Mold Mitigation & Remediation
Guidelines for Mold Mitigation
Contain the mold from spreading
Kill the Mold
Remove the dead mold
Protect the cleaned out area against future mold infestations
Remediation generally requires more than simple clean-up. The goal is also to prevent the mold from recurring. This involves fixing the water problem, drying the excess moisture, cleaning the area, and removing the mold. The true extent of the mold and mold damage is often not determined until the visibly inaccessible areas are opened up.
Mold remediation should always be performed by trained and certified mold professionals since there are health risks associated with mold contact, especially toxic or black mold.
Can Bleach be used to Remediate Mold?
Bleach is not effective on porous materials for killing mold:
OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) does not recommend bleach as a product to be used for mold remediation.
In order to kill mold, you must penetrate the root system. Bleach is only effective on non-porous surfaces but is dangerous to use.
Bleach is 99% water! Since water is one of the major food sources for mold, bleach can actually contribute to the mold growing back faster and heavier. Mold spore counts can actually double by feeding on the water introduced in a cleanup attempted with bleach.
The ionic structure of bleach allows only the water to penetrate the porous surface of wood. The chlorine in bleach stays on the surface and off-gases losing any of its effectiveness. These gases can be extremely harmful and may result in hospitalization.
Bleach is corrosive.