Do-It-Yourself Black Mold Removal

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Mold is the most common fungus on Earth, and many species of mold are harmless to people. Black mold, however, is not. Less commonly known by its scientific name of Strachybotrys chartarum, black mold can cause or aggravate asthma, bronchitis, and can cause respiratory bleeding in infants, which can be fatal. You don’t necessarily have to call in a professional to deal with the problem; do-it-yourself black mold removal is possible, with the proper tools and information.

Before you attempt a do-it-yourself black mold removal project, first be sure that what you’re dealing with is, in fact, black mold. This is where you may want to hire a professional. A professional mold inspector can tell you exactly where the problems are located, which will give you a road-map for removal. Black mold can hide in places where you wouldn’t necessarily be able to find it, if you’re not trained to do so, so don’t try to save money here.

If you’ve got a mold problem, you’ve had a moisture problem, so the first major step in a do-it-yourself black mold removal job is to fix the moisture problem. If you got a mold issue because of a flood, you probably can’t do anything about that, but if you’ve got a leaky roof or problem pipes, any cleanup you do will need to be done again soon, because the mold will grow back.

Once you know where the mold is located and you’ve fixed the moisture problems, you’re going to need some materials and tools. Gloves, goggles, and a respirator are a necessity, as breathing this substance is quite toxic. The materials you’re going to be using are not necessarily going to be the best-smelling things in the world, either. Seal off the area you’re going to be working on with plastic, to prevent the spores from running rampant, and lightly dampen the moldy area with water. If the spores aren’t totally dry, they’ll be less likely to drift around and spread.

Use a brush and soap to remove as much of the mold as possible. Following the product directions, apply the disinfectant/mold remover. When the job is complete, be sure that you thoroughly dry the areas, and place all of the mold contaminated materials into a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Your do-it-yourself black mold removal is nearly complete.

While the bag containing the mold-contaminated materials can be disposed of in a landfill, you’re not going to want to carry that bag through the house if you can help it. Try getting it out of the house through the window in the room you’re cleaning, if at all possible.

While it’s not the most pleasant job in the world, a do-it-yourself black mold removal project is within the realm of the average homeowner. It simply takes research and patience.

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