Many methods of mold remediation have entered the market in recent times. Mold is also something that you absolutely have to get rid of if you want your home and belongings to stay untouched and intact. However, some of these remediation methods are good for you while others might be harmful instead.
Mold remediation is simply the removal of excessive mold present in your building and cleansing the air quality and interiors to acceptable levels whereby development of molds can be avoided. The most common areas of homes which develop molds include the attic, basement, crawlspaces, HVAC and the like.
Pros of mold remediation process
- Sampling through the viable sampling process is done with a moistened swab which is rolled on to the surface where mold has developed and then taken in a tube for testing. This method is suitable for visible mold. Samples of both indoor and outdoor air can be collected using this method which means that they can be compared to come to a solution.
- In the non-viable sampling method, the person conducting the test places a tape on the suspected surface and simply places the tape in a bag which is then sent to the laboratory for tests. Sometimes, air is also sucked into a slide specially prepared for this work. The tape method is cheap and the slide method allows for comparison between indoor and outdoor air.
- Using vinegar is an age old method of removing mold and this is inexpensive without doubt. It is also a good way to use materials already available at hand. Similar benefits can be generated from using baking soda which is both cheap and also easily available at home.
- Dry ice blasting is another common mold remediation method which is non toxic in nature.
- Essential oils can be used for removing molds and though they might not be inexpensive all the time, they are surely harmless to you and your children.
Cons of mold remediation process
- The viable sampling method presupposes that spores are airborne and this flawed at the very start.
- Tape lifts for non-viable sampling do not permit some differentiations such as between species of molds which look similar but aren’t in reality. This reduces the chances of adopting fool proof remediation methods. Identification is also difficult in case of the slide method of collecting air.
- Natural remedies such as vinegar can stink when applied in large quantities. A lot of effort might be required when putting vinegar and baking soda on a vast infected area.
- The essential oil method is fine as long as you have some extra at hand and the mold infestation is light and limited to a tiny area. No matter which essential oil you use, it will get pretty expensive and will cost you dearly if spread on a large area.
- Dry ice bursting is also expensive and needs extra caution while handling.
The best idea is to use a combination of testing methods and solutions. If you can spot an infestation in its early stage, you can try DIY methods but if it has spread vastly, then professional help is the best.