Mold Remediation Checklist

Mold Remediation is the practice of remedying or stopping environmental damage resulting from the growth of black mold spores in homes, buildings & schools. A mold remediator or inspector will evaluate the size of the moldy area, find hidden mold in surrounding areas, determine the cost of cleaning or removing mold, steps & procedures to prevent further mold growth, etc. In this article, we will go over a mold remediation checklist that all mold inspectors should follow in order to do their jobs successfully. You can also read our article on the roles & responsibilities of a qualified mold removal inspector.

  • Examine the size of the moldy area (in square inches or meters)
  • Find nearby hidden mold & possible sources of moisture
  • Fix small mold problems immediately before they grow to become bigger problems
  • Investigate areas that have a musty smell, high humidity, or possible causes of mold poisoning.
  • Identify sources of moisture & water problems.
  • Checklist type of materials damaged from water e.g. carpet, shower curtains, leaks in the attic, basement, wallboard, etc.
  • Check ventilation, air conditioning & HVAC systems of the home & all air ducts.
  • Input all this information in a mold remediation report to be presented to the homeowner.
  • Are there problems with moisture or water leak in the home currently?
  • Have home materials or building been wet for more than 48 hours?
  • Is the humidity level greater than 55%?
  • Are the homeowners reporting musty smell or mold poisoning?
  • Are there black stains or signs of damage to the home & building?
  • Has maintenance on the home been ignored or not done in a long time? E.g.s include cleaning air ducts, gutter cleaners, air conditioning & ventilation systems, etc.
  • What is the source of the moisture or water problem?
  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture, odor & smoke from areas in your home.
  • Clean all air ducts & vents in your home that could have accumulated dirt, debris & fungi.
  • Remove water & dry the mold-infested area immediately. If the underlying area still remains wet, use hot heater fans or dehumidifiers to remove wetness off the floors.
  • Discard moldy porous items that cannot be extinguished. Do so by locking them in plastic sheet bags & ensure they don’t spread to other areas of the home.
  • Know that mold spores can be toxic & allergic even after they die.
  • Carpet cleaning should be done by professionals who exercise hot water extraction methods to dry out carpets within 24 hours.
  • Never mix ammonia detergents with bleach as it can release chlorine gas.
  • Use insulation in your attic & ensure it is in good shape. Go here to learn how to remove mold in the attic.