Even though mold and its side-effects haven’t been at the forefront of the news recently, it is a problem to be tackled. Mold damage can happen in any part of the country, including Utah. Many companies are specially trained and certified to mitigate mold and the underlying causes. Their primary task is not just to clean up the problem but also ensure that the structure and its durability are safeguarded.
Dealing with mold
Consumers have to remember a few things while tackling mold:
- Prevent the problem by making sure that pipes in the home are checked regularly for leaks
- When leaks happen, or there is water damage from a storm, get intervention immediately
- Work with a competent and trustworthy Utah mold damage mitigation team to clean up the structure
How professionals handle mold damage
Assessing problem: Assessing mold problems require more than just a visual inspection. Mold is usually caused by severe problems such as a water leak or seepage. Professionals who handle mold remediation do a thorough investigation to identify moisture sources and locate mold growth in all possible areas.
Document problem and devise a plan: Before starting the cleanup process, it is important to document the issue in pictures and a written description. This documentation helps the mitigation company develop a plan to tackle the problem and start the work. Detailed paperwork also helps them to estimate the finish date and let the occupants relocate if it is necessary.
Contamination: Mold is not restricted to a particular area, which makes it necessary to do a thorough inspection. This will help mold damage control professionals clean up the problem safely and minimize exposure for the family as well as themselves while they do the cleanup. There are six levels of remediation and inspections that will help determine how many levels will be needed.
Remediation: Regardless of the size of the cleanup area, the remediation company has to repair the problem, isolate the area where the contamination originates, suppress dust as it can cause health problems, remove materials and dispose of them safely. Cleaning up porous and other surfaces is the next step. After cleaning, drying the area and checking for effectiveness is done, replacement of pipes and drywall is done.
Successful cleanup: Repeated checks have to be done to ensure that mold is not recurring in the same areas.
Additional testing by specialized testing companies is recommended so that residents can be sure that the problem will not recur.