No one wants to think about mold growing in their home, but it is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of all homes in Austin Texas have some type of mold present. Mold growth can be dangerous to someone's health, and it can be damaging to your building materials. In order for mold to grow, it needs water and moisture, which means that a water event, such as a flood or water damage has previously happened.

If you think you have a mold problem at your home or business, you may need mold remediation services, such as those offered by Rytech Restoration of Austin, to properly and correctly remove source of the infestation. Mold remediation procedure standards very from state to state. Read on to get answers to the questions you may have about the mold remediation process in Texas.

Mold Inspection & Testing Process

The mold remediation process consists of multiple steps. When most people think of mold remediation procedures, they typically think of only the mold cleanup process. But mold required remediation, there is so much more than removing mold and cleaning the surfaces.

One of the biggest mold remediation requirements, is determining why mold is growing in the first space. This require the help of a certified mold remediation company to professional inspect your property for visible mold. Rytech's mold inspectors are trained and experienced on finding hidden pockets of moisture in areas of properties that mold will commonly grow.

A industrial hygienist is required to test the level and type of mold growth in the contaminated area through surface sampling porous materials suspect of mold growth, and provide a protocol to remediate the issue from you property. Once the mold testing process is completed and and the type of mold has been determined, that is when the removal and cleaning process starts.

Mold Remediation Process Steps

There are many steps that make up the mold remediation process. It is important to note that the order of the steps may vary, and your process may require more steps, depending on what type of mold is growing in your home and how extensive the mold infestation is. The below is a general guideline of the basic steps that are certified mold specialists follow.

Step 1: Containment

Once the mold source has been identified through a certified mold inspection and testing, affected areas should be sealed off through professional containment service. Mold should never be cleaned or remediated until the space has been sealed off and the environment is no longer dangerous. Sealing off a space helps to prevent cross contamination, which is when mold spores flying off into the air and enter other parts of your home or business.

There are many ways a professional Austin mold remediation company can get your space ready to work in, including hanging tarps or vinyl sheeting, installing HEPA filters or air filtration systems, and/or shutting off your heater, air conditioning system or HVAC unit.

Step 2: Identifying The Source

Anytime mold is being remediated, you must first figure out why mold is growing. Rytech Restoration of Austin will work with you through the mold inspection process to identify any affected areas and the extent of the damage. Hidden pockets of moisture are commonly found in basement, attics,

If the problem that led to the mold growth is not addressed, your issue will come back. A trained mold specialists will determine where the water or moisture is coming from and then solve that issue prior to removing any mold damaged materials.

Step 3: Damage Removal

Unfortunately, no Austin mold remediation company can salvage every material in a space that mold may have been growing. Some materials, particularly materials that are porous, such as insulation, drywall and ceiling tiles, cannot be cleaned or reused after mold has infested them.

They need to be removed and discarded, which might require demolition is some scenarios. Before mold is killed, technicians will go through the space with plastic bags and discard items that cannot be salvaged.

Step 4: Using Fungicide to Kill Mold

The fourth step in the mold removal process is actually killing and removing the mold. Chemicals used during this stage, including fungicides that are sprayed directly on moldy surfaces to kill toxic mold. The mold then falls away from the surface or gets wiped away repeatably during this phase of the mold mitigation process.

Step 5: Encapsulating the Remaining Mold

Despite their best efforts, there is always some mold that simply cannot be removed. This mold is then encapsulated. Encapsulating essentially means that the mold is sealed. This ensures that it cannot ever grow again, nor can it spores fly off, creating more problems in the future.

Do You Need a Professional Mold Remediation Process Completed In Austin? Turn to Rytech Restoration!

If you have a large amount of mold present in your home, you should never attempt to remove the mold on your own. Instead, you should always allow a professional, such as us at Rytech restoration, to complete the mold cleaning process and restoration process. If you have mold growing in a space in your home, such as the attic or crawl space, we would be happy to help you get your home mold free. Reach out to us today to schedule a free mold inspection.