When you discover black mold growing in your home, quick action is required. Mold and mildew will grow almost anywhere there is moisture. Mold in small areas like your shower or under your sink can be quickly cleaned with a bleach, dish detergent and water solution. However, if the area is larger you should take the following precautions and know when to call in a professional mold cleaner.

Clean it up

Protective gear is a must

  • Clothing that fully covers your arms and legs (wear old clothes that can be tossed into the trash afterwards).
  • To protect your lungs you need a N-90 mask, which can be purchased at the hardware store.
  • Gloves that go up to your forearms made of pvc or rubber.
  • Goggles for your eyes.

Ventilate the room you are working in with open windows and doors. If you use a box fan, it likely will need to be thrown away afterwards, but will provide the best airflow. Turn off your HVAC system to avoid spreading the mold spores.

Some areas can be cleaned using a bleach, dish detergent and water mixture, but many areas cannot. Carpets, rugs and padding and will need to removed. Sometimes the damage is inside walls, so opening up the drywall is required. Make sure to properly dispose of moldy items by using construction strength trash bags.

Call in a professional

Mold can be dangerous to people with certain sensitivities, especially people with asthma. Taking the proper precautions above will help, but if you or your family members have health issues that could be worsened by the mold removal process, you may need to call in a professional cleaner (such as one from RTC Restoration) that specializes in water removal, restoration and mold removal.

Mold can also be present in the air ducts. A professional cleaner will be able to insert a camera to check for mold and get it cleaned out. Professional mold remediation specialists will be able to handle the larger jobs such as a large mold infiltration in walls and floors.

Prevention

Mold needs moisture, so controlling moisture is key.

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Take care of plumbing leaks.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms when showering.
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers.
  • Check crawl spaces and basements frequently for moisture.
  • Keep water away from your foundation by grading and use of drainage pipes.

Mold is more than just ugly, given enough time it could cause extensive damage to your home. Consult a water damage expert to find the best solution for your mold problem.

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