Household mold remediation needs to be done promptly in a home whenever mold growth is discovered. Failure to remove the mold immediately results in a more costly procedure later and contributes to illness and allergies.
Mold remediation in the home can be done by the homeowner in cases where there is no more than 10 square feet of mold damage.
Areas of larger mold damage need the services of a professional mold remediator.
Tips for DYI Household Mold Remediation
According to the EPA, many homeowners attempt to remove mold with the use of bleach. Bleach is not effective for mold removal, unless the mold is growing on a hard, non-porous surface, such as a bathtub or on ceramic tiles.
Attempting to clean mold off a surface which is porous such as walls, does not remove the mold. Using bleach to remove mold from walls, windowsills, or baseboards only feeds the mold more moisture and encourages the mold to multiply.
If the area is not 10 square feet and the homeowner wishes to remove the mold on his own, there is no need for containment according to the EPA and CDC.
However, the person doing the removal should invest in protective equipment that includes gloves, eye protection in the form of goggles, and an N-95 respirator.
Minor household mold removal can be accomplished by:
- Steam cleaning
- Wiping area with a solution of water and detergent
- Vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum
- Sealing cleaned and dry area with a sealant like AFM Safecoat Safe Seal
Steam cleaning removes mold from non-porous surfaces and from furniture and carpeting.
Steam cleaning only works if the area is thoroughly dried after the cleaning process. Vinyl, wood, and plastic can be wiped with a solution of plain water and detergent.
The area must be dried well after the application of the cleaning solution. Removal of mold from wallboard requires a thorough steam cleaning.
After the area is completely dried, it must be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum.
The HEPA bags must then be sealed prior to disposal.
Finally, you can seal the compromised area only after taking the above measures Safecoat Safe Seal. This product safely seals in any toxic fumes and covers a surface invisibly.
When to Consult a Professional to Remediate Household Mold
If the area of mold damage exceeds 10 square feet, then a professional must be consulted. Homes that have been flooded, have had a sewage contamination, or have mold located within the heating and air ducts should also be cleaned by a professional remediation company.
And to be honest, many severely compromised buildings cannot be adequately remediated for the health of the occupants. For those who are mold sensitive, moving is usually the only real option.
When hiring a professional mold remediator or contractor, carefully check their references. It is best to hire a professional who has had experience in mold removal and follows the guidelines and recommendations of the EPA and the CDC for safety and testing.