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Mold Encapsulation: Explained

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Many people wonder how mold is remediated. There are many ways to mitigate mold and encapsulation is one method that is used when mold is located in spaces that cannot be fully removed (structural beams for example). Encapsulation of mold works the same way as encapsulation adhesive would in an electrical circuit board. A thin coating of encapsulate is applied to a surface (usually porous) in which the mold has grown. The encapsulant is a coating that subjects the microbial matter to an environment in which it cannot survive; nearly a vacuum that eliminates oxygen and additional moisture from accumulating in any given area. The sealant can generally be applied in addition to other remediation efforts in order fully account for all surfaces that are affected by mold. Sealants used for encapsulation have antimicrobial properties as well, which further advance abatement endeavors.

It is important to remember that only a specialist versed in mold remediation should perform a task such as encapsulation or mold remediation & abatement. Generally speaking, the surface preparation (cleaning, sanding, ect.) can be a hazardous maneuver for the novice. Severe respiratory problems have been well documented in those exposed to mold spores. If you are interested in having a specialist talk with you more about preventive measures that can be taken to mitigate mold or if you work in a setting in which emergency management of a crisis is in place, we would be happy to schedule a formal educational program (without charge) anytime. Please call 1-877-MACFAWN to speak with our training team.