Here at Healthy Homes our goal is to make your house a healthy home and to do so we want you to be able to hire people who feel the same way. Today we are going to touch on some important things to look for when hiring a company to do mold remediation.
The first thing we suggest when finding someone to help you, is making sure that they are insured. This is important because you might become liable for injuries that occur on-the-job, damage to property, and any other risks connected to the project. With appropriate insurance, this will save you money in the event of a claim.
We also suggest finding a company that knows how important containment is. Containment involves sectioning off the affected area from the rest of the home. Reason for doing so is simple, we don’t want cross contamination to occur in the rest of the home. I want you to use your imagination here. Ok close your eyes …. just kidding but imagine a dandelion. A dandelion release its bristles in the event of wind or by someone like me who picks it up and blows them off. This is the same concept when it comes to mold spores, just on a microscopical level. If you can see the mold, you’re probably looking at millions of mold spores. Which then leads us into FUN FACT TIME. You can fit 10,000 to 100,000 mold spores on the tip of a pen. YIKES!!!
Containment done right should look like this.....
In the picture you see the use of plastic sheeting and tape to section off the affected areas. There should also be use of a HEPA Filtered Air Scrubber. An air scrubber will clean the air while remediation is in progress. In most cases the areas should be under negative pressure. Negative pressure is very important to mold remediation and is done by using the same machine listed previously. This is because mold spreads at a rapid rate.
The last thing we suggest you consider is a company that isn’t just going to FOG the affected areas. This is your “GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!” moment. To do the job right, the mold must be physically removed. Fogging the affected area will cause mold to go dormant (dormant mold can still cause allergy symptoms due to the spores still being present in the air). Mold will become active the second it has contact with moisture or humidity over 60%.
Here at Healthy Homes, we are committed to giving you all the resources needed to make your house a healthy home. With our knowledge and quality of work we know you’re going to be in good hands. Thanks for giving our post a read and check out our website for more information about Healthy Homes.