Westchester NY Mold contamination is a serious risk to health and its immediate removal is key.
Although every Westchester County Mold Removal project is different, here are some of the steps we take when we try to identify the source of mold, determining the types and levels of mold that are present, designing a mold removal plan and addressing the moisture source that caused mold to develop in the first place, because Westchester NY Mold contamination is a serious risk to health and its immediate removal is key. MORE ON MOLD HEALTH AFFECTS IN Westchester County
1.) Identify the source of mold. Without first identifying the conditions that started the mold growth, mold remediation or removal will not be successful. Moisture meters, and infrared cameras are used to find pockets of moisture, or leaks that may be the problem.
2.) The need to identify the extent of the mold contamination. Air sampling (mold testing) can be employed to measure the extent of mold contamination. Often the mold has been growing for quite a while and where the spores have migrated to is unclear. Air testing can be used to find out since the spores are 1/100th the width of a human hair, they are impossible to see with the naked eye.
3.) Mold Containment. During the mold removal and remediation process the mold spores will often become disturbed and sent into the air. This can lead to the home being cross contaminated and create a problem that is now much worse than the original problem. Because of this, we use mold containment equipment, this involves the use of HEPA filtration, negative air machines and plastic sheeting.
4.) Mold Removal. After containment is in place, the removal of porous materials such as sheet rock, upholstered furniture, carpeting, insulation begins. Porous items are often impossible to clean and have to get tossed.
5.) Mold Cleanup. During a mold remediation project most materials do not require removal. Non-porous Items such as plastics, metals, some woods and stone can be cleaned using CAL-Brite anti-microbial cleaner. HEPA vacuums are utilized to remove all remaining mold spores from the contaminated area.
6.) Mold Clearance Testing. Once a removal project is complete, a final mold clearance inspection is performed. This can range from simply a visual inspection of the area to a full range of air quality (mold testing) and surface samples.