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Mold Clean Up: Should You Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?

[ 0 ] April 11, 2010 |

Mold Clean Up

 

Mold clean up doesn’t necessarily have to be a difficult task if you know the proper steps to take to get the job done right the very first time. And while you may be wondering if you can just skip cleaning up the mold problem all together, it’s not a good idea since mold can wreak havoc on your immune system.

You also should keep in mind that if your mold problem is more than 10 square feet, you need to call a professional to get the job done safely, especially when you‘re dealing with toxic mold.

If however, the mold is covering less than a 10 square feet area, you should be able to do the work yourself.

But, before you begin the mold removal process, you’ll need to identify what types of mold you’re dealing with. If you’re dealing with a fungus whose color is grayish to black, you should leave the job up to a professional unless you’re absolutely certain you can handle the situation yourself.

Black mold is very toxic and can cause severe health problems if it’s not removed completely.

Once you’ve identified what the fungus is, you’ll want to assess any damages like rotten wood caused by water damage mold and repair it.

Then, remove any materials that were near or around the moldy growth and cover the rest of the room with sheets of plastic to prevent fungus spores from spreading to other areas.

Next, seal any materials that were contaminated by the mold in a plastic bag and discard it properly from the area. Then, set any items aside that were near the mold growth and keep a close eye on them for the next several weeks for a contamination problem.

Using a stiff bristle brush, lightly scrub against the affected surface area to loosen and remove as much of the fungus growth as possible.

You’ll then want to spray the affected surface area with a mold removal spray that will not only remove the mold, but kill the mold permanently.

Mold cleaners come in various types for every part of the house and then some to suit almost every fungal problem there is.

Once you’ve cleaned the affected area, you may need to dry it out using several fans or a dehumidifier. Or if possible, you may want to open some windows to air out the area. 

Then, you’ll want to seal and properly discard of any items used in the cleaning process in a plastic garbage bag to prevent further contamination from any mold that may become airborne.

If you do find that you need to hire a mold removal professional to get the job done, before you do be sure to talk to your insurance agency to find out whether or not you can file a claim for the damages the molds have caused.

And depending on your agency and the type of coverage you have, you may even be able to use some insurance money to hire a professional for mold clean up.

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About Editor: The Mold Removal Review is a division of a U.S. Gulf Coast based consumer advocate information provider whose goal is to provide consumers with up to date information on high-demand goods and services related to mold removal. View author profile.

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