A mould remediation specialist is a trained, certified professional who is experienced in finding, removing and treating fungus growth. They can also identify the cause of the problem and advise on preventative measures. They will take moisture meter readings in all areas of the affected property, including behind or underneath surfaces. They will then use equipment such as infrared cameras to find and trace the source of the moisture. If necessary, they will recommend removing and replacing drywall and carpeting to help prevent mould from returning.
The first step of a mould remediation is to clean the area thoroughly, with a disinfectant or antifungal cleaner, followed by vacuuming and wiping down all surfaces. Porous items such as rugs or furniture are often sent away for special cleaning, but in some cases may need to be removed and thrown away, depending on the severity of the infestation. Moisture control is a critical part of the process, and fans or dehumidifiers will be used to speed up the drying process.
Mold spores can be difficult to fully eradicate, and it is important to hire a qualified professional to deal with the problem. They will be able to track down hidden spores and provide a full service that includes air quality analysis, structure drying and contents restoration.
In order to become a certified mould remediation specialist, a person should have at least an associate’s degree in a subject related to public health, occupational safety and environment or in a field of science such as biology or botany (to understand the causes and effects of the various types of mould). The IICRC also offers the Mold Remediation Specialist examination based on experience, which is only available online. mould remediation specialist