visible and emits a musty odor. Mold can grow on any number of organic surfaces including carpets, drywall, insulation, wood and on many foods. Mold reproduces rapidly and it does so by releasing huge numbers of spores, it is the spores that quickly spread throughout the home or building and it is to stop the spread of the mold via the spores that makes mold remediation in New Jersey area is a necessity.

Not all molds are the same. Although mold of any type is unwelcome, some; such as black mold are actually toxic. Before any removal or remediation services can be done, the type of mold and its concentration must be determined. The level of mold infestation has considerable bearing on a number of issues affecting people including allergies, respiratory distress and asthma. To return the indoor air quality to normal, the mold must be localized and eliminated, by doing this the potential of illness will be significantly reduced as will other risks. Mold remediation in New Jersey is a complex operation and must be done by qualified individuals who are completely aware of the consequences associated with mold removal.

The process of mold removal starts little different than any other indoor air quality issues. The first order is to explore the area where the problem was first identified, gathering samples and arranging for laboratory testing. When the test results come back from the lab and the problem has been identified and fully understood; a mold remediation plan is developed to remove the contaminated material in a controlled manner. Often the plan includes duct cleaning as the spores travel on air currents through the entire ducting network.

The area where the mold is concentrated has to be sealed off with barriers; the area is then put under negative pressure to eliminate the escape of any spores disturbed during the removal process. All materials which are beyond salvage are removed to an area outside the building, the remaining surfaces are vacuumed and disinfected using EPA approved products and if necessary, encapsulate exposed beams with an anti-microbial coating.