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Category: Types of Mold

House Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] May 4, 2010

House Mold Removal

House mold removal may not be an everyday household chore, but it is necessary when you have even a small amount of mold growing in or even around your home. And don’t think that because it isn’t the toxic kind, it won’t harm you.

Most molds, even when they’re not toxic, can still cause allergy problems and even become severe to some people. That’s why it’s very important that mold removal is a top priority on your spring cleaning list this year even if you‘re certain you‘re not dealing with toxic mold.

However, you should also keep in mind that while it is important to keep mold at bay, it’s physically impossible to remove every single spec of fungus that lurks in or around your home. But, you can at least keep them to a bare minimum by first off, keeping your home as clean as possible.

For example, make it would be a great idea (maybe not always practical) to take off your shoes outside the front door, or at the very least, the hallway. Shoes are notorious for tracking in dirt, which can be a perfect breeding source for mold.

And if you have pets that come in and out of the house, you may want to brush or hose them down before they come into your home, since pets can carry just as much dirt and dust as your shoes can.

Inside your home, there are numerous areas where mold can hide. Dark and cool areas are a welcome spot for mold growth, so check under cabinets, bathtubs, behind and in appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers, and in basements for problem areas. Also, don’t forget the laundry room and clothing hamper where moisture can occur.

Depending on the types of mold, you may be able to get away with using just a good mold and mildew cleaner to make your home spic and span again. However, if you’re dealing with a problem like water damage mold, you’ll need a lot more than just a simple cleaner and a little scrubbing power.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to purchase a mold spray that is designed specially for the mold you’re dealing with. Then, you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s directions of the product and be sure to wear some form of eye projection, gloves and a face mask at the very least since you’ll be working around possibly toxic mold.
However, if the damage is far worse than you expected, you should consider calling in some professional help for the job. And depending on the extent of the damages and the area where the moldy growth occurred, the cost of mold remediation could be anywhere from $500 to $5000.

Yet, no matter how big or small your house mold removal job is, cleaning up the mold is an absolute must! Without it, you’re not only making the problem worse, you’re also putting yourself and your family’s health at risk. So why risk it, because when it comes to mold it can be a deadly game you’re playing.

Attic Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] May 4, 2010

Attic Mold Removal

Attic mold removal is one of the most forgotten types of mold cleanup, simply because most homeowners just don’t use their attics. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake since attics are the perfect place for moisture and dust to accumulate. And wherever there is moisture there is bound to be mold.

Mold is one of the main reasons many homeowners and their families tend to experience allergies and severe health issues which are often written off as a simple cold or the flu and even old age. However, most health problems can actually be prevented by taking the proper steps necessary to keep mold growth at bay.

One of the most common sources for mold growth in attics is a leaky roof. Worn shingles can cause water to seep inside and cause mold to grow. Before you tackle mold removal you’ll need to replace those shingles, otherwise your mold problem will just continue to grow.

Another common source for mold growth is the insulation found in attics. Insulation is prone to absorbing moisture, which leads to the perfect breeding ground for mold. Insulation that is infested with mold will need to be discarded since it cannot be cleaned.

Once you’ve removed or repaired the source of the problem, you can begin the mold clean up process.

The first thing you will need to do is remove any items that you’ve stored near the mold growth and discard or set them if they’ve been affected by the fungus. Next, you’ll want to cover any other items that remain in the area with a sheet of plastic to prevent the spores of the fungus from spreading and contaminating those items.

Then, you’ll want to invest in a mold spray that is specifically made to permanently remove mold, clean rags and a scrub brush. In addition, you’ll need to purchase a pair of rubber gloves, a respiratory mask and eye goggles to protect yourself from the mold while you work.

Once you have these items, you can start by scrubbing the affected area with the brush to loosen the mold. Next, apply the spray according to the manufacturer’s directions and let it set for the time indication. Then, rinse the area using clean water and wipe away any mold residue with a clean rag. Repeat if molds are persistent. Then seal and discard any items you used in the cleanup process to prevent further contamination.

You’ll then need to invest in some fans or dehumidifiers to dry out the affected area before you put back any of the items you had stored in the area. Also, if you don’t already have one, now is a good time to invest in an exhaust fan to help circulate air flow and reduce  moisture and dust buildup.

Finally, if you suspect that you’re in need of attic mold removal, but you find the task is too difficult on your own, you should seek professional help from a company who specializes in removing mold who can get the job done for you!

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