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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 Remediation Products and How to Pick the Right One

[ 0 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Remediation Products

Mold remediation products are everywhere. And with so many available, it’s often hard to know what type of product you need to be using for your mold problem. And of course not every product will work with every situation.

So while a shower cleaner might work on that simple mildew on your shower tiles and bathtub, it won’t work on that toxic black mold that’s growing on your kitchen ceiling. In addition, bathroom mildew is not as dangerous as black mold, which require more than just a little scrubbing to keep the fungus from coming back.

And when you’re dealing with anything more serious, you’ll want to hire a mold removal professional who has the equipment and cleaners needed to get the job done right the very first time.
But most homeowners also know that when you’re dealing with mold and a professional, chances are harsh chemicals will be used in the mold cleanup process. And of course as okay as that is with some homeowners, it’s not with those of us who are concerned about our future and the environment.

If you’re concerned about harsh chemicals, you should ask the professional what type of cleaners they use before you hire them. Some companies may have a safer alternative to the standard harsh chemicals that are used in cleaning up mold although chances are they won’t be 100% chemical-free. That’s because many green mold cleaners won’t permanently kill dangerous toxic mold.

And while there may be some mold cleaners that will cleanup the mold, most companies are looking to make a profit even if it means ignoring your health concerns and the environment, which are the ones you should be avoiding if you are trying to go green.

But for the companies that do offer a greener solution, find out if they guarantee their products will kill the mold permanently before you agree to let them do the work. Then, you can decide whether or not a green company is truly worth paying a little extra for.

If you don’t need to hire a professional, but you’re still concerned about the danger of chemicals, most of the time you can get away with using a product that is all natural and safe just as long as you’re not dealing with a toxic fungus since they require a more serious cleaning solution to be permanently removed from your home.

However, if the mold is not toxic, you may be able to get away with using a home remedy solution to get the job done. And if you’re not sure where to find them, many home remedies can be found online from other homeowners who have tried the solution and achieved positive results.

But the best thing a homeowner can do when it comes to deciding on the right mold remediation products, is to do your homework. Talk to your friends, your family and even local businesses to find out what has worked for them and what has. Otherwise, you may find yourself paying more for a product than it’s really worth.

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