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Got Mold? Time for Marshalltown, IA Mold Remediation

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

ServiceMaster of Marshalltown provides Mold Removal and Mold Remediation in Marshalltown, IA and surrounding communities

We all know what mold is, and since it has been in the news from time to time over the last few years, most people are familiar with the risks associated with it. But how many know how to properly remove it and keep it from coming back? In most cases, mold removal and mold remediation is not a process for the do-it-yourselfer. Not having the proper equipment or failing to follow very strict safety guidelines may not only make the situation worse, but is potentially hazardous to your health. ServiceMaster of Marshalltown provides mold removal in Marshalltown, IA for your mold remediation needs!

What is it that makes mold removal and remediation such an exacting process? Mold is made up of microscopic spores that are easily transferred through the air. The greatest health risk is through inhalation. That can happen when mold is disturbed and becomes airborne while being removed. When hiring a professional, be sure they are certified in mold removal and mold remediation. A certified professional will follow all EPA regulations and ensure your property is not further contaminated.

There are specific steps and processes to follow in mold removal and mold remediation:

  • Protective equipment

Anyone removing mold must wear a quality dust mask or respirator to prevent inhalation of spores. They must also wear goggles since exposed eyes are a potential entry point to the body. Gloves and a full protective suit are also a must to prevent skin exposure and spore transfer.

  • Contain mold spores during removal and remediation

It is best to seal off the room where mold is being removed by using plastic sheeting and duct tape. Be sure the furnace or air conditioner is turned off to prevent re-circulation of mold spores throughout the rest of the building. To further prevent the spread of spores, create a negative pressure inside the room by directing exhaust fans outdoors to vent airborne spores from the building.

  • Removing mold

If dry mold is being removed, it should be moistened with a fine mist to reduce the number of spores released into the air. A certified professional will also know the best cleaning solution to use on each type of surface. What works on concrete may not be the right product for a material like drywall.

  • Prevent mold from returning

Non-porous surfaces like glass or tile probably need no further treatment once mold has been removed. However, carpet, drywall, and textiles need to be evaluated to determine whether they may be salvaged. Other porous surfaces like concrete may require further treatment.

When materials that have been affected or infested by mold are removed from an area, they should be sealed in a plastic bag and properly disposed of. Following cleanup, the area should be thoroughly vacuumed with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. The filter and vacuum bag also need to be sealed in a plastic bag before being removed from the area.

Mold removal and mold remediation is serious business that should be left to a professional. In Marshalltown, Iowa, that professional is ServiceMaster of Marshalltown. We are certified in mold remediation and are trained and equipped to remove and dispose of mold safely, properly, and permanently.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact ServiceMaster of Marshalltown. When it comes to your health and safety, we care about you, your family and your community.

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