Mold Remediation: How to Avoid Cross Contamination With the Use of Containment

Your dishwasher malfunctions, water leaks and seeps unknowingly beneath your floor for days – maybe even weeks. As you start to notice an odor and some family members start to feel allergy and cold-like symptoms, water stains and very slight dripping appears in your basement. Immediately, you pick up the phone and call in a professional to confirm your worst fear: you have extensive water damage and mold.

Needless to say, colonizing mold and mold remediation inside our homes can be a daunting challenge for any homeowner. So what do you do now?

Take the first step…

A thorough mold inspection, assessing the cause and the extent of water damage, is key to correcting your mold issue. This assessment should not only outline the cause, but also provide a remedy to the problem. But does your inspection report provide you with a detailed, step-by-step plan, a blue print if you will on the proper procedures and protocols outlining your remediation?

Avoid Cross Contamination

Mold spores can travel through your home in a variety of ways; from things like air flow, pets’ fur, or even people transporting them on their clothing as they walk from room to room. The sooner you contain mold spores, the sooner you lessen your chances of cross contamination. This can often be achieved through use of plastic barriers and air filtration devices (AFD).

Cross contamination will occur if remediation is not completed correctly.

Ensure the Safety of Others

The benefits of containment in your home during a remediation project can seem endless…

One of the biggest relates directly to you and your family’s health! During mold projects, there is usually a stage which involves tearing down or ripping out any contaminated building materials. This disturbs the mold spores, making them airborne. Without containment correctly put in place, those spores can make their way through HVAC ducts or other means – introducing your family to something they otherwise would not have been exposed to.

Said plainly, containment prevents cross contamination, and THAT is the key goal to keeping your family healthy!


When you chose to address your home’s mold issue, you’ll want to use a company with the prerequisite skills, knowledge and expertise. This is your home. When you encounter a problem, make sure it is taken care of correctly… the first time!

 Learn more about the mold inspections TermiGuard Services and Fenwick offers here.


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Above, at a recent mold remediation project in the Gibbsboro/Voorhees area, you can see that isolation of treatment areas can span from floor to ceiling. 


Here is another isolated area created using containment; this was at a Cherry Hill property we visited:
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The containment pictured above protects the bedrooms from disturbed mold spores during remediation.


When used in conjunction with AFDs, containment becomes even more effective.
See that partnership in place at this recent Cherry Hill job:
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As always, contact TermiGuard Services & Fenwick with any possible mold questions or concerns you may have for your house!
We are happy to walk you through the process and help get your home healthy again!


About the Author Kelly Haverkamp

Kelly has been with TermiGuard Services since 2012. She shares the company's passion for helping homeowners achieve all of their goals when it comes to pest control, home renovations, and mold/water remediation services. She spends a lot of time contributing to TermiGuard's pest control division; if you call to find out more about one of our programs, you'll most likely speak directly with her!

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