SERVPRO of Anaheim Hills Breaks the Mold Every Time!
We do a lot of mold remediation here at SERVPRO of Anaheim Hills. It's one of the things we do best!
One of the things we enjoy the most about this type of restoration work is knowing that the people who live or work in buildings that have been impacted by mold growth sometimes experience improvements in how they physically feel.
In this example, a Corona, CA home owner had mold growth on one wall of their garage. We followed a well established protocol which always delivers the desired results, provided that these steps are done correctly.
Mold remediation should not be done by untrained/ inexperienced individuals. Should you find mold growing in your structure, the best advice is always to call SERVPRO!
Here's our protocol.
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home for both levels. For Level 2 remediation, also cover all doorways and any other openings with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting. Seal all seams of the sheeting with duct tape and slip openings in the sheeting to enter the contaminated area.
- Suppress dust. Do this by misting the contaminated areas.
- Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials. Check with your supervisor and reference the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, (http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html) if you're not sure which materials to remove.
- Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags that are at least 6 mil thick, double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. The bags can be disposed of as regular trash once the outside of the bags are wiped with a damp cloth and detergent solution prior to leaving the contamination area.
- Clean. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. Use a wire brush on all moldy surfaces and then wipe the area with disposable wipes. To dispose of as regular trash, discard wipes in 6 mil polyethylene bags, double-bag and tie closed. Finally, scrub all moldy surfaces using a damp cloth and detergent solution until all mold has been removed and rinsed cleaned surfaces with clean water.
- Clean the affected area and egress. The process for Level 1 differs from Level 2 at this point. For Level 1, clean with a damp cloth and/or mop with detergent solution. Level 2 requires you to vacuum all surfaces with a HEPA vacuum, and then clean all surfaces with a damp cloth and/or mop and detergent solution. Discard wipes as described above.
- Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt means no mold.
- Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.