How do I get rid of mold?
A common misconception is that bleaching or disinfecting mold will get rid of it—this is not the case. Bleach
may temporarily “kill” the mold, but with a moisture source still present, mold will continue to grow.
Moreover, even if the moisture source is eliminated so that mold can no longer reproduce and grow, the
existing mold must be removed because dead mold is just as harmful to humans as live mold.
It is always recommended that a state-licensed mold remediation company be hired to perform the
remediation to insure that proper steps are taken to avoid causing cross-contamination of the structure.
Contaminated building material that is porous must be removed under proper containment because
disturbance of the spores during removal can cause them to become airborne and cross-contaminate the rest
of building. In most cases, non-porous and semi-porous materials can be treated by implementing high-
efficiency particulate air (HEPA) removal procedures and wiping with an anti-microbial solution, and
airborne spores are removed by running air scrubber units within the contaminated space. If air sampling
reveals that there is an elevation of spores in the air, rather than just resting on a surface, it will be necessary
to have the heating and ventilation ducting cleaned.
The goal of mold remediation, or removal, is to create an indoor environment with a similar fungal ecology to
that of the outdoors. This means that not only should the same types of spores be found inside and outside,
but the percentage of each spore type indoors should be similar to those found outdoors. Once remediation is
complete, a detailed inspection and also sampling can confirm that the remediation was successful.
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