Getting Rid of Mold

 

   

Getting rid of mold can be a big job, but sometimes it’s not too difficult. It depends on how much mold you have and where the mold is located. We’ll tell you how to remove mold from some common surfaces and also let you know when it’s best to contact a professional about getting rid of mold.

How to Remove Mold from Non-Porous Surfaces

While mold can be found just about anywhere, it’s commonly found on flat, hard surfaces like walls and floors. Removing mold from non-porous surfaces like these is usually not too difficult. To protect yourself, wear disposable gloves and an N-95 respirator mask, available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

Use a brush and non-ammonia soap to scrub the mold off the surface. Rinse the surface, then apply a biocide meant to kill mold. You can find biocides at most hardware or home improvement stores. We recommend against using bleach because while it kills some types of mold, it’s not effective against all types. Clean the surrounding area as well, even if it appears free from mold, just to make sure you get all of the mold spores.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends not attempting to clean up mold yourself if the affected area measures more than ten square feet. In that case, they recommend you contact a professional, and we agree.

Keep in mind that if you see mold on non-porous surfaces, there may be mold in other places that you don’t see. For instance, if there is mold on your bathroom tile, there might also be mold inside the bathroom wall, in the insulation. Look carefully for other areas of mold and contact a professional if you need help determining if other areas of your home are affected. Just follow this link to find professionals in your area that can test your home for mold.

How to Remove Mold from Porous Surfaces

Getting rid of mold on porous surfaces, like carpeting, insulation and drywall, is a bit trickier. It’s difficult, often impossible, to remove mold from those surfaces. In most cases, you’ll need to remove the affected materials and replace them. You need to be very careful, though, not to spread mold spores throughout your home during the process. For safety’s sake, put any materials you must remove inside heavy trash bags before you carry them through the house.

You might want to contact a professional if you have a lot of mold on porous surfaces, but if you’re particularly handy you might be able to do the job yourself. Keep in mind that mold often spreads unseen, so if you have mold under one area of carpet, there may be mold under adjacent areas of carpet that you don’t see.

How to Remove Mold from Air Ducts

We’re not going to try to tell you how to remove mold from air ducts. While it’s not uncommon to find mold in air ducts if you find it elsewhere in a home, getting rid of mold inside air ducts is significantly more difficult than removing mold from surfaces like walls and floors or dealing with moldy materials like carpeting. The job also requires equipment that you’re not likely to have lying around the house and that you can’t just pick up for a few bucks at the local hardware store. We recommend seeking professional assistance if you have mold in your air ducts.

For Help Getting Rid of Mold

We recommend contacting a mold removal specialist for a free consultation. A specialist will:

  • Come to your home and assess the situation for no charge.
  • Help you locate any hidden mold to make sure your mold problem is completely resolved.
  • Offer you some helpful advice so that, if you do decide to handle the job yourself, you’ll know what to watch for and what to expect.

For a list of qualified mold removal specialists in your area, just follow the link.


Additional Reading:

To learn more about the symptoms of mold exposure and mold poisoning, just follow the links. We also have information about mold removal techniques such as removing mold from walls, and white mold in basement. If you suspect you have mold but can't find it, find out how a mold detector works.

 
   

 

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