Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the process of removal or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment. Molds are found everywhere inside and outside, and can grow on almost any material when moisture is present. Molds make spores which can be carried in the air. When these spores land in a wet place they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels that do not affect most healthy individuals. When these levels become abnormally high, mold remediation needs to be carried out by a professional remediation company.


The purpose of the clean-up process is to eliminate the mold and fungal growth and to remove contaminated materials. It is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must be removed since the chemicals and proteins, which cause allergic reactions, are still present even in dead mold.


FamilyDuring the remediation process, the level of contamination dictates the level of protection for the remediation workers. The levels of contamination are described as Levels I, II, and III. Each has specific requirements for worker safety.

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  • Level I:
    Small Isolated Areas (10 square feet or less) for example, ceiling tiles, small areas on walls. Remediation can be conducted by the regular building staff as long as they are trained on proper clean-up methods, personal protection, and potential hazards.


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  • Level II:
    Mid-sized Isolated Areas (10-30 sq ft) – for example, individual wallboard panels. Remediation can be conducted by the regular building staff as long as they are trained as for Level I. respiratory protection, occupation of the work and adjacent areas, and handling of contaminated materials, are the same as for Level I.


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  • Level III:
    Large Isolated Areas (30-100 sq ft) – e.g., several wallboard panels. Industrial hygienists performing microbial investigations and/or mold remediation should be consulted prior to remediation activities to provide oversight for the project. It is recommended that personnel be trained in the handling of Hazardous Materials and equipped with respiratory protection. Respirators must be used in accordance with OSHA respiratory protection standards. Gloves and eye protection should also be worn. Building materials and furnishings contaminated with mold should be placed
  • into impervious bags or closed containers while in the remediation area. These materials can usually be discarded as regular constructions waste.



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