What You Need to Know To Complete A DIY Mold Removal – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
If you want to explore all of the possibilities for removing mold in your home you have two options:
- Hire a professional mold removal company
- Use a DIY mold removal method
- The severity of the mold growth. If the mold has not grown beyond five square feet in your home, you have a good chance of being able to take care of it on your own.
- Type of mold and how this could affect you or your family
- The ages and health of the occupants in your home. Anyone who is very young, very old, or suffers from immunity or respiratory issues can be more susceptible to the negative effects of mold growth. If these individuals live in your home, it is recommended that you hire a professional service to ensure the safety of those inhabitants of your home.
If you find that the conditions of your mold issue are conducive to a DIY mold removal, the next step is to take all the necessary precautions.
- Seal off the room with heavy duty plastic wrap, including vents, to prevent cross-contamination.
- Use a fan, dehumidifier or heater to prevent the spread of mold spores by drying it out.
- Put in a window fan so that any contaminated air is pulled outside.
- Limit your physical exposure to the mold. Wear a mask, goggles, gloves, and disposable clothing.
- You will also want to take precautionary measures while disposing of any debris or used equipment. For instance, double bagging the mold remediation debri recommended.
DIY Mold Removal Procedures
The process of removing mold will be different depending on the surface that the mold has grown on. If your mold growth is on a non-porous surface such as tile, or metal pipes for example the following procedures can be used:
- Start with soap and hot water, apply a layer of soap over the mold, and then scrub aggressively (be careful not to damage the surface you are washing)
- Mix 10 cups of water and 1 cup of bleach together, and put in a spray bottle. (Vinegar can be used as a substitute for bleach).
- Spray your solution on the area which you have just cleaned with soap and water.
- Let the solution sit for 15 minutes.
- After the allotted time has passed, dry the area thoroughly to prevent future mold growth. Using a fan to speed the drying may be helpful.
- Check the area frequently to make sure that mold has not regrown.
If the mold is on a porous surface such as fabric, cardboard, leather, bedding, etc, it can be be trickier to get rid of. If the material can be machine washed, wash it in hot water and detergent. If the material cannot be washed you may want to consider discarding it.
If you are still unsure about whether or not you can perform the remediation on your own, contact Advanced Mold Diagnostics for an inspection, testing, advice, or necessary professional services. Call soon for a special offer on mold testing that you will not want to miss!