How do you get mould?
Mould in a residential or commercial property can manifest due to a number of reasons. Some of these include water damage, inferior indoor air quality, or a contaminated or poorly maintained HVAC system.
There are certain factors that increase the likelihood of your building gathering mould. High humidity matched with substandard airflow and low light creates a habitat that mould thrives in old, damp building materials that haven’t been removed or remediated correctly, as well as contaminated contents which can contribute towards cross-contamination.
Cross-contamination is also a factor that assists the manifestation of mould into a property. Often, contents that are highly contaminated with condition three visible microbial growth are moved into a property, and the mould spores spread.
How to remove mould?
The only way to remove mould is in accordance with the ANSI/IICRC S520-2015 standard for professional mould remediation. HEPA filtration, thorough pre-assessment/inspection, adequate containment, removing the affected materials, restoring what’s is left back to pre-loss condition, drying, clearance then reinstating or replacing those materials with new materials are ways to get rid of mould permanently.
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A physical removal process is used to eradicate mould at its source. This process includes using a HEPA filter, agitating the mould, cleaning, and then performing a chemical wash. A variety of different encapsulation products are used to ensure everything has dried.
How to treat and manage mould over time
Mould itself cannot be treated, but the indoor environment can be managed to discourage mould growth, including treating and managing environmental factors.
Actions include introducing air flow, utilising air purifiers, and regularly cleaning. Removing affected materials or contents that have condition three mould on it, and using a H1 HEPA class vacuum with clean filters and bags will also help manage the environmental factors.