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Environmental Protection Agency Mold Remediation Guidelines

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Environmental Protection Agency Mold Remediation Guidelines

Oh no! You moved things around in your home and found a huge patch of black mold! An incredibly common situation, the way in which you tackle the problem can have a great impact on your health and the health your family.

“Can I just paint over it? Why not just turn on some fans to air out the mold?”

Believe it or not, plenty of homeowners ask those exact questions. Mold remediation is serious business and unfortunately many people attempt to combat mold without understanding the dangers, taking the proper precautions, or removing the mold from the structure.

Check out this video of a homeowner performing mold remediation the right way:

Thankfully the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set forth guidelines to protect home environments during the process of mold remediation. Put simply, anyone tackling mold, such as the professional team at Environmental 911, must adhere to a strict set of guidelines in order to complete the mold remediation properly and protect the health of the inhabitants of the structure.

However, removing the mold and cleaning out the spores is just half the process. Where there is mold there is a water problem. If you clean up the mold but neglect to fix the water problem the mold will come back.

The second half of mold remediation involves:

  • Fixing plumbing leaks
  • Replacing roofing materials
  • Sealing or repairing basement leaks

Once the process is complete, visible mold and odors should be eliminated. Though there may be staining or cosmetic damage from the mold, there should be no remaining signs of living mold. There should be no remaining signs or symptoms of water damage or moisture. Ultimately, the goal of mold remediation is for inhabitants to re-occupy the area, without incidence of health complaints of physical symptoms of mold growth.

Sources:

EPA.gov [http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html]

Corey Binford Killing Toxic Black Mold [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzd0bz828nk]

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