We all like to live in a clean environment, and our immediate surroundings happen to be our houses. This is the reason we invest so much time and money to ensure they are clean and healthy to live in. However, unforeseeable organisms in the form of microscopic fungi that form molds may derail us from our good intentions. In a moment we are going to find out the leading causes of molds and their remedy.
It is without a doubt to say that molds are caused by fungi. Science has proven that toxic fungi thrive in moist places causing:
- Respiratory problems
- Irreversible damage to your furniture
The best you can do is to prevent mold from forming by denying the fungi spores a conducive environment to multiply. This can be done by keeping all surfaces dry and ensuring that the house is properly ventilated.
If your house is infested with mold, you are highly advised against trying to clean it yourself. This is too dangerous and requires expertise, special clothing, and tools. You should procure the services of a mold remediation company. Mold remediation is a three-step process of trying to eliminate molds.
1. Mildew growth assessment
A trained eye will be able to determine the damage caused by the mold or if there is any at all. Some molds may be undetectable by the naked eye this is why you can not overlook the importance of mold remediation experts. They may also be able to know the type of mold by its odor (probably because of their vast experience or training). In short, mold assessment aims to
• Determine the existence or extent of the fungi.
• Identify the source of moisture.
2. Mold sampling
These experts will run all sorts of tests to determine the kind of fungi that have infested your house and the concentration of the spores. The analysis is done for the best method to tackle the mold infestation. The sampling findings at this stage guide the final and crucial stage.
Depending on the extent of the infestation a combination of measures is taken
• The water problem is solved.
• The contaminated area is isolated to prevent further spreading of the spores.
• Dehumidify the affected areas.
• Remove all damaged materials.
• Air filtration: to reduce the number of spores in the infested area.
• Clean the area with special disinfectants.
After this is done a clearance test is performed, and if any areas don’t fulfill its requirements, it is subjected to the same process again. A certificate of mold remediation is finally issued once the house is conclusively presumed to be mold free.