It is important, depending on the severity of the mold, to consider relocating from your home, school, or workplace. When remediation begins, the removal of drywall, carpet and/or wallpaper can release a massive amount of mold spores. This is especially dangerous when handling Stachybotry or Chaetomium.
Frequently, visible mold only represents a fraction of an actual mold infestation. Many species of mold can penetrate beneath the surface, therefore making it nearly impossible to remediate full removal and replacement.
Containment is important, for spore release can be highest during remediation. As well as containing mold, keeping the moisture level of the air at a minimum must also be achieved. A dehumidifier can accomplish this goal.
During the process, all plumbing and HVAC systems should be checked to identify any source of water intrusion that may result in mold returning.
Finally, all removed materials must be thoroughly sealed and discarded. Infected drywall, carpeting, wood and/or wallpaper should not be left in the subject property, for the chances of a second infestation will increase dramatically. Further, occupants are still at risk of health problems.
Remediation should only be undertaken by experienced, licensed vendors. Occupants should not attempt to clean mold infested areas by scrubbing, for massive amounts of mold spores will be released and only grow back. If you believe that spores have been released (due to a strong musty odor), wear a respirator or mask until the situation is controlled.