Once in a while, I stumble across an article about mold and mold remediation that makes a lot of sense. It’s rare, sadly. The vast majority of what can be found in a quick web search is riddled with myths and misconceptions.
It’s hard to know who to trust.
But this piece, authored by environmental specialists Michael Pinto and Jacob Koositra at Wonder Makers Environmental, is written for the trades and speaks to the people doing the work—which is precisely why it’s so informative to anyone facing a mold problem.
The essence here is simple: killing mold is not remediation. Remediation of mold comes down to solving your water problem (if you have mold, you had or have a water problem), removing any damaged materials that can’t be properly cleaned, and then cleaning everything else. That’s it in a nutshell.
Notice I didn’t mention spraying, fogging, painting or essential oils.
So hats off to Pinto and Koositra for helping to remind the industry that there is a consensus-accepted mold remediation standard (IICRC S520), and that it benefits everyone when followed.