A mold, can be termed as a living organism that takes on the shape of a mushroom and at times can also come in the form of yeast. Many people believe that it is possible to tell whether a fungus is toxic or not just by looking at it using the naked eye. This is however not true. Color is the main identifier used when it comes to looking at fungus. You will however learn that there exists hundreds of thousands of mushrooms and fungus all coming in different shapes, sizes and color. In order to tell what kind is present at your property, you will need to utilize a high density microscope so as to be able to look at the matter making up the fungus. The mold remediation process is however the same for all kinds of molds.
Fungi is only able to survive as long as certain conditions are present. Among the conditions that provide for a habitable environment are the presence of; water and oxygen. As such, there are people who will attempt to eliminate fungi by doing away with the food sources. Even though it is a logical decision, it may take time before all the fungi can die off.
Dealing with problems that are brought about by water is the only known solution to taking care of such a problem. The important of doing away with mushrooms and fungi is underscored by the fact that people spend ninety percent of their time inside the house. With mold being present, you can be sure that it will contaminate the air. Contaminated air will in turn lead to health problems as the body needs access to clean, fresh air for it to survive.
Black fungus, as is commonly known is a kind of fungi that produces toxins in very large numbers. When it comes to handling these particular kind, it will be advisable to exercise caution. The remediation process should begin as soon as fungi has been noticed in a residence. Do not wait until the last minute when it has grown to start taking care of it.
Unlike other kinds of home related problems, it is not necessarily important to have fungi tested before it can be removed. The only solution to its presence is immediate removal. As such, you will find that the removal process can be broken down to about five stages.
The five stages will include; safety, contamination control, assessment, moisture and source removal. Safety as a category deals with ensuring that those who will come in to direct contact with it during removal are sufficiently protected. Before remediation can begin, an assessment must take place. The same will also be needed for when remediation has been completed.
Contamination control on the other hand deals with all matters related to ensuring that it does not spread beyond certain places. It needs to be contained within a particular perimeter as a way of ensuring that all the areas that have not yet become contaminated remains that way. This actually helps in ensuring that removal does not take longer than necessary.
Source removal deals with removing it from the area where it all begun. In many cases, this will be the specific areas of a house that have recorded a very high moisture content. Moisture is the main factor that causes mold to appear, survive and continue spreading all through a house undisturbed.
The methods used to deal with this kind of problem will determine whether the house needs to be torn down. When beginning remediation, you can break down the house in to various parts. The parts that will need the highest amount of time and attention are those that happen to have a high moisture content. The success of any remediation process is always pegged on the ability of a person to control the water sources. As long as water is available, fungi will continue thriving.
Upon successful removal, the next process will be to embark on cleaning air. Air cleaning is necessary as it ensures that all airborne mold spores have been dealt with. If not removed, individuals could end up inhaling them and therefore place their lives at risk.
When embarking on cleaning the air, you will need to make use of special filters. HEPA filters are the most recommended in that they have very small holes. Compared to regular filters, HEPA filters will make sure that they have captured all the spores available on the air. Vacuuming will also require that only HEPA filters are used. Without this kind of filter, any other activity you undertake will be in futility.
In residences where the problem is not too big, the property owner may choose to do the cleaning himself. All he will need is to make a visit to the hardware store and he will be fully sorted. However, there are instances that will require the home owner to call in the Portland, Oregon mold removal contractors. These are people who have the necessary expertise and skills required to deal with such problems.
Contractor selection process needs to be undertaken with care. When it comes to locating a mold removal contractor, you need to first identify with the services that this contractor will be performing. Otherwise, they could end up charging you a large amount of money for a very small problem.
You also need to take them through a screening process. The screening process is to ensure that the contractors have performed this kind of tasks before and are well versed with the remediation process. In addition, seek to see some of the work that they have undertaken. This should be contained in a portfolio document that should be presented to you during the interviewing process.
Also, make sure that you have agreed on the costs before hiring any firm. You do not want to hire a firm only to find that what it is charging you for the removal process is way more expensive than what you can afford. Once mold has been removed, it may be important to have the house repainted.