Black mold problems, whether it is toxic or non-toxic poses a serious threat to your health. Black mold has serious health consequences such as causing mold poisoning which leads to the development of illnesses such as Asthma, Migraines, Insomnia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vomiting, Nausea, etc. The best way to remedy your home of a mold problem is to remove the underlying source of the mold. In this article, we will specifically go over steps to remove black mold. Go here if you are looking to remove pink mold.
Fungal growth usually occurs in areas of water accumulation, especially if the water is dirty. If there has been a severe flooding or water leak, remove the water immediately and dry the affected area. If the underlying area still remains wet, use hot heater fans or dehumidifiers to remove wetness off the floors. The quicker you remove the water, the faster the mold will die because it takes mold only 24 – 48 hours after a water leak to grow rapidly & spread. Moisture problems occur very frequently in the attic; learn how to remove mold in the attic.
Before you work on removing the source of the mold, such as contaminated water, be sure to take measures to prevent mold spores from evaporating or spreading to other areas of the home. Mold spores can easily get stirred & get airborne traveling through the air to other areas of the home. How do you go about preventing this spread? Well, you seal off each individual area & it should be cleaned separately one at a time. Sealing can be done by locking the doors, windows, escape spots, etc. You can also use plastic sheeting sealed with duct tape on doorways to prevent mold spores from spreading through the air. You can also use an exhaust fan next to a door or window as it will create negative air pressure & will limit the flow of air to other areas of the home. Mold spores that have become airborne will be channeled outside of the home via the exhaust fan, which is so much better than these spores traveling inside of the home.
If the moldy surface you are cleaning is very dry, spread some water over this area. Then mix water with soap and gently clean the area. After, apply a mold disinfectant to kill mold spores that may still be left behind. Scrub all affected areas thoroughly to remove microscopic mold spores that may still be there. Mold spores have the properties of being very durable & dormant for months. Then dry the area with a piece of cloth. Non-porous materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, or concrete may be re-used after cleaning them of mold. Moldy areas can also be cleaned with a combination of vinegar & baking soda, or a good mold disinfectant such as Concrobium Mold Control Solution. It is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Concrobium Mold Control solution hardens itself over the moldy surface to form an invisible film that physically crushes the mold & micro-organism underneath. Go here to read on practical tips to get rid of black mold. Discard the mold & particles into heavy-duty plastic bags and dump them in an approved landfill.
- If all mold is removed, then there should not be any visible mold and/or a musty/mildew smell or odor.
- Moisture should not build up in the clean area otherwise this indicates a more complicated problem with the home.
- The home environment should feel a lot better & the air inside the home must be clean & feel healthy i.e. odor-free.
- If health problems such as Asthma or Nausea persist even after cleaning the mold, revisit the affected area again & check if there is another mold growing.