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Preventing Cross-Contamination During Mold Remediation

In Water Damage Specialist on June 16, 2021 at 4:38 pm
Rytech Nashville

A mold-contaminated home will have hordes of microscopic mold spores lurking within the immediate vicinity of the contamination. If not done properly, efforts to remove the mold can result in cross-contamination, dispersing the mold spores to areas that were not previously overrun with mold. It’s best to leave mold remediation tasks to mold remediation professionals.

Mold remediation experts like Rytech Nashville utilize methods that have been proven to be effective in preventing cross-contamination. Some of these measures include:

Preliminary air sampling

This helps mold remediation professionals identify mold-contaminated areas. These target areas can then be isolated to prevent spores from spreading to locations that remain mold-free.

Air sealing

If the contaminated area is more than 30 square feet, it will be air sealed with 6 mil plastic barriers to isolate it from the rest of the house. HVAC vents in the affected area will also be sealed.

Applying negative air pressure

To be able to prevent airborne spores from spreading to mold-free areas, a negative air machine will be installed; this reduces the air pressure in the contaminated site. The device comes with a highly efficient HEPA filtration system, which helps contain the spores.

Access restrictions

Only trained mold remediation professionals who are equipped with professional protective equipment are allowed within the contaminated area while mold remediation operations are ongoing.

Vacuuming

After all active mold growth and any infected materials have been removed, the entire area is vacuumed with HEPA-filtered equipment.  It will then be unsealed, with all surfaces inside the area wiped down with an antimicrobial cleaner. 

Post mold remediation air sampling

Air samples will be taken throughout the home, to ensure that mold has been removed and all the other parts of the house remain uncontaminated.

Rytech Nashville has been providing quick and effective mold remediation solutions to Middle Tennessee residents since 1995. The team’s IICRC-certified technicians will discuss the types of mold found and suggest an immediate and efficient plan of action to remove the mold and detect the moisture causing it. Schedule an appointment today and see how they can help.

Rytech Nashville has become a leader in the water damage restoration and mold remediation industry. From its humble beginnings in one location, the company has reached exponential growth and currently provides service to 49 major markets across 25 states. Call (615) 751-8445 for more information.

Keeping Your Nashville Home Healthy After Mold Remediation

In Water Damage Specialist on August 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

Water Damage RestorationNashville is hot. Nashville is humid. Those are two truths that can’t be denied from spring until fall. If you have experienced water intrusion, it’s crucial to keep this in mind once your restoration and mold remediation service provider has left. Failure to take the heat and humidity into consideration can leave you with another round of unsightly – and unhealthy – mold.

Keep reading as we pick the minds of Rytech’s water damage restoration professionals for a few tips to help Nashville homeowners avoid paying for mold remediation a second time.

Q: Is it possible to eliminate mold in the air?

Rytech: Yes, it is. Keep temperatures cool and change your HVAC filter every month if you are worried about mold. Keep in mind that not all air filters are created equally, and you will need a product with a MERV rating of at least 11 to remove the majority of mold spores floating around your home.

Q: Are there other ways that an air-conditioning system can help reduce the spread or return of mold?

Rytech: Absolutely. When you turn on your HVAC, air circulates throughout the home. This helps keep things dry, which is crucial if you have experienced water damage and already paid for mold remediation. Check Nashville listings for an HVAC service provider to inspect your system to ensure that it is working correctly and that there are no leaks in the ductwork. This can cost between $50 and $100 but is a small price to pay to ensure that your system is efficiently reducing humidity.

Q: Okay, so now that we know about mold in the air, what are some other factors that contribute to the problem?

Rytech: Surface mold can also be a problem, especially when it remains in a dark and humid environment. One common cause of chronic moisture, aside from excessive indoor humidity, is small leaks in the plumbing. You may not notice it for many days or weeks, but poorly sealed pipes behind the walls can leech water into the drywall or, worse, the frame of your house. Something else to look for is roof damage.

Q: How can your roof cause a mold problem?

Rytech: Your roof has one job, which is to keep the elements out of your house. If it has even a minor infraction, rainwater or melting ice can enter the structure. Like leaking plumbing, this can damage your home and cause a mold invasion. Usually, a roof leak is first noticed by discoloration on the ceiling.

Q: What about the areas of the home that you don’t often visit, such as the basement or attic? Is it possible to prevent mold in these areas?

Rytech: Our Nashville mold remediation technicians often respond to issues in attics and basements. Their experience tells us that air circulation is the best preventative medicine. Unfortunately, these areas are usually not heated or cooled, so each homeowner must ensure natural airflow.

Q: How?

Rytech: It is not difficult to ventilate the attic as most homes already come with attic vents. But, if this is not enough, contact your local roofing company or handyman to ask about installing a turbine. It is also important to have the right kind of insulation materials in place. This serves to control the ambient temperature. After a roof leak, wet insulation should be removed immediately and affected areas allowed to dry before replacing the insulation.

For more information about water damage restoration and mold remediation services, visit Rytech Nashville’s website at https://rytechnashville.com.