Molds are basically living organisms and fungi forms like mushrooms and yeast. Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to tell whether a specific kind of fungus, is toxic or not just by looking at its color through the use of your naked eye. Given the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of different kind of fungus, you will find that it comes in different shapes, sizes and even color. It is only possible to tell the type that is present at a property through the use of a high density microscope. Even though there happens to be different kinds, you will not need to know each kind in order to undertake the mold remediation process.
All fungus will be treated the same way. Given that these are living organisms, they will often require food and water in order to be able to thrive. However, attempting to control it by controlling its food sources can be very complicated and time consuming. The best way to eliminate it, is only by taking care of water related problems.
It is important to eliminate this kind of problem given that people spend most of their time indoors. Given that you have to breathe for you to survive, you will need to make sure that you breathe in clean air. This will only be possible in a situation where the air has not been polluted by the presence of fungus.
Fungus, especially the kind referred to as the black fungus, has been known to produce toxins. A person will therefore need to be very careful when it comes to handling the fungus. It is always advised to make sure that fungus is taken care of immediately it has been noticed in any residence. This way, you will not put the lives of your loved ones in any immediate danger.
When it comes to the remediation process, you need to understand that upon coming across the presence of fungus, you do not have to spend money on having it tested. There is only one recommended solution, have it removed immediately. Removal takes on five stages; safety, assessment, contamination control, source removal and moisture removal.
Safety is all about protecting the people who will be removing it. A preliminary assessment is needed both before, and after removal has taken place. Contamination control is needed in order to make sure that it does not spread from the areas that have been contaminated and in to the uncontaminated areas.
It will be important to make certain that it has been completely removed from the source. The source is usually the area where it started from. It all comes down to the areas that have recorded a high moisture content. Too much moisture will cause this problem to take place in any residence. These are principles that will apply to all kinds of fungus that you come across.
Usually, as long as the remediation process is well executed, there will be no need to take a wrecking ball to a house. You will however need to make certain that the remediation process focuses on the areas that have too much wetness. Eliminating the water source is the best way of guaranteeing that this problem will not recur at the house.
Once fungus has been removed, it will become essential to have the air cleaned. The air must be cleaned of all airborne spores that could be present. Air is often cleaned through a process known as HEPA. This stands for, high efficiency particulate air scrubbers. In cases where scrubbers and vacuuming procedures are used in remediation, all filters must be HEPA filters. These are the only filters which have been designed to capture the tiniest of particles.
The filters used on a day to day basis will not work as they tend to have very large holes. In many cases where a minor problem has been reported, this problem can be taken care of in an expensive way. All that is required is that the home owner gathers a few supplies from the hardware and he will be good to go.
Where the problem is extensive and a contractor is needed, it will be important to protect yourself from contractors who are not trustworthy. In order to find the right company, it is always important to make sure that you have first educated yourself on what this process entails. Without correct information, you may find yourself being taken advantage of. This is because the contractors will want to make some money from your plight by making the problem sound more complicated than it actually is.
It is highly recommended to make certain that one is properly dressed when attempting to address such a problem. He will need to make sure that he has filtration mask and a pair of gloves. Where possible, it is also advised to ensure that a protective suit is available. This is more so in a case where an individual has to make use of chemicals that are harsh in nature. The same is also needed for projects that are of a large nature.
At times, it will be vital to have the HVAC air ducts cleaned by a professional. The ducts can collect dust over time. They have also been known to collect mild spores especially when they go for a very long period of time without being cleaned. It is therefore important to ensure that ducts are cleaned after a few months. This will guarantee that they do not collect in this area and become harmful to your health or to that of people closest to you, When remediation has been completed, it becomes important to make certain that restoration is performed. In some cases, restoration may cause more than the removal. It all comes down to how much damage had taken place before removal was done. It will therefore be advisable to consult with a Portland, Oregon contractor on how restoration can be achieved within the residence without costing an arm and a foot. Always make certain you are well informed.