Mold is very dangerous. It is a serious problem that develops in damp areas in your house. Mold grows in areas with recurring water damage and can cause serious health problems.
Molds reduce air quality in your home because it releases allergens into the air. So removing mold can be a technical thing because you can easily get a bad allergic reaction from the mold. Watch out for mold stains and musty odor.
Early detection of mold is good because it gives you a chance to remove it yourself. But call a professional if you find extensive mold damage.
DIY Mold Removal
Using a professional is the best way to remove mold from your home. But professionals are expensive to hire. This is why you can use the DIY mold removal methods. Such methods are cheap because they only require normal household supplies. But there are some factors that you have to consider before using the DIY methods. Some of them are;
- Size of the area
EPA recommends that you can use DIY methods to remove mold in an area that is less than 10 square feet. Anything bigger than that, call a professional. A professional will use better techniques to ensure the mold will not return.
- Health and safety
You must consider if you have the correct equipment and tools that will help you to dispose of mold safely. Make sure you contain the mold spores not to disperse in the air.
Mold spores can easily attach themselves to a new area creating another colony.
- Recurring mold growth
Consider the number of times the mold problem has been happening to you. If you have been removing mold almost every month, it is time to call a professional. A professional will use methods that will permanently finish the mold problem.
How To Remove Mold Using DIY Method
Tools and equipment
- Rubber gloves or disposable gloves (latex)
- A face shield or safety glasses
- Face mask (N95 respirator mask)
- Disposable clothing/washable
Step 1: Prepare the affected area
Mold spores are airborne and can travel to other areas of the house. So you have to prepare the affected area by removing furniture and other valuables.
Children and pets should also be off the area because they can inhale the spores. Place a disposable drop cloth or plastic sheet around the affected area to trap stray spores.
Ensure you deal with any water damage problem that can persist after cleaning.
Step 2: Apply a disinfectant
Mold is a living thing, and you need to apply disinfectants to ensure it does not come back. Killing mold is not an easy job but apply disinfectants on all edges.
Bleach and biocides are the common disinfectants you can use at home. Make sure the disinfectant stays long enough so that it is effective.
Bleach is the best disinfectant and should only be used on non-porous surfaces like tile. Make sure you dilute it first.
Apply bleach on the affected area and give it 15 minutes to kill the mold. Then rinse it with a dry cloth.
Vinegar, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide have to be left on the surface for one hour, then wipe and scrub the mold.
Borax is the only disinfectant that does not require you to rinse off.
Step 3: Remove and dispose of mold
Wipe off the disinfectant and scrub down the mold in this step. Use an appropriate cleaner for the affected surface. For example, pick a tile cleaner if it is on a tile. Ensure you use disposable material to wipe the surface.
Take outside all mold-affected items and avoid putting them in the indoor trash can.
Mold does not have specific disposal regulations but ensure it does not spread in your home. Make sure you place the mold-contaminated item in one place, do not scatter them in your home.
Mold Removal Costs
The mold removal cost depends on the size of the affected area, type of mold, and type of material on the affected surface. Porous surfaces like carpets are expensive to remove mold.
The cost will also depend on whether you are removing mold yourself or using a professional. Of course, DIY methods are cheaper than a professional.
With DIY, you only need to have personal protective equipment and a few disinfectants. The DIY method will only cost you time and replacement costs.
Professional mold removal can cost you thousands of dollars, putting all factors constant. Some big mold removal companies charge up to $100 per hour. Using a professional will still require you to cover the repair costs and replacement costs after mold removal.