You’ve probably heard us using the term “mold remediation” as the answer to mold found in homes and commercial buildings, along with the fact that you shouldn’t attempt the process yourself. We’ve laid out the remediation process so that you have a better understanding of what to do when you find mold in your space.

When you see or smell mold, call us right away—again, don’t attempt to remove the mold. If not done properly, the mold could actually spread and also cause further damage to the structure. You can, however, dispose of moldy materials.

Before beginning remediation, we’ll perform a mold inspection. In order to remove the mold, we need to know the depth of the problem. If you can only smell mold but can’t see it, we’ll need to locate it. Sometimes mold can be hiding underneath wallpaper, for example.

Once located and assessed, the mold needs to be contained by sealing off the area from the rest of the house or building. Then, we control the airborne mold spores with a spray. This is another reason your remediation should be done professionally—cleaning up visible mold won’t kill mold spores.

Sometimes, parts of the structure have to be removed when performing a remediation. Sheetrock is a common material where mold is found, so if that’s the case, we’ll remove the affected area. For areas that aren’t removable, we spray and scrub with a solution to get rid of visible mold and potential mold on nearby spots. Structures or materials that have been cleaned are then left to dry so that new moisture doesn’t result in more mold. Then, we’ll replace or rebuild anything that was taken out.

Depending on the severity of the mold issue, remediation can take as quickly as one day or a few days. The latter is typically the result for commercial spaces. Remediation can seem time-