How to Get Rid of Black Mold

If you are wondering how to get rid of black mold, you’ve come to the right place. The best way to get rid of mold depends on where the mold is growing, so we’ll tell you how to eliminate black mold from a variety of areas. Black mold is known to cause serious health problems if it is not handled safely, so we’ll tell you what precautions you need to take, as well.

How to Eliminate Black Mold Safely

Get Rid of Black Mold

To remove black mold safely, start by collecting the necessary safety gear. You’ll need a face mask (look for an N-95 respirator mask), latex or vinyl gloves and clothing that you can launder in hot water as soon as you’re done with your task. We also recommend a disposable hair cover and disposable shoe covers. You can stock up on safety gear at your local hardware store.

A negative air machine can also be a good safety tool. By creating a negative pressure environment in the room in which you are working to remove mold, mold spores are prevented from drifting into other areas of the home while you work to clean up the hazardous mold.

If you have further questions about how to eliminate black mold, feel free to contact us. You can also contact a mold removal professional, of course.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold on Surfaces

If you’re wondering how to eliminate black mold, it’s probably because you’ve found some growing on your bathroom floor or tiles, or on your basement walls or floor. Cleaning up mold growing on non-porous surfaces like tile or concrete is much easier than cleaning up mold growing in porous materials like carpeting or insulation. However, you want to look carefully for any mold growing in less visible places. If there is mold on your bathroom floor, for instance, there could also be mold growing inside your bathroom walls or in the heating ducts in your bathroom.

To eliminate black mold from non-porous surfaces, you’ll need a product designed for killing black mold. We particularly like Foster 40-80, an EPA registered product.

Follow all safety procedures and scrub the mold firmly to remove it. Keep in mind that people with health problems, especially respiratory problems, should not try to clean up mold themselves. Also note that experts usually recommend calling in a professional if you have mold covering a large surface area.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Carpeting

Black Mold in Carpeting

Getting rid of black mold in carpeting is more complicated. It is not possible to remove black mold from carpet, at least not completely. You will need to remove the carpet itself and dispose of it. To prevent spreading mold spores to other areas, you should seal the affected piece of carpet in a plastic bag before carrying it through the house for disposal. You will most likely need to remove the padding beneath the carpet, as well.

There may also be mold growing in the floor boards beneath the carpet. This is much trickier to deal with and we really recommend calling a professional that knows how to eliminate black mold in porous materials like wood.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Walls

Inside your walls is one of the worst places you can have black mold. First of all, you can’t easily see it so you may not know just how serious your problem is. It’s also hard to get to in order to clean it up, of course. But perhaps the worst part is the fact that most of the surfaces inside your walls are porous, making it very difficult to remove the mold. You will probably have to remove and dispose of affected insulation and drywall. If you don’t have any training in how to do this safely, we really recommend calling in a professional. It’s just too tough for a do-it-yourself project.

When to Call a Professional for Assistance

Under some circumstances, we recommend calling a mold removal professional for assistance, including:

  • When black mold covers a large surface area or is found in multiple rooms in the home.
  • When there is black mold in or under carpet.
  • When there is black mold inside walls.
  • When there is black mold in heating ducts.
  • If you have been experiencing symptoms of exposure to black mold or have a history of any health problems, including respiratory disorders.

If you’re not sure if you need professional assistance, or if you just want some professional advice to help you do the job yourself, you can schedule a free consultation with a mold removal specialist. A specialist will assess your mold problem and let you know what needs to be done and you can decide from there whether or not you can handle the job on your own. Follow this link to find a Mold Removal Professional offering free consultations near you.

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