Mold removal is one part of the mold remediation process. While it may be the most important, you can't just remove moldy walls and floors like a wild animal. Certain protocols will need to be put in place to prevent contaminating the entire home.
Containment is an overlooked part of the mold removal process by a normal everyday homeowner.
It is not overlooked by a mold remediation company. Pre-cleaning a water damaged area and setting up a mold containment barrier may be necessary. Negative air may also be necessary within the containment area. You must also use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If none of this is making any sense to you, don't worry.
I wrote a full guide on everything you need to know about the mold remediation process as well as a DIY guide.
Caution: You should consult with a mold remediation professional, but I know some of you DIY people will not do that!
Before any kind of mold removal is completed, there is one extremely important task you must figure out first...
The mold will originate undoubtably from a water damaged area. This can be caused by:
Without determining how the mold got there in the first place, it makes no sense to do any removal. That is like filling up an oil filter in your car that has a hole in it.
An assessment may need to be completed by a licensed mold inspection specialist if you are unsure how the mold got there in the first place.
Once the source has been resolved, mold removal can proceed.
After mold removal is completed, if done correctly, your home should go back a normal building environment. It is strongly recommended however, that you have a licensed mold assessor check the work.
Just like anything else in this world, checks and balances are needed.
Once given clearance by a third party professional, any walls, ceilings, or floors can be closed.