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What Are the Steps for Mold Removal?

If you have noticed mold growth in your home, you are likely very concerned, and for a good reason. Mold growth can damage your home in addition to posing major health concerns for your family. It’s a problem that will only get worse if left unaddressed. 

If you need mold removal in Winter Springs, give our team a call to schedule an appointment. We can assess the mold infestation in your HVAC system and in your home, then go over your options for mold removal. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the steps we take to eliminate mold from your home and help prevent it from returning again in the future.

1. Assessing Your Home

If you suspect that you have a mold infestation, our first step is to visit your home and complete an assessment. Before we can begin any treatment, we have to know what we are dealing with. A mold infestation in your HVAC system can be serious since the spores spread quickly through the air.

2. Identifying the Cause

Next, we want to establish the reason that mold began to develop. If you had flooding or water damage from a recent storm, we want to make sure that all of the water is thoroughly cleaned up and that any damage to your HVAC system and home is repaired. Before we can eradicate mold, we have to address the source of the problem, or else mold will just come right back after our treatment.

3. Removing Damaged Property

Anything that is affected by mold growth needs to be disposed of. This can include personal belongings such as clothes, furniture, and any other surface that is porous. We also have to get rid of structural items that are porous such as sheetrock. Once moisture is absorbed and mold, permeates the surface, these items cannot be treated in a way that it is safe to use them again.

4. Isolation 

We also want to isolate the areas with mold to prevent the spores from spreading through the rest of your home. We can do this by installing plastic sheeting to block off the areas where mold is present. In the case of treating your HVAC system, this may include blocking off ductwork and vents. Then we will complete an air treatment of the rest of your home to eliminate any mold spores that are floating around.

5. Clean Up

Removing the remaining mold spores is a two-step process. First, we spray a chemical that is safe to use and approved by the EPA. This chemical neutralizes mold spores so that they cannot spread any further. After that, we wipe the spores away and clean up the entire surrounding area.

6. Encapsulating Surfaces 

This stage may not happen until a day or two after the clean-up and impacts areas outside of your HVAC system that may be affected. Chemical treatments have to dry completely before we can seal them to prevent mold from developing again in the future. The special process will need to be done in an area that is larger than the infestation itself. If only a certain part of one room is affected, we will likely treat the entire room as a precaution.

7. Testing

Once our job is complete, we want to do some testing of the air to ensure the mold was remediated completely. It is important to keep in mind that some mold spores are always in the air, and that’s completely normal. We will likely measure the air quality outside of your home and then compare it to the air quality inside of your home for reference. 

Are you ready to talk about the options for eliminating a mold infestation in your home? Contact the English Air team today to discuss your specific needs.

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