Tackling DIY Mold Removal

Tackling DIY Mold Removal

property damageIn about 40% of American homes you can find mold problems. Many homeowners try to tackle the problem themselves, and there are some good methods to remediate mold on your own, especially if the problem is in a relatively small area (less than 10 sq. feet). Also, as long as your home doesn’t contain anyone very young, very old, or immune-compromised, you can try to remove the mold by yourself if you are extremely careful.

Find Out About Your Mold

There are different levels of mold infestation and the levels of protection they require also differ, both for you and for the rest of your house. To find out more about whether your mold problem is something you can take care of yourself, you can contact Environmental Consulting Group or the EPA.

Necessary Precautions in Mold Removal

Once you have determined that your mold problem is not too serious and can be remediated on your own, there are a few precautions you’ll need to take before you get started on the clean-up. Because mold spreads by sending millions of airborne spores, you’ll need to seal the area and wear protective clothing, or you will make the problem worse when you disturb the mold infestation. Seal off any heat or air vents to the affected area, and install a window fan to pull air to the outside. Seal off the area with plastic sheeting taped over the doorway. Never touch mold with your bare hands, get it in your eyes, or breathe it. Wear a disposable work suit or clothing you can throw away after the job is done. Wear a respirator, gloves and goggles, and shower well after you’ve finished.

How to Remove Mold

You can easily remove minor mold with household cleaning products. But disturbing a big mold infestation can be bad for your health, especially if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system. Here are some basic guidelines for removing mold in your home:

 

  • Wear old clothes and shoes that you can launder or throw away after the cleanup work.
  • Wear special N-95 or P-100 respirators, in addition to goggles and gloves.
  • Set an old box fan or a cheap new one in a window to ventilate the room while working. Throw it out when you’re done cleaning, because the spores are almost impossible to clean off. Tape plywood or cardboard around the window openings so the spores can’t blow back in.
  • Wrap and tape moldy carpeting in plastic, and double-bag mold-infested debris in garbage bags for disposal.
  • To control airborne spores, moisten moldy areas with a garden sprayer while you work.
  • Turn off your furnace and air conditioner and cover ducts and doors to contain spores.
  • Keep your wet/dry vacuum outside when you vacuum.
  • Clean up all initial debris with your wet/dry vacuum.
  • Scrub moldy areas with a bleach solution or a common household cleaner that contains bleach.
  • Allow cleaned area 3 days to dry. If the mold starts coming back, clean again with the bleach solution.
  • If you still can’t eliminate all of the mold, consider calling in a professional mold remediation company, like Environmental Consulting Group.