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How Does Mold Containment Prevent Cross Contamination in a Commercial Property?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Bear / New at (302) 392-6000

If you are dealing with mold contamination in a commercial property, a mold cleanup service may recommend containment. Containment can help prevent cross-contamination, such as the spread of mold to a new environment or the reintroduction of mold spores back into a structure that has been treated for mold. 

Containment Procedures During Mold Remediation Services

Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans

Adequate ventilation plays an important part in promoting drying after water damage and can prevent mold from developing. Once mold is present, however, you should turn off systems that circulate air from the contaminated portions of a structure to unaffected areas. If spores spread and find other moist surfaces conducive to growth, the mold problem in your commercial property may get worse. 

Seal Off Affected Areas

If a mold cleanup service discovers anywhere from 10 to 100 square feet of contamination in your property, they may recommend limited containment. This involves using a single layer of polyethylene sheeting to enclose the affected area as well as a slit entry and exterior flap. It is also important to seal off air supplies as well as vents, doors, and pipe chases.

Build Negative Air Chambers to Create Negative Air Pressure

If more than 100 square feet of your property is contaminated or mold growth is extensive, cleanup specialists may create an airtight containment area. This involves plastic barriers and double layers of polyethylene. It may also require a decontamination chamber.

Conduct a General Cleanup
Throwing out porous objects, such as baseboards, drywall, and insulation, can be an effective isolation procedure during mold cleanup. While this process is not always categorized as control, it does help stop the spread of fungus.

Sometimes specialized air filters can be used to help isolate the mold problem. HEPA filters, for example, are fine filters that can catch spores and other particles. Regular filters might not be able to stop the spread of fungus, which is why it is so important to use expert-recommended products when trying to stop the spread of mold.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Understanding the containment procedures used to stop mold spores during mold cleanup may make you more comfortable with the commercial remediation process. You can learn more about the steps used to stop mold contamination before hiring a cleanup team.

The experts at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can provide more insight into mold remediation for your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaningwater damagefire damage, and mold remediation needs! 

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