Found Mold, Now What? A Guide to Post-Remediation Care

Found Mold? Discovering mold in your home can be a stressful experience. Thankfully, you tackled the problem head-on with a Mold Inspection and remediation. But the job isn’t quite finished. Here’s what you need to do to ensure a healthy and mold-free environment for the long haul.

  • Post-remediation inspection:

    Don’t assume the mold is gone for good. Hire a qualified Mold Inspector like Bio Pro to verify the remediation company’s work. We use air sampling or swab tests to confirm the absence of mold spores.

  • Moisture control:

    Monitor indoor humidity levels. Ideally, keep them below 60%.

  • Ventilation:

    Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Run exhaust fans during and after showers or using appliances that generate moisture.

  • Thorough cleaning:

    Mold can grow quickly on porous materials (like fabric, carpet, carpet pads, and foam cushions) that have gotten wet. It’s important to dry them as quickly as possible, before mold growth starts. A common rule of thumb is to discard porous materials if they are wet for more than 24-48 hours because they are likely to grow mold. However, if they look or smell moldy even before that, you should discard them. Because spores are more easily released into the air after moldy materials have dried out, remove moldy items as soon as possible. 

  • Remove and throw out: 
    • Wet materials that absorb water and look or smell moldy, like drywall or gypsum board, ceiling tiles, drapes, upholstered furniture, and products made from particleboard. 
    • Materials that have dried but look or smell moldy. Moldy wall-to-wall carpet can be hard to clean well. Throw out if the carpet, backing, or padding is moldy or has a moldy smell. Keep throw rugs that have gotten wet only if they can be thoroughly washed and do not smell moldy once they dry.

Verification is Key:
  • Post-remediation inspection: Don’t assume the mold is gone for good. Hire a qualified inspector to verify the remediation company’s work. They’ll use air sampling or swab tests to confirm the absence of mold spores
Address the Source:
  • Identifying the cause: Mold thrives in damp environments. Find and fix the source of moisture that caused the mold growth in the first place. This could be a leaky roof, plumbing issue, condensation problem, or inadequate ventilation.
Continued Monitoring:
  • Moisture control: Invest in a hygrometer to monitor indoor humidity levels. Ideally, keep them below 60%.
  • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Run exhaust fans during and after showers or using appliances that generate moisture.
Cleaning and Maintaining:
  • Thorough cleaning: Clean affected areas with a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water. Wear gloves, protective eyewear, and a respirator for safety.
  • Preventative measures: Regularly clean bathrooms, kitchens, and other moisture-prone areas to prevent mold spores from settling and growing.
  • Drying wet surfaces promptly: Never let spills or leaks sit for extended periods.
Watch Out for Warning Signs:
  • Mold can reappear: Be vigilant for any signs of mold growth, such as musty odors, visible discoloration on surfaces, or allergy symptoms like sneezing or coughing.
Living with Peace of Mind:

– Air purification: Consider using an air purifier with HEPA filters to trap remaining mold spores and improve indoor air quality.

– Professional consultation:  If you’re unsure about any aspect of post-remediation care, consult a professional mold remediation company or a certified indoor environmental consultant.

Living with Previous Mold Growth:

– Disclosure:  If you plan to sell your home, disclose any past mold problems to potential buyers. Provide documentation of the remediation work and post-remediation inspection report.

Preventing Future Mold Growth:

By taking these steps, you can create a healthy and mold-free environment for yourself and your family. Remember, prevention is key. Maintaining proper ventilation, addressing moisture issues promptly, and cleaning regularly will go a long way in keeping mold at bay. By following these tips, you can confidently say goodbye to mold worries and enjoy a safe and healthy home. If you feel there may be mold in your home, contact Bio Pro Mold for a whole home inspection. 

 

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