It is highly recommended for your health and safety that you leave your home during the mold removal process. In some cases, only a part of the house may be closed off for repair, so you may be able to stay in the other areas. Generally, it is safe to return home once the mold remediation is complete. It is best to follow the instructions of the mold removal technician, but most professionals suggest waiting one day after the process is finished before returning.
The safest option is for homeowners to move out of their home for the duration of any mold removal or remediation project. At Rainbow Restoration, our priority is to ensure that mold is removed safely. If the damage is found in the main living areas or hallways, it is best to look for alternative accommodation. Additionally, if your family members are very young, elderly, or have a weakened immune system, it is best that they move out temporarily for the duration of the remediation. Before beginning any mold removal project, it is important to understand the entire process and what it may involve.
It is obvious when mold remediation is in progress; the level of mold concentration will be at its highest and then gradually decrease. It is impossible to remove all mold spores from these areas and it would be dangerous to continue using them. Here are some factors to consider if you are thinking about staying home during mold removal or going away. Mold releases toxins that create free radicals (unstable atoms that damage cells) when humans ingest them, which can lead to many different health problems. A little disruption (noise) for a few days is much better than a lot of disruption (such as a reappearance of mold sensitivity) because the machinery shuts down after the contractor leaves for the day.
By ensuring that the indoor humidity level is within a safe range, drying damp areas immediately and improving ventilation and airflow in your home, you can help greatly reduce the likelihood of encountering a mold problem in the future. For best results and peace of mind, it's best to hire a nearby professional cleaning company that has experience cleaning homes that have been exposed to mold. If the exposure to mold is at a surface level, you can try cleaning dishes by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide to clean off any mold. If you try to clean furniture that has been affected by mold and it doesn't move, you'll need to dispose of it. It's always best to hire a certified mold remediation specialist who understands the risks, can search for hidden mold, knows how to limit the risks of cross-contamination, and knows how to solve the problem safely, taking into account not only your well-being but also that of your technicians.
After returning home, be sure to carefully inspect exposed areas for any remaining signs of mold spores. If the “white noise” from machinery becomes too much for you to handle, you can consider moving out for 3 or 4 days or more while the mold removal takes place.