How To Prepare For Mold Removal

Finding mold in your home can be incredibly frustrating, both because mold can be a health hazard and because mold is disgusting in general. Thankfully, most mold can be removed if you have the proper tools and knowledge. To help you rid your home of mold, here are some tips to help you get started:

How can you find mold in your home?

If you suspect that you have have mold in your home or have only found a small bit of mold and expect that there is more, then you will want to be able to actually locate the bulk of your infestation. To do this, you will want to look for areas that fit some very specific conditions that are necessary for mold to thrive. You first need to look for areas that are damp, which generally means bathrooms and the area around your pipes. You will also want to look for places that are a bit warm and dark, which ultimately means that you want to look around in enclosed spaces near your plumbing. If you have cabinets beneath your sink, then those are common mold sites, but you can also have mold growing in dark corners near showers and toilets.

How should you prepare for removing mold?

Once you have successfully found the mold in question, then you will want to devise a plan to actually get rid of it. In order to prepare, you will want to make sure that you are fully protected and that the mold won't flow out into the rest of your home when you actually start the removal process.

Therefore, you will want to make sure that your face and skin are properly protected. Safety goggles and a respiratory filter are sufficient for keeping your face safe, but you will want to make sure that you wear long sleeves and pants to protect the rest of your skin. Make sure that you immediately wash your clothing once you are done, although you can dispose of them entirely if the mold infestation was incredibly large and you wore clothes that were old and ready to be thrown out anyway.

As far as the actual cleaning solution goes, ammonia and bleach both work very well. However, you don't actually need to use all that much of either substance, so you should dilute them with quite a bit of water. For bleach, a 1:10 combination of bleach to water should suffice, whereas ammonia is a little weaker and should be used in a 1:5 ammonia-to-water ratio.

For mold removal, contact a company such as Advanced Air Quality Services