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Q&A: How Can We Prevent Cross-Contamination During Mold Remediation?

The mold remediation professionals at Rytech Nashville explain how to contain mold and prevent it from contaminating your entire home.

Q: Would you advise homeowners to do mold remediation themselves?

A: Mold contamination can be difficult to contain. If mold remediation is not done properly, it could disperse microscopic mold spores into the air, contaminating areas that were originally mold-free. This is why it’s best to leave mold remediation tasks to mold remediation professionals like Rytech Nashville. We utilize methods that have been proven to be effective in preventing cross-contamination.

Q: Why should you do air sampling?

A: Taking air samples prior to the actual mold remediation procedure is important because mold spores are not visible to the naked eye. The types of mold present can often be determined by analyzing air samples. Doing this can also help mold remediation teams assess the severity of a mold problem.

Q: How is mold contained?

A: 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.

Q: What do negative air machines do?

A: Negative air machines not only clean the air but also create negative air pressure, which isolates a space and prevents the spread of infectious pathogens. This prevents airborne mold spores from contaminating mold-free areas.

Q: Are we allowed to enter the contaminated area while the mold remediation is underway?

A: For your safety, only trained mold remediation professionals who are equipped with professional protective equipment should be within the vicinity.

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 antimicrobial cleaning agents. For everyday maintenance, homeowners can use cleaning products recommended by the CDC.

Another round of 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’s mold remediation solutions have been bringing peace of mind to Middle Tennessee residents since 1995. The team’s IICRC-certified technicians will readily recommend a treatment plan to remove the mold and detect the moisture causing it. Schedule an appointment today.

Count on Rytech Nashville for your water damage restoration and mold remediation requirements. 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.

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