Mold growth indoors is not always obvious. Most of the live microorganisms are thriving in hidden spots. Dampness is one of the conditions molds need to proliferate. These areas include the underside of carpets, the backside of drywall panels, and in the cramped, confined spaces where the pipes and ductwork run.
Mold growth after water incursion
While molds can grow in any house at any time when certain conditions are present, they also grow in the aftermath of a storm or flood. After a cleanup, there may be dampness in places, which are difficult to reach with conventional cleaning tools. With significant water incursion, pools might persist within the walls and ceilings. For as long as there is moisture, mold will take hold, and building materials could act as a barrier that keeps these hidden places damp for long periods. How then do flood damage experts in Ogden deal with mold-related issues?
Key cleanup guidelines for effective mold removal
When professionals employ mold remediation methods, they set up negative pressure onsite to prevent contamination of other areas of the house. This also requires putting up barriers. Setting up negative pressure is a good idea if the amount of mold growth is already considerable. The negative pressure prevents outward flow of air from the infested location thereby keeping the spores confined.
Mold control methods vary, and a specialist will choose the most appropriate approach given a situation. What sets them apart from amateur remediators is how they discard materials removed from the contaminated site. Some materials may not be fully cleaned, and when they cannot be salvaged they must be disposed of properly. The smaller items are sealed in bags while larger ones get covered with plastic sheeting and then transported away for disposal. There’s no danger of spreading the molds elsewhere if these materials are fully encapsulated.
If your area is prone to flooding, make sure only professionals handle mold remediation. Moreover, employ preventive methods so that molds don’t take hold in your home.