Remove Black Mold

 

 

Are you wondering how to remove black mold from your home? The proper black mold treatment is very important because black mold has been associated with numerous health problems. In fact, some people consider black mold to be toxic because the health risks associated with it are so great. Exposure to black mold can cause pneumonia, asthma attacks, other respiratory disorders, pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding in the lungs), migraine headaches and depression.

However, it’s not as easy as you might think to remove black mold. Tiny spores of the mold easily become airborne and drift to different areas of the home, where they can begin to grow in difficult-to-access areas. It’s important to do a thorough job removing black mold from the home if you want to improve your health.

How to Remove Black Mold from Hard Surfaces

To eliminate black mold on hard (non-porous) surfaces, like concrete or tiled walls and floors, you should scrub the moldy area with an ammonia-free soap. Then use a commercial black mold treatment, a biocide designed to kill black mold. Make sure to read the directions on the package carefully and use the biocide only as directed. Do not mix it with other chemicals. Be careful to avoid getting it on your skin or in your eyes. Store any leftover biocide in a safe place out of the reach of children.

Sometimes black mold is found in heating and air conditioning ducts, which are hard surfaces, but it’s much more difficult to clean mold in the ducts and the job requires some special equipment. We recommend calling a professional to assist with that task.

How to Remove Black Mold from Soft Materials

It is often impossible to remove mold from soft (porous) materials like upholstered furniture, insulation, carpets, drywall and sheetrock. Most of the time, these materials will have to be removed and replaced. Moldy materials should be sealed inside heavy plastic bags before they are carried through the house to avoid spreading mold throughout the house.

Sometimes mold is found growing on wooden surfaces, like on the studs inside walls, where it is very difficult to remove and the wooden studs themselves cannot be easily removed and replaced, either. In this case, you should contact a professional to discuss the best black mold treatment. Sometimes it’s advisable to sand away the moldy wood, but we recommend not trying to do that yourself because it can disperse large amounts of black mold spores into the air. Sometimes encapsulation is recommended, a process of applying a sealant to the moldy wood without removing the mold, which is meant to prevent it from spreading. Again, we recommend not trying to do that yourself. A professional will know when it’s appropriate and the best techniques to use.

When to Call a Black Mold Treatment Professional

We recommend calling a black mold treatment professional if:

  • You have black mold in your home covering an area greater than ten square feet.
  • You have black mold in your heating and air conditioning ducts.
  • You have black mold growing inside walls or other difficult-to-reach places.
  • You have materials like insulation or carpets that need to be removed and replaced and you’re not sure how to do that correctly.
  • You’re experiencing mold-related health problems (cleaning up mold yourself only exposes you further to black mold and may make your symptoms worse).

Why We Suggest a Free Consultation with a Mold Removal Professional

A professional will:

  • Provide a free assessment of your home and let you know what work needs to be done.
  • Know how to find hidden mold that you may have missed.
  • Know how to remove black mold from difficult areas, like inside heating and air conditioning ducts.
  • Advise you about what to watch out for if you decide to do the job yourself.

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