4 Steps of Successful Mold Job:
1) CONTAIN the mold from spreading into uncontaminated areas
2) KILL the mold
3) REMOVE the dead mold
4) PROTECT the cleaned out area against future mold infestations.
24 Steps to Effectively Complete a Mold Remediation:
- Locate and fix all sources of mold-causing water intrusion
- Inspect and mold test inside, above, and below each water-penetrated ceiling, wall, and floor.
- Find and locate all toxic mold infestations (visible and hidden) in the entire home or building.
- Test the outward airflow from each heating/cooling duct register for elevated levels of airborne mold spores.
- Replace mold-infested heating/cooling equipment and ducts if you can afford to do so. Air conditioning- heating equipment and duct mold problems.
- If any residents or workers are experiencing any possible toxic mold health symptoms, or if there is a strong smell of mold, or if there are visible signs of major mold growth anywhere in the building test positive for elevated levels of airborne, the occupants should move temporarily to a mold-safe place until after mold remediation and clearance testing.
- Occupants moving out should not take any clothing, personal possessions, furnishings, furniture, or equipment until after such items have been effectively mold decontaminated outdoors to avoid mold cross contamination of the temporary living or working quarters.
- Do not paint over mold problems.
- Before beginning to work in the mold afflicted areas, contain the moldy work area ( and thus contain the toxic mold spores that will released into the air by opening up mold-contaminated areas) by using wall-to wall, floor-to ceiling plastic sheeting as containment walls.
- After the installation of air tight mold containment walls, dry the work area (especially if still wet from flooding or now fixed water leak) with one or more large dehumidifiers or an industrial size dehumidifier.
- Inside the mold containment area, use a large fan in the window to exhaust air directly outside on a continuous basis to expel airborne mold spores and remediation-caused dust.
- While working inside the mold containment area, always wear effective protective gear. Also, use the Tyvek protective bio-hazard suit, gloves, and avoid breathing in mold or mold spores.
- Kill surface mold growth by with one or two wet spraying or floggings of an effective mold home remedy mold cleaner.
- Do not use chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to kill mold or disinfect moldy areas.
- After the killing of all visible surface mold, the next step is to remove and to clean off as much surface mold growth, mold stains, and mold odors as possible. Scrub and clean thoroughly and completely all moldy or mold-exposed surfaces (including furniture and appliances) with a good mold cleaner such as enzyme-action.
- Except for wood support timbers and building materials to be saved, remove and safely discard all other mold contaminated building materials.
- Remove all mold growth from the mold-infested wood surfaces.
- Re-spray twice the cleaned out area with another wet spraying of an effective mold home remedy to kill any remaining, living toxic mold spores or mold growths.
- Spray a protective fungicidal coating on all remediated surfaces prior the rebuilding and closing in the mold-remediated area.
- After the final drying of the fungicidal coat spraying, it would be helpful to spray all cleaned timbers and other wood surfaces with a clear, liquid, plastic coating.
- After the toxic mold remediation is completed, mold test (clearance testing) all of the mold-remediated surfaces plus the air of each room, attic, basement, crawl space, garage, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register to find out if those areas are now mold safe prior to rebuilding the cleaned out areas with new building materials.
- Remove mold growth, mold stains, and mold odors from all personal property, furnishing, furniture, and equipment that have been exposed to mold infestation.
- Close in the mold-remediated area with mold-free, new building materials that have been carefully inspected to mold-growth-free.
- On-ongoing cleaning, building maintenance, and all-around building inspection on a regular basis (including air conditioning/ heating equipment and dust, plumbing, roof, siding, windows, and water supply/sewer lines) are required to help prevent the re-occurrence of toxic mold infestation problems.