Mould remediation encompasses identifying and addressing mould issues in a structure. Mould remediation prevents the spread of mould by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mould – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.
What is involved in Mould Remediation?
Mould remediation involves mould clean up and removal by Rainbow International® specialists to address the damage and health risks associated with mould. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mould. Mouldy material must be removed and the damaged area reconstructed; therefore mould remediation is best left to a professional trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mould to other rooms. Expert mould remediation includes:
A Rainbow International contractor will come into your home to identify mouldy areas as well as the source of the problem. He will then formulate a mould remediation plan.
The source of the moisture problem is addressed and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home with mould spores stirred up during the removal process.
HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mould spores and other particles. The Rainbow International specialist will also wear goggles and masks to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.
Building materials and personal belongings in your home can be affected. Since mould is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mould doesn’t return is to remove affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners and sealants may be used to make treated areas more resistant to water and mould. You may need to have your heating and air conditioning systems professionally cleaned as well.
It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your Rainbow International mould remediation specialist will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.
The reconstruction process will begin after all mould-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mould-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, mouldy odors or visible mould to ensure the cleanup has been successful.
Mould grows quickly in dark, damp places such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Under the right conditions in these ares mould can grow very quickly, causing health risks and potential structural damage.
Health Risks of Mould
Due to the health risks associated with mould exposure, it is best to have mould remediation conducted as soon as possible. Though the type of reaction depends upon the mould present, according to both the EPA and CDC all moulds have the potential to cause health issues such as:
- Breathing difficulties
- Persistent cough or cold symptoms
- Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
- Asthma attacks
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals
Types of Mould
About 50 to 100 common types of indoor mould have the potential to create health problems. The most common types of indoor moulds include:
- Stachybotrys chartarum
If you suspect mould issues, don’t put them on the backburner. Protect the health of your family by contacting Rainbow International Restoration for a consultation and mould removal estimate. Rainbow International Restoration has locations across Canada the U.S. and abroad, offering service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to restore damages due to fire, water, smoke, mould, and more.