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When mold grows inside your home, it affects air quality, resulting in health complications and other subsequent effects. The susceptible areas to check for signs of growth are stale and damp, so after a flood or rainy weather, conduct a thorough inspection and remediate. If you prefer a hands-off approach, The Remediation Team can help by providing professional mold removal services. Before addressing mold-related issues at home or the workplace, it’s essential to understand the source. While spores are easily found in unfiltered air, look for damp areas where it’s prone to grow.
The most common and visible sign of mold growth is black spots which later spread over time into colonies, compromising the safety and comfort of your indoor space. We recommend adequate ventilation during DIY mold cleanup projects to promote air circulation and mitigate the effects of mold. Ensure you have the appropriate protective gear and respirator for safety, particularly for people with pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma. Here are several tips to help you conduct a DIY mold removal project at home.
The carpets in your building quickly become wet, whether a spill or plumbing leak. If you detect deterioration or a weird odor, you may have mold in your carpet. Once you have located the affected, use a carpet knife or utility knife to cut out the damaged areas and leave it out to dry. Use a heavy-duty cleaner like tri-sodium phosphate to wash the concrete subflooring and alleviate any residue of mold growth. The moldy cut pieces should be contained in 6-mil plastic and appropriately sealed with duct tape, and bag the remaining debris in thick contractor bags.
Wooden surfaces are easy targets for mold, especially when exposed to moisture. If signs of mold growth are detected in the early stages, then mold removal is as simple as spraying anti-fungal agents on the affected areas. However, if the wooden surface is painted, wash it using soap and water to avoid damaging the paint. On the other hand, unpainted surfaces can be cleaned using a mixture of water and bleach. After cleanup, seal the wooden surfaces with a pigmented shellac or oil-based primer. Always leave a window or door open, or place a fan when removing mold from wood to blow on the wall while it dries.
DIY mold removal from grout is complicated because it is textured and porous. Still, a professional mold company can help determine the ideal solution based on the severity of the problem. If the infestation is more pronounced, we recommend using a mixture of water and baking soda. Spread it on the affected areas and wait for several hours before spraying it with hot water while you scrub and rinse it to ensure it’s clean. Bleach and water can be used as an alternative solution, but mix it properly and put it into a spray bottle.
For more information on how to conduct an effective and efficient DIY mold cleanup, contact us at The Remediation Team and schedule a consultation with our team of professionals. Leverage our extensive industry knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment for top-notch remediation services at competitive rates.