The Mould Removal Process

1. Inspection

One of our Mould Accredited Technicians will attend your property to conduct a visual inspection to begin with to determine the extent of the mould contamination. We will firstly discuss with you your concerns and any history of the property such as if there maybe any previous or current water leaks or water ingress we should know about. We will then commence the assessment by moisture testing, humidity testing and thermal imaging the surfaces to determine any underlying moisture issues that can’t be seen with a naked eye. Once we have identified that damage and cause, we will provide a detailed report and scope of works with recommendations to remediate the property and keep the mould from reproducing.

2. Correction

As part of our service we will advise you of the steps that are important to stop any further moisture or water ingress as this is very important to stop any food source of moisture to stop mould growth. This maybe such things as roof leaks, burst pipes, leaking pipes, leaking windows, failed waterproofing, use of dehumidifiers to regulate high humidity. Each customer will need a specific course of action for mould removal based on their situation, so the specifics of each job will be arranged once the initial inspection is complete.

3. Removal

The remediation process starts with setting up of negative air machines or air scrubbers to collect all airborne contaminants to provide a safer environment for our technicians to remediate your home. Secondly any water or mould damaged porous or semi porous materials will be removed and disposed of such as plasterboard or fibro wall or ceiling sheeting, carpet and underlay, smooth edge, laminate flooring etc. The third stage is to HEPA vacuum all affected surfaces to remove all surface spores to prevent any further airborne contamination. The fourth stage is to treat all affected surfaces by applying an anti-microbial solution to the surface and damp wipe with a micro fibre cloth or mop. This process will ensure that all surface mould contamination has not only been killed but more importantly removed. The fifth and final stage is call fogging. This is a micro mist treatment that kills all airborne contaminants and surface contaminants that we can’t get to or see with a naked eye. This procedure is only affective provided air scrubbers are used during the process to suck up all spores as we are killing them because there is no point fogging only to kill the spores and leave them on the floor or contents because dead spores still release mycotoxins the same as live mould spores. The key to Mould Removal is just that, REMOVAL. Not Killing.

4. Dry Out

If moisture is evident it must be dried out. We have air movers (blowers) and dehumidifiers which we will bring to the site to dry out the building to ensure that your building structure is dry. Otherwise the mould will continue to grow. It is vital that you don’t try and dry out the infected areas prior to the mould being removed as you may help spread mould spores further.

5. Prevention

Now it is time to make sure that our mould removal is permanent. This can only be achieved if the original root cause has been rectified. We will advise you on what needs to be done to achieve this. The most common preventative maintenance requirements are: Sub floor ventilation, rising damp treatment, drainage improvements, landscaping improvements, introduction of dehumidifiers, repair of guttering and down pipes, improving of overall ventilation and airflow, cutting back of trees, and bathroom ventilation just to name a few.

How Mould Can Affect Your Health

Moulds have the potential to cause health problems. Moulds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould/mould spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Allergic reactions to mould are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mould. In addition, mould exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mould-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mould.

Actions that will reduce moisture

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors – ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mould will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Actions That Will Help To Reduce Humidity

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers and stoves when possible.
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

Actions That Will Help Prevent Condensation

  • Reduce the humidity.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.

Many customers are extremely surprised with the amazing results of our mould removal service. We have been servicing nursing homes, golf courses, child care centre’s, hospitals, domestic laundries, bathrooms, bedrooms, basements and kitchens. In the past most of these customers had mould removed but it would be back within 2 weeks. We aren’t just limited to internal mold removal, we can remove mould from any surfaces including but not limited to: retaining walls, concrete, backyard patios, driveways and a wide range of external surfaces.

To learn more about Mould and it’s causes, check out our About Mould page.