No one wants to deal with mold in their home or business. However, if you do have mold, then it is of the utmost importance that you handle it as soon as possible. To help get you started, here are some tips on how to go about mold remediation:
Eliminate the Source
Before directly attacking the mold, you want to deal with whatever is causing it. Mold generally thrives in moist environments, so you should take a look at your plumbing. If you live in a particularly humid environment, then you might also want to look for places where moisture can enter your home from outside.
If it is a plumbing problem, then you might need to hire a plumbing to fix the pipes in question. In some cases, this can kill two birds with one stone, since many plumbers are equipped to handle mold remediation.
If you do elect to repair the leak on your own, be sure to take the proper safety precautions. You'll want to wear a protective mask to prevent hazardous spores from entering your respiratory system. Safety goggles or similar protection that fully covers the eye is absolutely necessary. You'll also want to cover as much skin as possible and wear gloves. The last thing you want is to touch the mold with bare skin.
Methods of Remediation
Once you have removed the source, you will need to get down and dirty with the mold, but first, you need to isolate it. Close windows and doors near the site so that it can't spread in the air. You might want to use a spray bottle to mist the air, which will reduce airborne dust and the likelihood of spreading.
There are specialized vacuums that exist for such situations, but you are unlikely to own one. The average household vacuum is NOT sufficient for dealing with mold. In fact, you might contaminate your vacuum if you attempt to use it on moldy surfaces. If you hire a professional to do the remediation, then they might bring a HEPA or wet vacuum, but you don't need to worry about how those work.
The simplest way to deal with mold is good old-fashioned scrubbing. With water and detergent, you can handle most mold problems. It is crucial that you limit the spread of the mold once you have scrubbed it, so you'll want to place all moldy materials in secure containers.
Depending on the extent of the problem, you might need to take additional measures or hire a professional like one from RTC Restoration.Share