Containment: Keeping Your Employees Safe During Mold Removal
Mold is dangerous and perhaps no more so than during mold removal when spores get released into the air. Choosing a Cedar Grove,WA, mold cleanup company with a strong containment strategy is the answer to making remediation safe. Learn more about what containment means and how it can keep your employees safe during mold remediation.
Mold grows where there is moisture, which includes:
- Under sinks.
- Behind walls.
- Under carpets.
- In bathrooms.
and anywhere there’s regular moisture, or there’s been a major water event, such as a flood.
Containment refers to efforts a mold remover takes to limit the spread of potentially harmful black mold spores and contaminants that can lead to future mold growth long after mold remediation. Containment is meant to limit the spread of mold throughout the building.
What Is Containment?
The Environmental Protection Agency lays out two specific types of containment. Those are limited and full containment. The former is mostly used for cases of small mold removal, typically involving between 10 and 100 square feet of mold contamination, such as one might find in a single room.
Full containment applies to large areas of mold infestation. These are usually areas larger than 100 square feet.
Limited containment typically involves wrapping the contaminated work area in a single layer of 6-mil fire-retardant polyethylene sheeting that is accessed through a slit entry covered by a flap. Air vents and doors should be securely sealed with sheeting to minimize the spread of spores to other areas of the building.
Full containment during mold removal requires double layers of polyethylene with a similar slit opening. But this time a decontamination chamber between the contaminated area and the clean area is required to limit mold spread.
Your employees are one of your biggest assets. Keep them safe by choosing a mold remediation company with a strong containment strategy and a commitment to your safety.