Mold Removal Steps
The good news is that mold can be eradicated and the quicker the
better. There are a number of mold removal companies operating in
Ontario. The best ones adhere to the international, standard-setting
codes of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration
Certification (IICRC), now rebranded as "The Clean Trust.” The IICRC
protocols are the industry's gold-standard. It is not a simple task to
remove mold, which is why restoration companies use cutting-edge
technology to combat the problem.
The first step is identification and assessment of the problem. The
restoration company will use thermal imaging to determine areas of
dampness, if there is mold present, and the potential for mold growth.
In some cases, you will already know the origin of the problem – a burst
pipe or sewer, for example – but mold often grows out of sight, behind
walls, under floors and in attics or crawl spaces.
After the source is located, the water problem will be contained.
If the area is wet, it will be pumped clear of any standing water and
all affected contents will be removed for assessment. The drying stage
employs state of the art dehumidifiers which can be used in between
walls and under flooring.
Other steps may include mildew and odour control, deodorizing,
damage repair, restoration carpentry and the cleaning of contents
offsite before being returned.
Mold is a menace, but it can be successfully removed. A fast start
by a professional restoration company will restore your property – and
you – to health.
How Mold Forms
An invisible menace growing in dark areas with little or no air circulation, thriving where there is water or humidity, mold often flourishes far from the property owner's gaze. It's only when the tell-tale stain finally appears on an exposed wall that a property owner realizes there is a mold infestation.
The onset of mold does not require an obvious event like a flood or a burst pipe. Homes are built with many materials that allow mold to thrive. Bursting pipes, ice damming, condensation, sewage leaks and foundation problems can all be causal factors. Mold spores naturally present in the air will opportunistically attach themselves to surfaces when the right conditions of humidity, dampness or poor air circulation are present.
Once attached, mold grows quickly. It can begin spreading within 24 hours of spores attaching to a surface and can increase by up to one square inch per day. With its growth comes a host of health challenges. Allergic reactions, worsening asthma and a variety of eye, nose and throat irritations are all symptoms. The young, elderly, pregnant and immune-suppressed are most at risk, but mold is a health hazard that can affect everyone.
Given the health ramifications and the speed with which mold spreads, it is imperative to call in restoration experts the moment there is suspicion of mold or a mold-creating event (such as a flood) has occurred.