Discover the possibility of DIY mold remediation, but recognize the signs that you might need a professional.
With all the buzz about dangerous mold in the news, many people think that mold is poisonous and can poison you if it’s in your building, making mold out to be a frightening scenario. While it is true that some mold produces toxic spores, truly dangerous mold infestations are less common than the media would have you think.
If you have a mold problem in your building, such as under the bathroom sink, on the wall of the bathroom, or on the ceiling near a leak in the roof, you can usually take care of it yourself. With these tips from Advanced Mold Diagnostics, you can safely take care of small mold problems in your building and start to become an expert at DIY mold remediation!
AMD’s Best DIY Mold Remediation Tips
In its annual report on mold safety, the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that most mold problems contained to a 10 square foot space (a little bigger than 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated without professional help. However, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. If your mold problem…
- Involves severe water damage to your building
- Is in or near a heating or cooling system
- Was caused by sewage water and not clean water
- Is greater than 10 square feet
…then you should call a professional for your mold remediation. Otherwise, read on!
- Wear protective gear. Not all mold is dangerous, and in such small quantities, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But mold can still stain clothes and rags, and the spores it releases can make you cough or give you a runny nose. Wearing rubber gloves and a respirator will prevent mold from affecting you while you are in the removal process.
- Dry everything immediately. Mold grows in moist and damp areas, and it will continue to grow if it isn’t dried. Before you even remove the mold, fix all leaks and tighten all pipes and valves so that more water doesn’t spread. Dry the surrounding area completely before you tackle the mold.
- Scrub with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Simple household cleaner is usually enough to do the trick with small patches of mold. You can try bleach if it’s a non-porous surface. Really scrub to get all that mold off!
- Throw away absorbent materials. Mold spores can become lodged deep inside materials like carpets, pillows, and porous ceiling tiles. Make sure you throw away anything you can’t be sure you scrubbed all the mold off of.
- Dry everything again! Now that you’re done, it is crucial to dry everything again. Mold thrives on moisture. It will regrow if it can. If there is no moisture to cultivate the mold, then it won’t come back! Some people find hair dryers helpful for this because they blow hot air and don’t take as long as drying by hand with a cloth.
That’s it! If you know what you’re doing, DIY mold remediation can be simple and easy.
Remember that doing DIY mold remediation is very different from what a mold removal contractor like Advanced Mold Diagnostics does. A professional like AMD can tackle huge mold infestations, use thermal imaging to find mold where you didn’t even know you had it, and repair water damage afterward. If you think your mold problem is too severe to tackle on your own, give us a call and find out what professional mold remediation can do for you.
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