DIY: Mold Removal Tips

Mold is ugly, smelly, bad for your health, and hard to get rid of. So why would you let it live in your house? The horrible house guest that it is, mold affects almost half of America’s households and can be expensive to evict. Although if the affected area is less than 10 square feet, you can effectively eliminate mold all on your own. If you’re up for the challenge, here are some tips on how to tackle mold removal.

Educate Yourself – Before you get down to business, you’ll want to gain some knowledge on the different levels of mold and how to protect yourself. The EPA’s website is the perfect source for learning about all things mold. For instance, mold spreads by sending out millions of airborne spores. During an attempt to remove mold, it’s possible to send the spores flying. So do your homework before you attempt extraction!

DIY: Mold Removal TipsQuarantine – It’s better to be safe than sorry when dealing with mold. Seal off any air vents in the room, place plastic sheeting on doorways, and install a window fan to pull the air to the outside.  Be sure to wear a respirator, gloves, goggles, and a plastic suit for maximum protection.

Do It Right – With your new make-shift hazmat suit on, it’s time to tackle the mold! For optimal results, or if the moisture is from sewage, you should remove the affected surface itself and rebuild. This will give you the best chance of preventing the mold from re-blooming. If you know for sure that the moisture source was clean, you can get rid of the mold without replacing the material. Use a wet vac or steamer to clear away any wet debris from the surface. Proceed with the scrubbing of the affected area with detergent and water. After it dries, vacuum the surface with a HEPA vacuum. 
*Note* Bleach will not kill mold.
Double Up – All materials, debris, and clothing should be double-bagged and thrown away. Dispose of any garbage as your normally would. Remember to also clean any vacuums that are used and replace the filters.

If you follow these tips, you can certainly take care of a small mold removal project by yourself. If the mold does re-bloom or if the affected area is too big, let EnviroGreen Boston handle it. Our experts specialize in water damage remediation and can help your home stay mold free! For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call (844) 775-7700 today!

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