Mold Cleanup

Protecting residents and yourself from mold, demolition dust and cleaning chemicals takes some planning, but is not at all difficult. Where a large area of mold cleanup is involved (more than 30 sq.ft.) an experienced specialist like Aqua Lock is generally called to create a negative air flow. This negative air flow is installed within the work-space by using containment barriers of plastic or other non-permeable materials. This negative air flow protects the clean areas of the building from cross-contamination during the demolition and mold cleanup. The barriers keep the black mold and mold smell as well as other harmful airborne contaminants from the occupants of the building or home.

Eliminate Cross Contamination

If you used a mold remediation or demolition specialist to inspect and define the exact areas of work, it is best if you use a baseline mold test of both the work area and the other building areas. This mold test will permit you to state definitively, at the conclusion of the mold cleanup process, whether or not the cleanup itself has caused cross-contamination to other parts of your house or building. If there is even a hint of a mold smell, cross contamination has occurred. The culprit was probably not creating a strong barrier. Mold within the walls or framing is probably present.

The Size of the Mold Problem

The shortest, quickest mold remediation or mold removal we could advise would be this: the objective is not to sterilize your environment or kill mold, this is completely ineffective.  The objective is to prevent a mold problem from occurring or to remove problem mold and then to correct its cause.

In the event the whole black mold area is significantly less than 30 sq.ft. it really is reasonable to manage the black mold cleanup as an ordinary building cleaning or renovation procedure. However if possible, you ought to still take measures to reduce cross contamination in the building and also to safeguard yourself and other occupants from the moldy dust and particles.

In the event the whole contiguous area is more than 30 sq. ft. then you definitely should seek advice from an experienced mold professional to examine the building, locate each of the problem mold areas, and repair the causes of the moisture or water. This is the key to long term mold remediation. Once you hire a mold remediation specialist,  he should perform a thorough visual inspection of the entire building as well as an airborne test of the building after the mold cleanup to guarantee that it absolutely was successful. You will need the mold remediation expert to prepare paperwork for your insurance company as well.

Eliminating Moldy Debris

Get rid of moldy materials that can not be efficiently cleaned: moldy drywall, paneling, wood trim, carpets, boxes and anything porous need to be disposed of as construction debris or trash, because these surfaces cannot be cleaned without destroying the material. At times the cost of cleaning exceeds the worth of the object.   Clothing and bedding linens or towels can be washed or dry cleaned. Any material that is soft or porous CANNOT BE CLEANED and must be thrown away.  Make sure you especially discard building insulation or drywall which has been wet or smells moldy.

Scrubbing Moldy Surfaces.

We’re referring to scrubbing here. It’s the actual physical removal of moldy or allergenic particles that’s crucial, not the surface area sterilization. Most people believe that a strong mold removal spray or a bleach will kill or remove the mold. Trust us, spraying for mold is completely ineffective. Bleaching mold is also ineffective.  Bleach by itself is not going to kill  mold, we can still see viable spores living in bleach in our lab. Scrubbing or replacing the material is the only way. If scrubbing is impossible, than blasting is the only other way to go. What do you use to scrub off mold from all of the exposed tough, washable surfaces? To scrub off a moldy surface, you could use clear water, soapy water, spray cleaners, or if you prefer, a commercial mold killer.

The object of scrubbing to remove mold  is always to clean the surface and to eliminate any loose moldy material, never to sterilize the surface.

If you do decide to scrub with bleach or any other commercial mold remover:

  • Dilute the bleach with four parts of thoroughly clean water. Do not add other cleaners to this solution as you may unintentionally trigger the discharge of hazardous chlorine gas.
  • Ventilate the work area
  • Put on rubber gloves and eye protection
  • Immediately after physically scrubbing and eliminating all loose mold, dirt and particles, from the surface being treated, permit the solution to stand on the surface for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse the cleaned surface thoroughly
  • Make sure that the cleaned surfaces are entirely dry (2-3 days) before restoring any building insulation, drywall or paper.