6 Steps to Successful Mould Remediation
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Water damage can really wreak havoc in the home, whether from a leaky roof or a burst pipe. Experts agree that one of the most important factors when dealing with water damage is time as mould can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. If left unchecked, certain types of mould can cause some serious health concerns such as respiratory problems.
But what do you do if you’ve already found mould in your home? There may not have been a large storm or flooding, but maybe there’s been a pipe leaking somewhere in your home during excessively humid weather. Whatever the cause of the mould, it is essential that you act quickly – especially if the time it started growing is uncertain.
The best first step you can take is to call the professionals at Kleen-Tech in Melbourne on 1300 13 46 07. Available 24 hours a day, they can talk you through the scope of the mould problem and what equipment or personnel you might need to resolve it.
While every mould damage scenario is different, the approach to remediating it stays the same. The following steps outline the method a professional will take when returning your home to a liveable condition.
Step 1: Inspection and Damage Assessment by a Professional
Before any work can take place, the first step to an effective remediation is an initial assessment of the mould damage. Since mould colonies will often begin growing out of sight – favouring dark and damp areas – specialised equipment is often required to locate all the mould and pinpoint the water source causing it to prevent future recurrence. During this period professionals will also work quickly to determine any objects that will be salvageable or that will need to be condemned.
Step 2: Containing the Mould
Professionals will use various containment procedures to prevent the mould spreading and potentially causing damage to the structure or objects in the home. These measures may include physical barriers to the mould and negative air pressure to prevent spores from spreading during the cleaning process.
Step 3: Air Filtration
The professionals at Kleen-Tech utilize powerful air filtration units during the mould remediation process to capture microscopic mould spores in the air, assisting the containment of mould by preventing its spread.
Step 4: Removal of Mould and Mould-Affected Materials
The amount of mould that has grown and the types of surface it has grown on will heavily affect the specifics of the remediation process. Depending on how much time the mould has had to grow, removal of infested materials such as drywall and flooring may be necessary – again illustrating the importance of time when you do find mould in the home. However, anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to kill off the mould colonies where possible to salvage whatever materials possible.
Step 5: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
During the initial assessment, professionals will act fast to isolate salvageable mould-affected belongings and furniture. During this phase of the clean-up they will then treat any belongings affected by mould with a variety of cleaning techniques and products to ensure they are returned to their previous condition wherever possible.
Step 6: Removal and Restoration
If any materials need to be removed such as drywall or carpets, it is during this phase that these will be replaced. Depending on the extent of the removal necessary, this can range from minor repairs and simply replacing some carpet and drywall to major repairs involving reconstruction of entire sections of the home or business.
If You See or Smell Mould, Call Kleen-Tech
The experts at Kleen-Tech are highly trained and understand mould and mould growth. We have the know-how, equipment, and essential protective gear necessary to safely conduct all mould repairs and return your home or business to a comfortable, livable state free from harmful spores and bacteria.