Why Containment is Necessary During Mold Removal
Thanks to a heightened awareness regarding what mold can do to one’s health, the mold removal industry has grown tremendously. However, not many mold removal companies will take the time to properly prepare a space for the mold removal process.
Mold spores are more likely to spread if the area isn’t first contained. These microscopic spores can escape to other parts of a building or home via vents, pets, people or air currents. Back in 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found evidence that when exposed to indoor mold, people showed signs of upper respiratory tract issues such as coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. These same health issues can occur during the mold removal process if there isn’t proper containment.
What is mold containment?
Containing mold should not be taken lightly in the mold remediation process. Any professional mold remediation company should seal off all areas that are being treated in order to prevent the spread of spores.
What is the purpose of mold containment?
The purpose is quite simple: to limit the release of mold into the air and into surrounding rooms. Containing the area will prevent those working or living in the structure from suffering the health issues mentioned above.
How is mold contained?
Depending on the size of the mold problem and the complexity of the issue, there are different levels of containment that a professional mold remediation company can choose from.
- Limited Containment: This is for smaller mold issues that cover anywhere from 10 to 100 square feet. Only a single layer of polyethylene sheeting is required, though the entire area must be properly sealed off using duct tape and have a slit entry along with a covering flap.
- Full Containment: This remediation method should be used for mold spots over 100 square feet. Two layers of polyethylene covering will be used in this situation in order to create a barrier between contaminated and non-contaminated parts of the home. An airlock chamber should also be used for entry and exit from the mold contaminated area.
Whether you’ve found a large mold colony or a small one, it’s always a good idea to get your home tested. If the tests turn out positive, be sure to give BGS Environmental Services Inc. a call so we can remove the household mold before it gets worse!