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Title: Tips for Mold Remediation

The Best Tips for Mold Remediation
Table of contents
  • The Best Tips for Mold Remediation
  • What Everyone Needs to Wear Before They Enter a
    Home with Mold Damage
  • Can Bleach Be Used in Mold Remediation?
  • What Are the Symptoms of Mold Exposure?
  • How Does Someone Know if They Have Mold in Their

The Best Tips for Mold Remediation
  • Having mold in ones home is one of the scariest
    discoveries someone can make. The only thing that
    frightens people more than that is the prospect
    of having to remove that mold. Luckily, in most
    cases there are professionals who can do that,
    but there are also times when they simply arent
    available due to flooding, hurricanes, or some
    other form of disaster. In any case, no one is
    ever expected to be an expert on mold removal
    from their home, but they can be better prepared.
    Here are a number of tips on what to do when it
    comes to mold cleanup 
  • First, access whatever information you can find
    and learn as much as possible about mold. After
    that, document everything in the house related to
    the mold issues. This is great for people with
    insurance, as this provides proof of the issues
    that were dealt within the home. Everything
    thats documented should also be properly dated
    and referenced. After that, its time to get
    ready to for mold remediation.

  • Before entering the house to conduct mold
    cleanup, make sure to wear the proper protection.
    The government recommends a proper respirator,
    goggles, gloves, rubber boots, long pants, and
    long-sleeved shirts at the very minimum. Ignore
    these recommendations at your own peril they can
    save lives.
  • Be ready to toss everything out that is
    contaminated from floodwater and cant be
    properly sterilized. This means specifically, all
    items that can be saved are ones that can be
    properly cleaned and then dried within one to two
  • Dry the home and everything in it as soon as
    possible. This means walls, floors, furniture,
    and everything else that can be rescued for
    future use.

  • Proper ventilation is a must. This means that
    fans and dehumidifiers should be used if
    electricity is on. If its not, then open every
    door and window in the building to allow air to
    circulate and aid in drying out the property.
  • Before starting the cleaning process, make sure
    that proper chemicals are used to clean up the
    home. Most importantly, never combine two
    cleaning products, as a two. or three-in-one way
    of dealing with things. This is incredibly
    dangerous and can create toxic fumes. Bleach, for
    instance, should never be combined with anything
    else but water!

  • Remember that this isnt a simple job of touching
    up things. Covering up issues or painting over
    them isnt an option here. Everything has to be
    properly dried. Surfaces need to be scrubbed
    clean in order to ensure that mold contamination
    doesnt continue or have a chance to set in.
  • Once the clean-up of the home is complete,
    everyones work is still not done. Its important
    to stay vigilant. Keep an eye on the house and
    watch for any evidence of continuing water
    damage. Also, watch for any issues with recurring
    mold. If any people occupying the home begin to
    experience the effects of mold contamination,
    then call a professional company in immediately.

What Everyone Needs to Wear Before They Enter a
Home with Mold Damage
  • Once it seemed that no one was ever concerned
    with a bit of mold in their house. Many people
    actually did have mold growing somewhere in their
    home and paid no attention to it.Occasionally,
    someone might crouch down and clean it up with a
    bit of bleach if they felt like it. It is truly
    amazing that no one knew the dangers of
    substances like black mold in the past, but
    everyone does now and the first thing that anyone
    should know about entering a house or building
    with mold problems is to be very, very cautious.
  • The other thing to remember about entering a home
    with mold is not to, if they can help it! There
    are circumstances where this cant be avoided,
    but it really is true that the best way of
    getting rid of mold is to hire a professional
    company to come in and remove it, themselves.
    There are sometimes, though, when people have no
    choice but to do mold remediation themselves.
    Here are the basics on what to wear when doing

  • Wear a respirator. This is the most important
    thing to have before entering a home or building
    that has mold damage. Mold spreads by spores that
    float through the air and that is something that
    a person can inhale without proper protection.
    Thats why the FDA recommends that people wear an
    N-95 respirator or better. They are relatively
    inexpensive and can easily be bought online or at
    hardware stores.
  • Goggles are a must. People think that inhaling
    mold spores is the worst that can happen, but the
    eyes must be protected as well. Not only is there
    a danger from mold entering the eye, but mold
    cleanup involves working with a lot of harsh
    chemicals that can severely damage the eyes. As a
    result, its better to err on the side of caution
    and wear protective goggles.
  • Protective gloves. This might seem unnecessary,
    but cleaning with chemicals means protecting the
    hands, as well. Even if someone isnt cleaning at
    all, its still better to wear gloves as mold
    could get on the hands while in the affected
    house. If it does, its something that could be
    breathed in later.

  • Waterproof boots. This is especially important if
    entering a house or building that still has
    standing water anywhere. Even if it doesnt,
    floors are still likely to be wet and its best
    to avoid any exposure to contaminated water. So,
    the boots are better to have than not.
  • A long-sleeved shirt and long pants. This is
    needed to avoid direct exposure of the skin to
    any dangerous substances that someone could be
    exposed to while cleaning. Because of the likely
    exposure to mold spores, its important to
    thoroughly wash these clothes in hot water after
    theyve been worn.
  • Its also important to keep in mind that
    children, the elderly, and those with asthma or
    weakened immune systems should never enter a
    house contaminated with mold.

Can Bleach Be Used in Mold Remediation?
  • There are, unfortunately, a great deal more
    floods and natural disasters hitting many parts
    of the world that leave people with homes damaged
    by water. Its also true that, much of the time,
    those same people are the ones who have to clean
    up the water damage. Here are a few things to
    remember if a person is in the position where
    they have to clean up without professional help
  • First, wear the proper equipment before going
    into a home where dangerous mold may be present.
    They can be especially damaging to a persons
    lungs, so a proper N-95 respirator should be worn
    at all times to ensure this doesnt happen. Molds
    can be dangerous to other parts of the body as
    well, though, so protective goggles and gloves
    should also be worn. Be aware that these
    precautions might seem like a hassle but they are
    advised because of just how dangerous some molds

  • Keep in mind that bleach and other cleaners are
    also toxic and proper ventilation should be used
    to prevent any buildup of gases in the air. When
    it comes to the question of whether or not bleach
    can be used on mold, the answer is basically,
    yes. One should, however, never mix bleach with
    any other chemicals or cleaners. Doing so can
    result in toxic gases that can seriously harm, or
    even kill, a person.
  • Before bleach can be used on a wall, it has to be
    cleaned of any other dirt first. This can be mud
    or any other debris on the walls. Any cleaning
    product that is used on the wall wont work if
    the wall is still dirty. Once the wall is clear,
    then a solution of bleach can be used. Bleach can
    be an effective way of removing mold because it
    not only cleans walls and ceilings but it also a
    sterilizer. In other words, it will kill the mold
    in places where it is used. Do not use pure
    bleach, though. A mixture of one cup per gallon
    of water is sufficient.

  • For other surfaces, however, like wood or stone,
    one can use soapy water and a bristle brush to
    break up dirt and mold on the surface. The most
    important thing to remember is to do a thorough
    job of cleaning all surfaces. If mold isnt
    neutralized everywhere, it can come back to haunt
    the owners by causing them long-term health
  • Once the home is clean of mold, its best to
    prevent its return by drying out surfaces as
    quickly as possible. Fans and dehumidifiers are
    usually a persons best bet in accomplishing this
    within a short period of time.
  • After having cleaned a home thoroughly of molds,
    there is one more step that should be kept in
    mind. The ventilation and heating system in the
    house may have become affected, so its a good
    idea to have an HVAC specialist come in and clean
    up any mold that might be in the system before
    its turned on.

What Are the Symptoms of Mold Exposure?
  • If someone discovers mold in their homes, they
    do, of course, want to have it removed as soon as
    possible. Calling a professional company to do
    just that is always a good idea, but there can be
    lasting concerns people have about their own
    health and whether or not its safe to remain in
    the house. Should a person stay in a house with
    mold and what are the indications that its
    affecting their health?
  • There are a number of reactions that can indicate
    mold exposure. Remember that these are signs, but
    not a guarantee of harmful mold in the house.
    Its always best to consult with a doctor to make
    sure that a persons symptoms are being caused by
    mold. If one or more of these symptoms are
    experienced by a person, then they should visit a
    physician as soon as they can. Here is a list of
    possible signs of mold exposure

  • Sneezing This is caused by the persons body
    trying to expel the spores. 
  • Runny Nose This is the result of a persons
    sinuses becoming inflamed as a result of the
  • Coughing and/or wheezing This is a more
    concerning symptom as this could indicate that a
    persons lungs are being affected. 
  • Watery, Itchy, or Red Eyes This symptom
    indicates irritation of the eyes from airborne
    mold spores.
  • Skin Irritation or Rashes This would indicate
    the possible presence of a mold that is affecting
    the skin.

  • Asthma Attacks For people who suffer from
    asthma, an unexplained attack could indicate the
    presence of mold, especially if they seem to be
    occurring only within that home.
  • Headaches This is also a possible symptom of
    mold exposure affecting the system.
  • Difficulty exercising This is the direct result
    of shortness of breath, meaning that mold spores
    may be affecting the lungs.
  • Snoring Now, many people snore, so this is not
    an indicator by itself. The only time that this
    should be an issue is if people who usually dont
    snore start snoring for no apparent reason.

  • If these symptoms are experienced, then its
    important to visit a doctor right away to
    determine if mold is the cause.  
  • Mold has several long-term effects on a persons
    health. Those with asthma can have their asthma
    attacks increase in number and worsen. People who
    previously didnt have asthma can end up
    developing it after mold exposure. Mold exposure
    can result in chronic sinus infections and
    chronic sore throat. Some can even develop
    respiratory problems like bronchitis. 

  • Other long term effects include bleeding of the
    lungs, depression, chronic fatigue, and
    difficulty with memory.
  • If these symptoms are experienced and it is
    discovered that the cause is mold by a doctor,
    then get treatment as soon as possible. Its also
    advisable to seek alternate lodgings in the short
    term. Above all, call in a professional team to
    examine the persons home and eliminate the mold
    problem. If this isnt done then the mold will
    continue to cause health problems and blunt any
    treatment the person is receiving.

How Does Someone Know if They Have Mold in Their
  • Flooding has become far more common and far more
    of a problem for business and homeowners in the
    last twenty years. Many homeowners may not
    necessarily end up with a foot of water in their
    home, but heavy rainfalls and wind can result in
    leaks in homes and buildings. Those leaks can
    result in mold contamination, but its not always
    easy to know if a person has mold in their home
    or not. First, know that mold is a type of fungus
    that produces spores which can become airborne.
    It thrives in damp, and usually warm areas. Here
    are some tips on detecting it
  • Past floods This might not be the most obvious
    sign of mold, but if a person buys a new home and
    sees indications in the basement, for instance,
    of previous floods, then the previous owners may
    or may not have looked for mold. If they didnt,
    it might still be present somewhere in the

  • Allergies Its normal for people to have
    allergies to plants, to cats, and to a number of
    other things. If, however, people start
    experiencing allergic reactions inside a persons
    home for no apparent reason, this might indicate
    that there is mold somewhere in the house.
  • Smelling something is wrong If a person walks
    into a home and immediately smells that strange,
    musty and damp odor in the air, thats a strong
    sign that mold is in the house.
  • Seeing that something is wrong The most obvious
    sign of mold in a house is the sight of mold,
    itself. This should always be approached with
    caution, and the sight of any mold means that
    professionals should be called in to determine
    whether or not the mold is dangerous. There is no
    reason to panic, however at the sight of mold.
    Most mold isnt dangerous and can be cleaned with
    some bleach and water. It is always best,
    however, to have the experts in to give their

  • Seeing signs of water This doesnt involve the
    direct sight of mold, but could indicate that it
    exists out of sight. The reasoning behind this is
    that once water is in the building, the creation
    of mold might have already begun. Mold needs two
    things to appear warmth and water. A home
    provides the first and a leak provides the
    second. Once a person has the two, mold can form
    and cause problems, but still might be concealed
    in attics, walls, and ceilings. Water damage is
    usually noticed by brown rings on ceilings or on
  • Seeing water This is the next indicator that
    mold might be in the building. Seeing water
    actually coming into the house through windows or
    ceilings, means that it is present in the house,
    and that means mold could be forming.

  • Condensation By itself, this isnt a bad thing,
    but frequent condensation could cause problems in
    a home, as well.
  • If any of these issues are found within a home,
    call a professional right away to determine if
    there is mold in the house!
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