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Mould Industry Definitions

What is Mould Remediation?

Mould remediation is the process in which mould is removed from a contaminated area. This is usually done using the appropriate safety equipment. The contaminated area is isolated from the rest of the building using containment barriers and the contaminated sections of drywall, flooring or furniture are removed and disposed of. The items and building materials that are left behind are washed, wiped vacuumed or sterilized. The area is left spotlessly clean and dry.

It is sometimes referred to as Mould Abatement ( taken from the Asbestos Industry). Mould Removal, Mould Cleaning.

What is Cross-contamination?

  • When a surface with mould is disturbed, it can release thousands, if not, tens of thousands of spores into the air. These spores can decrease the air quality and potentially make the air toxic to breathe.
  • When the spores settle out of the air, it mixes in with the surrounding dust, contaminating personal items and the rest of the room.
  • During a remediation, containment, dust suppression and negative air should be used to limit and control the movement of these spores.

What is a Scope of Work?

The scope of work is a document produced by the mould inspection company that gives the remediation company a full and complete set of instructions for the work that is required to clean the mould.

The scope of work explains in detail, the procedures, processes and safety protocols that should be used for your individual mould problem. It should also address water intrusion issues that may be present in the home.

These protocols ensure that the remediation companies have all the information they need to give you a fair and accurate quotation on the work that has to be preformed. With a work standard set, all companies can quote on the same procedures, protocols and safety requirements, with no short cuts.