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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!

How to Remove Mold From Drywall

[ 0 ] April 20, 2010

How to Remove Mold From Drywall

 

If you’re wondering how to remove mold from drywall, the bad news is you can’t. Even with all of the mold cleaners and scrubbing power in the world, molds that have grown on this particular type of material can never be permanently removed.

Not to mention that after so long of being exposed to moisture, the material tends to crumble. So what can you do instead?

First off, you need to assess the situation. Not all drywall mold will be visible and when they are hidden it’s a whole other ballgame. However, there are some common signs that you may have a mold problem.

If the paint on the walls are cracked or peeling, if there is a bulge behind the paint or if there is discoloration on the wall, chances are you have mold hidden somewhere in or even behind the wall.

You can also tell that you have a mold infestation from the musty aroma that lingers near the affected area. Or you can look for water damage mold by looking for leaks which are most often found under kitchen and bathroom cabinets, in basements, attics and anywhere there is a need for water such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, deep freezer or washer.

Or you can also place your hand on the suspected surface area to check for moisture. And depending on how extensive the damage is, you’ll either need to remove the affected area or you may need to remove the entire wall.

If the mold is a minor problem, you can try removing only the affected area using either an exacto knife or a putty knife. Next, you’ll need to sand the joint areas behind the wall to remove fungal spores and prevent recontamination.

Once you’ve sanded down the affected area, you’ll need to clean the surrounding areas including in joints behind the wall with a product designed for mold removal. Then you’ll need to allow the area to dry before you can install the new wall.

If you find that the mold growth is severe (usually more than 10 sq. feet), more than likely you’ll need to remove the entire wall and repair any damage caused by the mold.

Generally a job like this should be left to a professional who is licensed and certified for this type of work. A professional is not only trained to know how to remove the mold, they also have special equipment to help get the job done right.

Of course the biggest fear many homeowners have when a professional is needed, is the cost of mold remediation. And while you may not be able to get away with getting the job done for free,

if you do your research and shop around, you can at least minimize some of the costs and not get taken to the cleaners in the process.

Even if you can hire a professional for at least part of the work, you could replace the walls yourself and save quite a bit in the remodeling costs.

But just remember, no matter what the cost, a professional knows how to remove mold from drywall safely and quickly, and when it comes to your health, it’s an absolute must.

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