Mold Removal: Do It Yourself – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
As we have already stated, almost all homes are susceptible to mold if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Mold was put on the planet to decompose dead organic materials. We build our homes out of dead organic materials like wood, plywood and paper faced gypsum so the recipe is missing just one ingredient, moisture. Mold is a biological contaminate in our homes that feeds off of the materials that are used to make all of the things that we use for building. And because of the way that we generally like to keep our homes, it is very easy for mold to grow. Some mold infestations are bigger than others, and some require more work for removal. While there are most certainly scenarios where a professional mold removal or remediation is needed, there are others that can be handled without the help of someone in the industry. If you are dealing with a small amount of mold growth in your home, here are four materials that you can use to take care of the issue on your own.
Soap and Water: Yes, simple soap and water will do the trick. Soap is a very effective biocide. This method is best used for areas of mold growt
h that are affecting the surface of materials in your home, and not coming through it to the surface. Scrubbing using a brush and soap and water can effectively remove the mold and will also keep it from reappearing as long as the area stays dry.
Chlorine Bleach: Although not the best option, chlorine bleach can also help you remove the mold on non-porous surfaces you may have growing in your home. It contains sodium hypochlorite, a strong antibacterial, and has sterilizing and disinfecting properties. This combination makes it an effective way to remove mold growth. In order to use chlorine bleach for mold removal, mix about a cup of it into a gallon of water, making sure that it is all distributed evenly. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the mold. Again, make sure that you are using this only on surfaces that are non-porous, as porous materials will absorb the bleach and often react poorly.
Hydrogen Peroxide: This material is very effective on some porous surfaces. Before you reach into the medicine cabinet and grab the bottle that you may have there, be aware that you need a concentration of at least 15%. There are boosters (chemicals that create a reaction) that can increase the concentrate percentage up to 30%, but that’s best left to the professionals.
Tea Tree Oil: A more expensive, and uncommon way to remove mold, tea tree oil is often a very effective way to take care of the job yourself. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and an antiseptic, which makes it a very strong substance. Using tea tree oil in your home should be done with caution as if it is ingested; it can cause internal damage if it is in its pure form. To use, mix a teaspoon of the tea tree oil into two cups of water. Shake the ingredients together well. Spray the solution directly to the mold and let it dry out. Unlike bleach, tea tree oil is great for all surfaces.
White Distilled Vinegar: Vinegar is a great ingredient to remove the smell of mold and mildew from your home. It can also kill 82% of the mold growing in your home, which makes it an effective mold remedy solution. All you have to do is pour the vinegar directly onto the mold and let it sit and dry. The acidic odor from the vinegar will disappear over time as will the smell of the mold and mildew after a few hours.
These are just some of the ways that you can effectively remove mold from your home yourself. Keep in mind though that you may not be removing all of the mold that you have in your home by treating just the mold that you see. Mold removal can be a time consuming process, and one that is a lot larger than you realize, so if you suspect that your mold problem is larger than you might be able to see, call a mold removal professional.