How to Safely Remove Mold From Your Home

How to Safely Remove Mold From Your Home

Mold can be a problem for many properties. Inadequate insulation and ventilation, as well as high levels of moisture, can lead to mold, which can cause a range of issues from structural problems to health problems. Mold can be removed from your home, but you should take some precautions to ensure everything is done safely. Removing mold carefully means paying attention to the integrity of the property and also protecting yourself to prevent the mold from affecting your skin or from being inhaled. If you have a mold problem that you need to clean up, a mold removal service can make it a lot easier. Mold experts know how to get the job done safely.

Test Mold Before Cleaning Up

Test Mold Before Cleaning Up

Firstly, it’s a smart idea to test mold in your home before starting to clean it up. Mold testing helps to identify what type of mold you’re dealing with, which makes it easier to determine the best solution to get rid of it. You can also use simple mold tests that tell you if there is mold present, which is useful before or after mold removal. Simple home mold tests can be handy, but they won’t give you a full picture of the situation if you are dealing with a mold problem. In this case, it’s often better to have professional service conduct more extensive testing.

Wear the Right Clothing

Proper Gear and Protection

Wearing the right clothing to remove mold helps to protect your health. It will prevent the mold from getting on your skin, and you can also cover your mouth and nose so that you don’t inhale any particles.

To clean up the mold, you should wear:

  • Long shirt and long pants
  • Protective Gloves
  • Goggles or other eye protection
  • An N-95 respirator mask or one that provides more protection
  • Waterproof shoes/boots

Covering up will help to protect you, but it won’t always do so. If you have asthma or any other respiratory conditions, it’s best not to be in a building with mold damage. It’s also better not to deal with the problem yourself if you have a weakened immune system.

Don’t Mix Cleaning Products

Dont Mix Cleaning Products

Various cleaning products can help you get rid of mild problems with mold. However, if you decide to remove mold from your home by yourself, be careful when you’re choosing which products to use and how you use them. One thing that you should avoid doing is mixing different cleaning products because you don’t know what sort of reaction it might cause or how it might affect surfaces you are trying to protect. It’s especially important not to mix bleach and ammonia, as these products toxic vapors can be extremely dangerous. Use one cleaning product at a time and choose something that can tackle mold adequately.

Ensure Good Ventilation

Ensure Good Ventilation

Making sure that the area you are working in is well-ventilated is crucial while you’re trying to clean up mold. A ventilated room will help to prevent mold from getting into the air too much, and it will also make it easier for you to clean. When you’re using strong cleaning products, you don’t want to breathe in the fumes. Open up windows and doors so that space is appropriately ventilated while you’re working. Try to leave them open when you’re finished too, as much as you can while maintaining safety and security.

Circulate Fresh Air

Circulate Fresh Air

It’s also a good idea to get some air circulating through the room and to try to remove some moisture. If it’s safe to use the electrical outlets, plugging in some fans and dehumidifiers helps to get the air circulating and remove some of the moisture from the air. Mold often comes from damp and built-up moisture, so removing it from your home can help to get rid of the mold problem and prevent it from coming back again.

Keep Children and Pets Away

Keep Children and Pets Away

When you are cleaning up a mold problem, you should make sure to keep children and pets away from the area. Mold exposure can cause health problems, and children can be especially vulnerable to the health effects of mold. Before you do any cleaning or mold removal, make arrangements for children and pets to be elsewhere. They might need to stay somewhere else for a while or sometimes be in another room while you’re cleaning.

Check Your HVAC System

Check Your HVAC System

When you have a mold issue, it can affect your HVAC system. Cleaning out your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning is essential if you want to make sure that you have truly dealt with the issue. A working HVAC system is necessary for proper ventilation, and you certainly don’t want to have mold growing inside your system. If your HVAC system is working as well as it should, your home might not be receiving the ventilation that it needs. As well as keeping your existing system clean and serviced, you might benefit from developing a new plan to give your home better ventilation.

Contain the Problem

Contain Mold

Sometimes, it might be necessary to contain a problem so that it doesn’t spread elsewhere. Mold grows and moves, so it could end up contaminating other areas of your home if you’re not careful. You can contain a mold problem using plastic sheeting, as well as equipment to control airborne particles. This might require hiring the right equipment, but you can also consider using a professional service to take care of the problem for you. Professional mold remediation experts will have everything necessary to contain the issue and stop it from spreading while they clean it up.

Throw Away Items That Can’t Be Cleaned

Mold Affected Item

When you clean up a mold problem, there are plenty of things that can be wiped down. However, some things are not so easy to clean. It might be necessary to throw out some furniture or other items if they have been affected by mold. This might include soft furnishings or textiles that you aren’t able to wash.

If you want to remove mold from your home, you need to take steps to do it safely. However, if you get in touch with GreenWorks, you can arrange for a professional service to do it safely for you.

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Victor Coppola is a Building Biologist with decades of diverse environmental experience spanning natural resource management and contaminated sites to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and building hygiene matters. He focuses on the three most prevalent issues degrading today's built environment: Moisture Odor & Mold (M.O.M.). Mr. Coppola and his Team are sought out by individuals and professionals concerned about IAQ to those actually suffering from Biotoxin Illness. His hybrid blend of environmental interests and services enable him to give a unique perspective into today's changing environment. Think your home is killing you, better call Victor and his Team at GreenWorks.

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