From the use of a water-filled extinguisher to put out a fire, to a leak in your central heating system, there are many ways in which mould can occur. This fungal growth is attracted to any area that is dark, damp and has poor ventilation, and you need to deal with it as quickly as possible, as not only can it wreak havoc on your property but it can cause health issues too. Here at Spectrum Property Care, we have an extensive amount of experience in providing mould remediation services for various clients in London and the surrounding areas, and we can give you the peace of mind that all mould will be safely eradicated from your home or business.
As an IICRC Certified Firm, we are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and follow guidelines and protocol from the IICRC S520 Manual. We also follow the British Standard PAS 64 where applicable in every situation.
Health issues caused by mould:
If mould is not treated, it can cause severe health issues, such as asthma and respiratory infections. This is because it produces irritants, allergens and, sometimes, toxic substances. If an immunocompromised person touches or inhales mould spores they could suffer an asthma attack or they may experience an allergic reaction, such as a skin rash, red eyes and a runny nose. There are certain individuals who are more at risk, including elderly people, babies, children, those with existing skin problems, individuals with a weakened immune system, and those with respiratory problems. This highlights why it is vital to get any mould treated as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Mould remediation requires mould removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as the solution.The IICRC S520 manual stipulate protocol during the effective remediation process. A brief 5 step overview of this process that we adhere to, as an IICRC Certified Firm is as follows.
- Determine the degree of contamination: To do so, a mould remediation specialist may need to bring in an independent Third Party Indoor Air Quality Tester to determine the extent of the mould damage and test for contamination within the property. As mould spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, it may be necessary to analyse samples from affected and unaffected areas of the building. Once the Third Party IAQ test has finished the inspection, we will develop a remediation plan for the mould removal with steps to return the home to its pre-loss condition (Condition 1).
- Set up and verify containment: To make sure mould contamination does not spread to other areas of the property and we as mould remediation specialist will set up containment by creating isolation barriers. Once the barriers are established, we will verify containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones. Exit chambers are used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.
- Remove unsalvageable materials: Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include, but are not limited to, drywall, insulation and other items with visible mould growth. It is important for the specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P3 (organic & fine particle) cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves.
- Clean surfaces with a high-attention to detail: A mould remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high-efficiency filter to catch mould spores. He or she will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mould removal tools such as a HEPA filtered sander, followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution (not bleach).
- Verify remediation: Once cleaning is complete, the IEP will return to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodours. In addition, we may obtain an Independent Air Quality test to perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition1).
If you require mould remediation in, there is no one better for the job than Spectrum Property Care. Give us a call today to discover more about what we can do for you. The number you need is 0203 700 6913. We look forward to hearing from you.