Mold Remediation – What Is It?


Mold remediation is a complex process that involves cleaning up the existing mold while avoiding exposure to the homeowners and preventing new growth by addressing the moisture source. Professional mold remediators follow the NYC Department of Health guidelines, available online, to determine the level of remediation needed for each case.

How do you remediate mold?

The first step is to contain the area affected by the mold. This is done by constructing an airlock or decontamination chamber with double layers of polyethylene to separate the mold contaminated area from the rest of the property. Mold remediation workers should wear a face mask and rubber gloves to avoid exposure to the mold spores.

Once the mold is contained, a thorough inspection of the area is performed to identify the extent of the problem. Then, building materials affected by the mold are removed and disposed of appropriately. This includes drywall, insulation, and carpeting. Non-porous building materials such as wood trim, baseboards, and painted surfaces are cleaned and disinfected.

Next, the mold is treated with biocide/fungicide/moldicide solution to kill the spores and prevent them from growing back. Then the affected areas are dried with fans and dehumidifiers. Finally, the mold-free areas are sealed with a clear acrylic sealant.

If you are a homeowner or builder, you can help to prevent mold problems by repairing any leaks and keeping humidity levels low. You can also limit the amount of organic material that provides a food source for mold by regular cleaning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *