What Happens During Mould Remediation?

Wednesday 25th October 2023

Ellen Warren

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When mould begins growing in your home, there is the potential for damage to both your property and your health. Its presence may lead to more serious consequences if left untreated, therefore mould remediation is an essential process.

At ICE Cleaning, our mould removal solutions utilise modern technology and industrial-grade solutions. Our 9-step removal process ensures that all traces of mould and airborne spores are eradicated from the property, and our experts will provide professional advice to prevent its return.

Read on to learn about safety measures taken during the mould cleaning process and long-term prevention strategies for keeping your environment mould-free.

The importance of mould remediation

Mould remediation is a necessity in the event of an infestation. The health risks linked to mould exposure range from allergies and irritations to more serious respiratory problems. Studies by the CDC show that living or working in damp environments can increase your risk.

Property damage is another concern because unchecked mould growth eats into building materials like wood and drywall. However, a successful remedial process can help stop the problem.

Professional services come with experience, specialised equipment, and rigorous safety protocols. Experts eliminate existing mould while also making sure it does not return. 

Understanding the mould remediation process

Mould remediation is a meticulous process, designed to restore your property to its pre-mould condition. Many remediation companies will have their own removal and cleaning process, and at ICE Cleaning we have a 9-step solution for mould. In this service, we include:

  • A full technical and moisture survey: We conduct a survey of the site to identify the levels of damp and humidity on your property, and discover the root cause of the mould.
  • A protein swab: This is done to check the severity of the affected areas and identify the type of mould.
  • Installation of an air scrubber: We utilise air scrubbing technology to capture spores and harmful allergens in the air.
  • Use of a HEPA-rated vacuum: Our equipment contains high-efficiency particulate air filters to remove loose surface mould.
  • Application of our ICE SHIELD® solution: We have a bespoke industrial-grade solution specially made to kill all harmful surface bacteria and prevent their return for up to 28 days
  • Fogging of the entire property: We fog the property using an industry-leading ULV machine, removing any remaining mould spores in the air.

Professional assistance in mould remediation

Mould infestations can be difficult to combat, so expert help can majorly benefit this situation. Professionals from companies like ICE Cleaning have the expertise and specialised equipment.

Our knowledge allows us to identify the mould type, which dictates the remediation strategy. It is not just about getting rid of visible mould; it is also crucial to find hidden growths.

We use advanced tools for detection and removal, ensuring every spore is dealt with effectively. Moreover, our experts ensure that mould regrowth does not occur, offering long-term solutions rather than temporary fixes.

Hiring professionals is not an unnecessary expense but a smart investment towards maintaining a healthy environment free from the damaging effects of mould.

Safety measures in mould remediation

Addressing mould is a matter of safety. Handling mould can pose health risks, so professionals are needed instead of relying on DIY solutions.

Mould remediation requires protection, such as gloves, eye protection, and breathing apparatus. This is to guard against contact with potentially hazardous spores that can induce hypersensitivity reactions or respiratory problems.

With these, you can avoid direct contact with toxic spores that cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues.

Besides personal protection, our experts will isolate affected areas to prevent further spread of mould spores. Overall, safe mould remediation requires professional handling for effective and secure results.

Long-term prevention of mould growth

Preventing mould from returning is key. This involves creating an environment where it cannot thrive. The first step is controlling moisture levels in your home, as high humidity provides the perfect breeding ground for mould spores.

You must fix leaks promptly and use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to reduce indoor humidity levels. According to Bed Advice, ideal indoor humidity should be between 30% and 40%. Regularly cleaning surfaces prone to dampness also helps keep mould at bay.

In addition, proper ventilation plays a significant role in preventing long-term mould growth. So ensure that areas like bathrooms and kitchens are well-ventilated, using extractor fans if needed.

The impact of neglecting mould remediation

Ignoring mould issues can lead to serious consequences. Neglecting mould can be hazardous to your health, and ruining your possessions.

Mould thrives in damp environments and when left untreated, will continue to spread. It eats away at the material it grows on, leading to structural damage over time. This could potentially cause irreversible damage that is costly to fix.

Apart from physical effects, ignoring mould can affect your mental wellbeing, too. Studies show a link between living in a mould-infested home and increased stress levels. Timely remediation is key to avoid these repercussions

Frequently asked questions

What is the proper way to remediate mould?

The right method includes an assessment, containment of affected areas, air filtration, removing and cleaning mould-infested materials then restoring them.

How long does mould remediation take?

Mould remediation can last from one to five days based on the severity of the infestation and size of your home.

What are the three levels of mould remediation?

The three tiers cover small (less than 10 sq ft), medium (10-100 sq ft) and large scale infestations (more than 100 sq ft).

What kills mould permanently?

Household solutions like vinegar or baking soda can kill surface mould but not hidden spores. Professional help is needed for permanent solutions.

Get in touch

ICE Cleaning offers mould remediation to all clients nationwide, working closely with local councils to adhere to Awaab's Law at all times. Our experts are able to clean your property 24/7 and can be within a few hours of your first call.

To book a site survey and get a free, no-obligation quote today, you can contact us at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We always prioritise your needs and ensure your expectations are met throughout.

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