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4 Effective Ways To Prevent Mold Cross Contamination

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Effective Ways To Prevent Mold Cross Contamination Mold spores by window in a Todd Creek,CO building

How To Prevent Infiltration In Other Parts of Your Building

Under the right circumstances, mold can grow rapidly, resulting in potentially significant contamination. If you discover fungi inside your Todd Creek,CO, property, completing a thorough mold cleanup should be a top priority. However, cross contamination is another serious issue that you should not ignore. Fortunately, there are several precautionary measures remediation experts can employ to help prevent infiltration in other parts of your building.

1. Avoid Power Washing

Spraying a moldy surface may be counterproductive because it can scatter spores throughout the air. For this reason, remediation specialists typically avoid using this technique.

2. Restrict Access to Area

Restricting access to the contaminated zone may also defend against cross contamination. Areas with significant growth usually require a barrier, along with the establishment of negative air pressure. This method keeps particles and dust from leaving the affected site. Your technician may also seal air ducts near the infected area to reduce the risk of mold spores spreading through the HVAC system.

3. Use HEPA Filters

Vacuuming during mold cleanup can also cause infestations to grow. To avoid this, vacuum cleaners and air purifiers utilized during the remediation process should be equipped with a true HEPA filter capable of trapping mold particles. Non-HEPA filters are less effective because they are not certified to capture extremely small contaminants.

4. Clean or Replace Equipment

If not properly cleansed, clothing and equipment can also contribute to cross contamination. To minimize this risk, the cleanup team should promptly wash or dispose of any items worn or used inside the infected area. This includes replacing any existing HEPA filters.

Extensive mold contamination can be extremely challenging to manage. In addition to addressing the source, preventing infestations from spreading should also be a priority. A certified remediation specialist can apply defensive tactics to minimize spore dispersal and help you accomplish a thorough mold cleanup job efficiently and effectively.

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