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Mold Removal & Cleanup for West University TX
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According to the EPA:
– The key to mold control is moisture control
– It is important to begin drying flooded areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth
– There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without moisture
DryMore is a Mold Remediation Company licensed by the state of Texas.
MOLD is part of the natural environment and plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores that float through the air outdoors, and indoors. When mold spores land on a wet surface indoors they begin to grow. It’s imperative that moldy air ducts be cleaned under negative pressure to prevent the spread of mold spores. Without mold removal, the growth indoors can produce allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances. Outdoors these irritants are so diluted that they don’t cause any problems except for the most hyper allergenic individuals. But in the confined spaces of the indoor environment, such as mold growth in air ducts, can reach higher concentrations and have the potential to cause health problems. Inhaling or touching mold spores may cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions are common and include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Mold can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. Research on the health effects are ongoing and those listed above are not all the potential health effects of exposure to indoor mold damage. Mold can hide very well as you may not immediately realize when there is mold in HVAC ducts until you start feeling symptoms, so it’s crucial that you get mold cleanup done as soon as possible.
How does mold cleanup in West University TX work?
West University mold cleanup and removal typically consist of Containment, Cleaning and/or Removal of Mold contaminated materials, and a Clearance inspection.
The Containment usually consists of a light wood frame with plastic sheeting stretched over with a slit entry for the workers with a covering flap on the outside. For small areas, for example, if one long wall was effected, the framework with the plastic sheeting would be open on the side of the mold infected wall and would be fastened to the wall and ceiling with duct tape. Inside the containment area, all openings such as air vents and doors must be sealed with plastic to prevent spreading contaminants to other parts of the building.
A negative air machine with HEPA filtration is attached to an opening in the containment drawing air from the affected area, filtering it, and venting it outside the building. The negative air pressure that this maintains in the containment prevents any of the mold spores and other contaminants from escaping and affecting other parts of the building while the cleanup in progress. When the containment is in place and negative air pressure is maintained, you will notice that the plastic sheeting will billow inwards. This is a clear sign that negative pressure in the containment is being maintained and that contaminants will not escape during the mold removal West University. Once secure attainment is achieved, the mold cleanup can begin.
Why do you need professional mold removal experts in West University?
During the Cleaning and/or Removal of Mold contaminated materials, the mold damage West University workers are required for health reasons to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) while working within the containment area. Depending on the size and severity of the job, this could include full face HEPA respirators, gloves, and full body suits including foot coverings, with all gaps such as those around the ankles and wrists sealed, usually with duct tape. In general, the cleaning methods used include wet vacuuming, damp wiping, HEPA vacuuming, and removing and discarding damaged materials, depending on the material and severity of contamination.
Porous materials such as carpets and upholstery are typically wet vacuumed, HEPA vacuumed, and discarded. Other porous materials like drywall are HEPA vacuumed and discarded. Wood surfaces are usually wet vacuumed, damp wiped, and HEPA vacuumed. Depending on the extent of mold contamination, wood surfaces might also be removed and discarded. Air duct mold is treated especially carefully as it can push spores into different rooms. Non-porous hard surfaces such as plastics or metals can usually be wet vacuumed, damp wiped, and HEPA vacuumed. You can see from the above examples that in general, the more porous a material is the more likely it will have to be removed and discarded. The less porous it is, the more likely it is that it can be decontaminated and saved. After all of the contaminated materials are cleaned and/or removed, and the entire contained area, including the inside of the containment itself, has been cleaned, the clearance inspection can take place.
The containment is never to be removed before the West University mold damage repair passes final Clearance. The clearance must be done by a Mold Assessment Consultant licensed by the state of Texas never by the mold remediation company that is actually doing the mold cleanup West University. This independent third party (the mold assessment consultant) ensures that there is no conflict of interest and that the area is thoroughly tested and is safe to reoccupy.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mold Remediation
DON’T place fans on mold damaged areas. When you blow air onto mold it will disperse tiny harmful spores into the air, quickly and negatively affecting the air quality.
DON’T try to kill the mold. Dead mold spores are just as harmful as living mold spores.
DON’T spray the mold with bleach and other household chemicals. It’s futile and may actually stimulate more growth.
DON’T paint or varnish over mold and assume it’s eliminated. There is still a reservoir of potentially damaging spores inside the structure, and paint will quickly peel to reveal the damage again.
DON’T think that mold won’t hurt you. Mold is an airborne pathogen and can adversely affect your health, no matter how healthy you are otherwise.
DO wear personal protection that includes a respirator with P100 HEPA filtration cartridges, gloves, and a hazmat suit.
DO put up containment with plastic sheeting to limit the spread of spores.
DO use a HEPA vacuum and negative air pressure to ventilate and filter the air in the space.
DO have a professional mold inspection to show where all the areas are that contain mold spores and to ensure that the problem is handled completely.
DO call a professional mold removal and remediation expert to get a complete evaluation of your situation and a quick solution to your problem. Do-it-yourself work on mold damage can be potentially risky to both your structure and your health, so bring in an experienced and trained technician to make sure you and everyone in your home or business remain safe.
We know there are many options when selecting mold damage companies around the area, so we thank you for choosing us as your mold removal contractors.
DryMore is a Mold Remediation Company servicing the entire West University TX area, including 77005.