In order to remove mold from an area the first step is to fix the moisture issue which is causing the mold to grow. It’s important to find the source of water accumulation in order to stop the fungul growth. the humidty in the room must also be determined, if it’s 55% or higher a dehumidfier should be considered.
In instances where there is severe flooding or a water leak, the standing water must be pumped out followed by drying the area. All wet materials must be moved from walls and floors
The faster these issues are addressed the less extensive the damage will be, toxic mold can germinate and grow within 24-48 hours.
A primary mode of transportation for mold is dust, the mold spores can be dispersed through the air, so it is important to remove dust and contain an area once the water is removed.
Each room should be cleaned separately, before cleaning the room should be sealed off as to prevent contamination. A room can be sealed by using plastic sheeting sealed with duct tape. Doorways, vents, and any other opening needs to be sealed.
an exhaust fan is then placed near an open or partially open door or window that is open to the outside. This will create a negative air pressure which will then direct air flow outside. This ensures that any mold spores that have been stirred up during the cleaning will be sent outside. It’s important to turn the HVAC system off before cleaning mold.
If a dry surface needs to be cleaned then it is lightly misted with water. If the mold is too dry then it will become airborne quicker than if it is watered down. The area is then disenfected and removed of as much mold as possible. All surrounding areas will be thoroughly cleaned. Even if there is no visible mold there could still be lingering spores. Once the surface has been cleaned and disinfected it wil be completely dried.
The mold and mold-infested materials will be disposed of in heavy-duty plastic bags. They cannot be transported through the house, as they could contaminate the rest of the area. The bags will be disposed of out a window or other accesible avenue to the direct outside.
Carefully remove and discard mold and mold-infested materials into heavy-duty plastic bags. Do not transport the bags throughout the house, especially other clean areas. Doing so will risk further spreading and regerminating of the mold. They can then be taken to any landfill.