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Protect Yourself And Your Building From Mold

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Safety goggles

When taking on a mold remediation job, whether big or small, it’s important to protect yourself with personal protective equipment. PPE also assists in protecting against cross-contamination of mold to other unaffected areas. Take care to choose the right PPE for your mold cleanup project.

1. Goggles
Safety goggles must cover the eye area completely (no vent holes or other gaps) so that the eyes are protected from dust and other tiny particles. Safety glasses or goggles made for this type of work or full-face respirators are needed.

2. Respirators
Respirators are important in the mold remediation process; they prevent inhaling mold spores, dust and other debris. Make sure that you only use a respirator that’s recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and use according to the OSHA regulations. Three types of respirators add different levels of protection: minimum, limited and full.

3. Gloves
When cleaning mold-infested areas, gloves protect your skin from contact with the mold and cleaners. Household rubber cleaning gloves should be fine when using a mild cleaner. However, if you’re going to be using stronger cleaners, such as a biocide (e.g., chlorine bleach), you should wear gloves that provide more protection (e.g., neoprene, PVC, nitrile, polyurethane or natural rubber). Ideally, these gloves should reach the middle of the forearm for maximum protection.

4. Disposable Clothing
If you’re dealing with a medium or large amount of mold growth, disposable clothing is crucial for protecting your skin, as well as preventing cross-contamination into unaffected areas. Depending on the scale of the remediation process, you may only need paper coveralls, while for a larger job, a TYVEK suit, mold-safe head and foot coverings. All gaps in the protective wear should be sealed (duct tape works well).

Contact A Mold Removal Company In Independence When Water Damage Has Occurred

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can develop because of a leak in the roof, plumbing, foundation, or inadequate ventilation in an area. Mold can develop within 48-72 hours after a water event has occurred. There are over 100,000 different types of mold in the world that reproduce and feeds on organic matter. When the mold becomes dry, millions of spores can be released into the air. Moisture level, temperature, and stagnant air will improve the chances of mold growth. At the first sign of this fungus, contact a Mold Removal Company in Independence before it becomes worse.

When the mold is not removed quickly, it can stain and damage walls, floors, clothing, drapes, and any other item it grows on. The foul smell that is released when a mold is present can be difficult to remove with the experience of a Mold Removal Company in Independence.

The main thing that must occur before mold removal takes place is to eliminate the water source that’s increasing the moisture. All areas around where the mold is visible should be inspected. After a flood, mold can grow behind drywall, in carpets, and behind the drapes. The contaminated area will need to be isolated so mold spores can’t travel to other areas of a building. Wet, damp or moldy items will need to be properly bagged and removed. If the cause of the mold is a leaking roof, the insulation in the attic may need to be removed and replaced.

Mold removal and disinfecting of the area should only be performed by an experienced mold removal company. Failure to follow proper procedures could lead to mold spreading throughout the home through the air. Visit SERVPRO of East Independence/Blue Springs to find out more about flood water removal, ventilation, carpet, tile, grout and marble cleaning.