How To Get Rid Of Mold

Toxic mold in crawlspace

There are many reasons to get rid of mold if you have a mold issue in your home. People want to remove mold because it’s unsightly and causes an unpleasant musty odor, but those are really the least of the problems caused by the growth of mold in a home. It’s important to remove mold, and remove it as soon as possible, because the inhalation of mold spores can cause numerous health problems including asthma attacks, the development of asthma (or asthma-like symptoms) in people not previously troubled by the condition, respiratory infections, eye irritation, sore throats, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headaches, depression and fatigue. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems are particularly vulnerable.

The Best Way to Remove Mold

The best way to remove mold really depends on the amount of mold and the location of the mold. Some people want to clean up the mold themselves instead of calling in a professional, and if you have only a small amount of mold and it’s on a solid surface like a concrete wall or tile floor, that may be fine. Use a cleanser designed for that purpose, which you can purchase at most hardware stores. Make sure you take adequate safety precautions, like wearing rubber gloves, a face mask and clothing you will launder as soon as you’re done with the cleanup. It’s also suggested that you cover the doorway to the room with the mold with large sheets of plastic while you’re cleaning so mold spores don’t go airborne and contaminate the rest of the house.

If that all sounds like a lot a work to you, an easier way to get rid of mold is to call in a professional. You can follow this link to find a list of licensed Mold Removal Specialists that have all the necessary equipment for the job and know how to do it safely. They will come out to your house and give you a free estimate of the cost as well as some free advice.

If you have mold that covers large areas, has invaded the air ducts in your home or has contaminated things like insulation in the walls, you’re going to need a professional to handle the job for you.

How Professionals Get Rid of Mold

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Professionals can get rid of mold more efficiently than you can because they have special training in how to do so. They have powerful cleansers and disinfectants to kill mold and bacteria, and all the necessary safety equipment like N-95 facial respiratory masks, hazmat suits, negative air machines and air scrubbers.

They know what items can be cleaned, like concrete walls and floors, bathroom tiles and bathroom fixtures, and what items probably cannot be cleaned but must be removed and replaced. That includes items like carpet, insulation, drywall or sheetrock and ceiling tiles.

Professionals also know how to find all the mold in the home, even mold that is hidden out of sight, which is important because when you remove mold, you need to remove every single bit of it or it will just grow back and soon the problem will be as bad or worse than before. They also know how to remove mold without spreading mold spores to other areas of the house; for instance, they will secure carpet or insulation in heavy plastic bags before removing it from the home.

Mold remediation specialists often do more than just clean up the mold in your home. They may replace damaged carpet or insulation, replace damaged drywall or sheetrock, replaced damaged ceiling tiles and otherwise repair the damage caused by the mold.

What to Expect from a Mold Remediation Specialist

  • Expect a specialist to come to you for no charge and assess the situation. Most mold remediation specialists offer free consultations.
  • Expect a specialist to help you find mold that you have not seen. Mold often grows in hidden places, like inside walls and inside ventilation ducts.
  • Expect a specialist to let you know about safety precautions that must to taken in order to prevent the spread of mold to other areas of the home and exposing you and your family to additional health risks.
  • Expect a specialist to let you know what techniques will work best on the mold in your home, depending on the type of mold you have and where it is growing.
  • Expect a specialist to have all the necessary equipment for the job.

You can schedule a free consultation with a mold remediation specialist even if you might want to do the work yourself. You’ll benefit from some free professional advice. For a list of mold remediation specialists that offer free consultations in your area, follow this link.

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