Mold removal is very easy when you are dealing with small patches of mold or mildew. It however becomes a major nuisance when it has taken over a large area or has been thriving in places where you cannot see it like between walls or in the crawlers. Removing mold that has colonized a large area is tasking and can cause a health risk if you breathe in a lot of the spores from the mold. You should therefore only carry out this project when you are sure of your safety. Have breathing masks, protective clothing and gloves before you embark on the project. Here are some tips to help you get through the process with ease.
End the cause of the dampness mold will not thrive where there isnt enough moisture. The first step in ensuring that the problem will not recur is by getting rid of the cause of the mold. Check for water leaks in the house, burst pipes, poor plumbing and leaking roofs. When you have identified what the problem is then it should be fixed before you proceed to the next steps.
Start the mold removal do not just dive right in. First ensure that you have worn all your protective clothing and especially the breathing mask. After that you need to have all the equipment set up. The first thing you should have running is the dehumidifier. Most mini split air conditioners are also dehumidifiers. Set it to that mode and have it running. An air scrubber should also be present at the scene. If you do not own one, which is very probable then you can hire one at an affordable rate. After you have the equipment running you will need to seal of the scene. You seal off the scene using plastic papers separating the infested area completely with the area where mold has not affected.
Remove the mold from the affected area using a brush and a solution of bleach and water. Mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of water and use it to clean the surface. You can also use soap and water. Scrub the entire surface removing all molds. If the surface is wooden check it for rotting buy prodding it with a screw driver. If it is rotten cut and remove the rotten pieces. All the affected and removed pieces are bagged so that they do not spread all over.
Vacuum the area use a HEPA rated vacuum cleaner to clean the area. This ensures that all the spores of mold are removed entirely from their hiding. Clean the areas beyond the affected area also to remove any spores that could have settled there. Clean the surfaces again with soap and water and use a scrubbing brush to ensure all the mold spores are removed.
Repair if the wall or the surface is damaged then rebuilding should be done. Repainting the surface will also be necessary since mold causes discoloration.
All the bagged items should be disposed off in the sealed bags. After you should run the dehumidifier and the air scrubber for three continuous days until the air quality is restored.