Crawlspace before remediation
Molds are a part of nature, but no one wants them causing health issues in their home. Molds produce allergens, irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). The most common responses include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash, and asthma attacks. Mold commonly grows in moist areas of your home, such as bathrooms and crawlspaces, but can also grow in your heating and air conditioning ductwork.
Once you have determined that mold is present in your home, the first step is to call a certified mold contractor, such as Paragon Solutions, Inc. The process starts with containing the mold to keep it from spreading to other areas of your home. Then professional grade and certified mold-removal agents are applied to kill the mold; once this is done the dead mold is removed. In many instances, Paragon Solutions, Inc. will recommend installing a dehumidifier to prevent future mold growth.
Negative pressure may also be used in the room being cleaned. To do this, an exhaust fan is run to blow air outside of the house. This way mold spores stirred up during the removal process end up outside. Air conditioning systems are also turned off before remediation begins.
Crawlspace encapsulation is conducted during any mold remediation project in a crawlspace. Our expert team installs a vapor barrier on the floor and walls of the crawl space, and then conditions the space to prevent future moisture issues from developing. In an encapsulated crawl space, the vapor barrier is run up the foundation wall and sealed (taped) to the floor vapor barrier. All supports, such as plumbing, that come through the vapor barrier are also sealed.
When the project is finished, all mold debris and unsalvageable items are bagged, sealed and properly disposed of by Paragon Solutions, Inc. Non-porous materials, such as glass, metal and hard plastic, can be wiped down and reused. Porous materials are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.