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Mold Remediation

There are 8 important steps to proper mold removal in a home or officeor any other state. Once a mold clean-up project is at a point where drying (if applicable) aggressive removal, thorough cleaning and secondary cleaning are complete, it is now time to prepare to apply an antimicrobial coating to properly cleaned framing. This is a step that is not without some draw backs and confusion. Many people including far too many remediation firms think that this step is to encapsulate or cover up mold. This is absolutely not the case!

Some of the main reasons to seal coat cleaned framing after mold remediation are to put a non-organic antimicrobial coating on framing to prevent mold growth in the future, to create a less porous surface which prevents accumulation of particulates over time, it helps to reduce dust in the future by preventing the wood from shedding fibers, and it prevents moisture from penetrating the wood as easily. With proper cleaning, seal coating should not be required to pass air quality testing, however it can be a very beneficial step to put a finishing touch on a remediation job.
Some of the drawbacks of seal coating can be that if the framing does get wet in the future it will dry much more slowly because of the coating, it can be a cover up for an improper or incomplete mold remediation and it does add some cost. In our opinion and in the opinion of most industrial hygienist, any coatings applied should be clear - not white - so that surfaces can be thoroughly evaluated for cleanliness and so no improperly cleaned surfaces can be covered up. It makes it much more difficult to sell a home if an attic or basement is painted white because every party involved will wonder what is being hidden behind the coating.

Antimicrobial sealants can be very beneficial to the mold remediation process and we recommend it on almost all of our projects. However it must be used responsibly and in accordance with industry standards. Far too often we see firms using it improperly and without properly cleaning underlying surfaces. On balance we feel that the pro's greatly outweigh the con's on this mold removal step.

You can review our previous professional mold remediation steps on our blog found at our website. The next two steps we post will complete the 8 steps of proper mold removal which all home owners and business owners should be aware of.


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The presence of mold in an indoor environment is typically due to things such as chronic humidity and condensation, poor ventilation, improper appliance exhaust, improperly mitigated water damage, or a combination of these conditions. Whatever the cause, the mold growth should be inspected by a qualified mold remediation contractor.
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Hello,
Firstly I would like to thank you for useful tips for mold remediation.
How can differentiate mold and mildew ?
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Hello,
Firstly I would like to thank you for useful tips for mold remediation.
How can differentiate mold and mildew ?
Hi there,
Mold and mildew are almost the same as you look at it. However, mold is slimy and powdery while mildew is watery. "The difference between mold and mildew usually is in their appearance and the surfaces on which they are growing. Mold is often thicker and black, green, red or blue in color, and mildew usually is lighter, powdery and gray or white. Both mold and mildew often grow in moist and warm locations, but mildew is more often found in showers, on paper and on fabrics, and mold is often found on foods and in walls and other permanent structures." - wisegeek.com
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Thanks to share informative reply.I think mold can be found anywhere in house or offices.Is Mold removal without professional costly or safe?
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Thanks for sharing the information. Mold must be removed otherwise it will cause healthy problem.

Try remove it by yourself. If failed you should call professional cleaners to help.
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Thanks to appropriate response.Cleanup method can remove hidden mold completely.Do you know method of cleanup?
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Thanks, Robert. This is something I've been trying to learn more about since I'm new to my company. Are there any surfaces that you wouldn't want to use antimicrobial coating on?
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Great post!
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Thank you for sharing! Great information.
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Thank you for the help!
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Ozone proves to be very effective for mold remediation. It is also effective in getting rid off spores, the invisible microscopic spores that are almost impossible to remove. And the best part is that it is cheap and very easy to use, its not at all messy like most of the other mold remediation methods.
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Very helpful. Thanks for sharing.
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There are many things that can lead to mold growth. When the conditions are right (humid, etc.), mold growths can appear. Although mold spores canít be completely removed, mold growths can be remediated. This means that the mold spore level can be brought back to normal. If youíre in need of some remediation services, just contact us at A+ Mold Remediation today!
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Why are you making mould complicated?? I guess to charge more?
We are external cleaners, we clean large schools, universities and large government buildings and homes. We clean some very large areas.
Simple. We have good gear to apply general 2% sodium hypochlorite with surfactants for buildings and use up to 6% for roofs.
That's not complicated and is an industry standard.
For a slower mould removal Benzalkonium chloride solutions are fast-acting biocidal agents with a moderately long duration of action.
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That sounds complicated. Just dry it and treat it.
In saying that, we are external cleaners.

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There are 8 important steps to proper mold removal in a home or officeor any other state. Once a mold clean-up project is at a point where drying (if applicable) aggressive removal, thorough cleaning and secondary cleaning are complete, it is now time to prepare to apply an antimicrobial coating to properly cleaned framing. This is a step that is not without some draw backs and confusion. Many people including far too many remediation firms think that this step is to encapsulate or cover up mold. This is absolutely not the case!

Some of the main reasons to seal coat cleaned framing after mold remediation are to put a non-organic antimicrobial coating on framing to prevent mold growth in the future, to create a less porous surface which prevents accumulation of particulates over time, it helps to reduce dust in the future by preventing the wood from shedding fibers, and it prevents moisture from penetrating the wood as easily. With proper cleaning, seal coating should not be required to pass air quality testing, however it can be a very beneficial step to put a finishing touch on a remediation job.
Some of the drawbacks of seal coating can be that if the framing does get wet in the future it will dry much more slowly because of the coating, it can be a cover up for an improper or incomplete mold remediation and it does add some cost. In our opinion and in the opinion of most industrial hygienist, any coatings applied should be clear - not white - so that surfaces can be thoroughly evaluated for cleanliness and so no improperly cleaned surfaces can be covered up. It makes it much more difficult to sell a home if an attic or basement is painted white because every party involved will wonder what is being hidden behind the coating.

Antimicrobial sealants can be very beneficial to the mold remediation process and we recommend it on almost all of our projects. However it must be used responsibly and in accordance with industry standards. Far too often we see firms using it improperly and without properly cleaning underlying surfaces. On balance we feel that the pro's greatly outweigh the con's on this mold removal step.

You can review our previous professional mold remediation steps on our blog found at our website. The next two steps we post will complete the 8 steps of proper mold removal which all home owners and business owners should be aware of.


Hope this helps!
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Hey,
Thanks for sharing your info it is very helpful.
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Thanks for the needful information.
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Those are some great tips that you have shared.

Also, mold grows under moist condition releasing spores in the air with high-risks of rashes, headaches and asthma attacks. In most of the cases, removal isnít the solution you have to kill it or else it will grow back.
Bleach is the long known effective home remedy to apply including other household cleanersí vinegar and borax.
While removing the mold, mask, eye protection and rubber gloves are recommended to use.

This will just give you a temporary solution. So, to get completely get rid of mold it is better to seek for mold removal services.
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