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Mold remediation cleanup final steps: here we explain other important steps to take after a mold cleanup project has been completed.

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AFTER THE MOLD CLEANUP: Addressing Other Leaky or Moldy Building Areas Can Prevent a New Mold Problem

Wet basement signs (C) DanieL FriedmanThis article is part ACTION GUIDE which provides an easy to understand step-by-step guide for dealing with toxic or allergenic indoor mold and other indoor contaminants: what to do about mold "mildew," moisture, in your house or office, building-related illness, involving your physician, treatment, sick building investigators, reduction of irritants, and special products to help clean buildings and air.

Some building owners make the mistake of insisting that only limited areas of a moldy building be addressed, or they do not repair other building leaks. This can be a serious and expensive mistake.

Our photo (left) show roof spillage leaking through a basement foundation wall. Unless this leak condition is corrected, the cost of a building mold cleanup project could be quickly wasted, or have to be repeated.

Inspect the building after the mold cleanup has been completed, and before the area is reoccupied (if it has been empty) to be sure that you do not see any evidence of leaks, water entry, or new mold growth.

When leak-damage, mold, or suspect areas remain in a building following a mold related remediation, the insurance company, contractors, and inspector could express confidence only in the specific areas treated and only at the single point in time of the final successful clearance inspection.

The building remains at risk of future discovery of a separate pre-existing or new mold or water damage problem caused by new moisture or leak problems and potentially exacerbated by mold inoculation from pre-existing un-remediated areas.

Continue reading: To avoid a future mold contamination problem in a building after toxic or allergenic moldy materials have been removed, after the building has been successfully cleaned, and after a competent mold inspector has verified that the cleanup was successful, review the steps we discuss at HOW TO PREVENT MOLD and also at MOLD RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION.

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