Mold is Out of Control!

If left unchecked, mold contamination can certainly get out of hand. Hopefully, you can find the source of this contamination before it becomes a problem, because it will only get worse. The thick, moist smell will become more and more unbearable, and your home will seem less welcoming and more foreboding. What do you do once it seems that mold has gotten out of hand, when the problem has grown beyond the need to spot the source of a moisture leak and the obvious signs of mold area clear causes of health problems for occupants in the home?

Of course, the first step in any remediation plan is to fix the underlying problem. Do you have a leaky pipe? Address it. Is water coming in from the outside during rainstorms? Fix that problem. Even if you are determined to clean to the actual mold spots that are now visible, it’s vitally important that the cause of the problem be addressed first, otherwise all your efforts in remediation will go waste (not to mention money). The reason is obvious: the mold will return, and it may get out of hand again before you realize it.

If there is visible mold in areas that a larger than thirty feet in radius, you might want to consider calling for professional help, but you may be able to tackled smaller jobs on your own.

Don’t forget to always keep safety in mind before you begin. Provide plenty of ventilation in the area that you are working, and wear protective respirator masks and rubber gloves all the time while working

Dry-walls and carpet damaged by mold and moisture should be thrown out altogether. These materials, when damaged by mold, are not worth saving as their porous structure makes it impossible to thoroughly dry them. Be careful when removing this bits of drywall; spraying them with a mist of water to minimize the spread of dust, and double-bag the debris before discarding it. Soap and detergent can be used to clean other surfaces that are non-porous in nature such as counter-tops. Use a bleach-based disinfectant solution only after a thorough cleaning with soap and detergent to remove all signs of visible mold growth.

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