Having mold in your house is that last thing any house owner would want. However, the good news is you don’t have to suffer from allergies and other health complications caused by mold since it is possible to eliminate this menace from your home. However, removing mold isn’t a walk in the park, you need to find the best strategy to deal with the problem. In cases where you have mold that covers a greater area or there is mold in your HVAC system, its recommended to seek the assistance of a mold removal professional. It is especially important to use a professional if you have health issues and cleaning yourself as it could expose you to greater risks.
Mold grows in different sections of the home and finding mold can be a tricky affair. It is important to ensure that mold is located because if you leave some behind, it quickly grows again and becomes a nuisance. A trained professional can carry out comprehensive home tests for your home and advise on how to best take care of the situation. Alternatively, there are tests you can buy and do them yourself. Bear in mind that professional tests are more accurate. It is always good to check for every area of your home especially areas with dampness and those with a musty odor. Mold also grows beneath the carpet or other floor coverings, inside heating, air conditioning ducts and walls. Making sure you have spotted all areas with mold growth is the first key step of successful mold removal.
Get Your Supplies
For any mold remediation exercise to succeed, it is wise to ensure you have the appropriate materials for the job. Bleach is commonly used for mold cleaning but a fungicide gives better results. To secure your work area, you need to acquire heavy plastic sheets as well as plastic bags for removing moldy materials. It’s essential to have protective clothing i.e. gloves and N-95 face mask. Other must-haves are a brush for scrubbing, spray bottle of water and a rag for cleaning surfaces with mold. Foster 40-50 is a powerful encapsulating mold product you should have alongside a number of disposable paint brushes. For large mold remediation exercises, use a HEPA filter vacuum for the best results. In cases where surfaces with moldy materials can’t be cleaned, a new carpet may be required.
Set the Work Area
Before begging mold remediation, you need to ensure that areas or surfaces you intend to work on are cleared. Small or portable items can be moved while large items can be covered with heavy plastic sheets to protect them from mold contamination. If you don’t want mold spores to spread from your work area to other unaffected areas of the house, ensure your work area is sealed off using heavy plastic and duct tape.
Ensure the Work Area has Negative Pressure
The essence of setting up negative air pressure in the work area is to make air flow into the area but restrict it from going out. Doing this helps the limit the movement of mold spores to the work area. This is critical especially if you’re doing mold remediation in areas with a lot of mold. Negative pressure can be achieved using a top performing shop vac. Once you have secured your work area with heavy sheets of plastic, place the shop vac in place with both intake and exhaust hoses connecting to your work area. In the plastic sheet barrier, make a hole and attach it to the exhaust hose which should go out through the nearest window. With a duct tape, cover the opening around the hole in the plastic barrier and around the outlet window to ensure no air flows back into the work area.
Put on Protective Gear
Before beginning any mold remediation task, you need to cover yourself with protective clothing such as a face N-95 face mask, hair and shoe covers, full protective overall as well as gloves. When you’re done with the exercise, you should dispose of all your clothing.
Get Rid of Moldy Materials you’re Unable to Clean
To reduce the risk of moldy materials spreading to other uncontaminated areas, use a spray bottle of water on carpets and drywalls to avoid mold spores being dispersed into the air. In addition, a HEPA filter vacuum used for cutting mold remediation will help to prevent mold spores from being dispersed during the procedure. Make sure to seal removed mold in trash bags and gently carry them out for disposal.
Use Fungicide on Non-Porous Materials
Non-porous materials include tiles, metal, bathtubs, countertops and sinks. The best way to handle these types of material is to apply a fungicide. You can either use a rag or spray bottle. Using a rag or scrub brush, you can remove mold. In the case of porous materials such as wood where it’s impossible to completely eliminate mold, try to remove as much mold as you possibly can. You might be forced to use sandpaper to clean mold but it is recommended to let a professional do this because mold spores can easily disperse into the air.
Encapsulate Mold Areas You Can’t Completely Clean
It is challenging to get rid of mold existing on porous materials and therefore, another approach might be needed. In case it’s not possible to completely remove mold, try to remove as much of it as possible and clean the surface with a fungicide. Next, apply an encapsulating product using a disposable paint brush to prevent the remaining traces of mold from growing and spreading. It works similar to applying paint. However, encapsulating products have antimicrobial ingredients whose role is to destroy and repel mold.
Finish Any Pending Repairs
After completing mold remediation, you might be forced to replace drywalls or carpets that were previously removed to pave way for the mold removal process.
The above detailed steps will see to it that you achieve your desired goals and have an effective and enjoyable mold remediation process.