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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!

Mold Removers Are Not All the Same

[ 0 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Removers

Mold removers are vital when it comes to removing mold from your home and even outside of it. But, one of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make is to just grab any product to clean up the mold and then complain when it doesn’t do the job.

Most mold cleaners are not created equally. So while a bathroom cleaner may work on cleaning those moldy tiles, it probably won’t work on getting the mold out of your living room carpet.

In addition, not every product will be environmental friendly either. Some will be full of harsh chemicals while others will be made with all-natural ingredients that are safe for the environment.

And of course some mold removal products will be far more expensive than others, which of course is usually the very reason many homeowners just pick a product and go!

And yes, you may have to spend just a few extra dollars on an environmentally safe product, but in the end it will be worth it.

One of the biggest reasons you should choose a green product verses one that is made strictly from toxic chemicals is the very same reason you’re cleaning up the mold from your home in the first place, because they’re dangerous to your health and the environment you live in.

In fact, most chemicals can be far more dangerous than some molds and can cause your health issues themselves. Of course some types of mold can be extremely toxic and just as dangerous since they can cause respiratory failure, memory loss and in rare cases, death.

So why would you want to combine two very dangerous substances that could cause serious damage to your health?

So what it all comes down to is this. Maybe it’s time to use a mold removal product that not only is designed specifically for the job at hand, but also one that is all-natural and safe for the environment as well as your health.

And just because a product states that they‘re a safer alternative, don’t be fooled! Many manufacturers want you to believe that their products are up to standards with our greener world, when really they can get away with disguising their ingredients to make it seem like a safer alternative and still contain dangerous chemicals.

Always read the ingredient label. If you find that there are words in the list that you can’t pronounce, then chances are it’s not natural. If you can’t find an ingredient label for the product, check online for the product’s information. And if you’re just unsure of what mold clean up product is best for your situation, do a little online research.

There’s really nothing you can’t find online about mold and mold removal products (even some natural ones) that others haven’t already tried in situations that are probably similar to your own.

Once you have the right mold removers for the job, you can be sure it one take long to rid those molds out of your home once and for all.

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