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Get Rid of Black Mold

Do-It-Yourself Black Mold Removal Tips

Getting rid of black mold is something you can do yourself, as long as you know how to get rid of mold safely. Black mold can cause serious health problems if left to continue growing. Once you've identified black mold growing in your home, you should work to remove it as soon as possible. You can find a professional mold removal company to take care of the problem, or you can do it yourself with some simple protective gear and mold removal products. The process of getting rid of black mold is more tedious than difficult, but as long as you follow our guide, you should be able to remove most visible black mold infestations safely and easily.

The first step of getting rid of black mold is to make sure the toxic mold won't regrow as soon as it's cleaned up – this means correcting issues that are causing moisture to accumulate in your home. Black mold only grows in places that have been exposed to moisture. Usually this means black mold grows in rooms such as the laundry room, bathroom, garage or attic, where moisture accumulates regularly. Or, black mold can grow in rooms that have been exposed to moisture through flooding, broken water pipes, leaks or other types of issues. The most dangerous kind of black mold growth happens inside the ducts; these growths are dangerous because you can't see the mold with your eyes, and meanwhile, toxic mold spores can travel to rooms throughout your home, increasing your exposure to health complications.

Once you've isolated the location of your mold growth, figure out what you can do to eliminate excess moisture in the room. Getting rid of moisture will deprive the black mold of its most basic element of survival. You can reduce moisture by improving ventilation, by fixing leaking pipes or by fixing the walls, roof or flooring where water may be seeping into the room. You can also buy products designed to dry the air, such as a dehumidifier. Only after taking these steps should you move on to actual mold removal and abatement.

Next, purchase safety gear that you'll need to get rid of black mold safely. You will need at least protective goggles that completely seal your eyes – a set of industrial-strength construction goggles should do the trick. You will also need a respiratory mask to filter out any black mold spores that are airborne while you are cleaning. Inhaling black mold spores during cleanup could be very detrimental to your health. You should also wear a disposable painting suit that you can throw away after you've cleaned. Basically, the more of your skin you can cover when cleaning black mold the better. Gloves are a must. At the end of your mold abatement process you should throw away anything that could have come into contact with mold spores, so try wearing clothing you can easily part ways with. You also need to buy a powerful mold removal product, which can easily be found online or at your local home improvement store. Some people remove black mold with a mixture of bleach and water, but buying a premade mold removal product will ensure your cleaning agent is potent enough to kill all mold spores.

The next step is to seal off and cover surface areas in the room or part of the home you're cleaning. Use duct tapes to seal off vents, doorways and windows, and lay down thin, plastic tarps on all of your surface areas. If the mold is in a place that prevents you from doing this – such as inside your vents – then don't attempt to remove the mold on your own, because any surviving spores could easily cause the mold growth to resurge. You'll want to throw away all plastic and pieces of tape after you're done with your mold cleanup.

Finally, you're ready to clean. After you've sealed your room and donned your safety gear, start getting rid of mold by using a mixture of soap and water. Wipe away as much mold as you can using a giant sponge. Once you've removed as much mold as you can from all surfaces, then switch to your powerful mold removal product and wipe down all surfaces again. This will kill any remaining black mold spores, while also minimizing the amount of potent cleaning agent needed for your mold abatement project. Once you're all finished, put all of your used cleaning supplies in a garbage bag, along with your tarps and tape used to seal off the room. Leave on your goggles and respiratory mask until you get outside. You should also spray some mold removal agent onto a towel and wipe down your shoes and gloves before leaving the room or touching doorknobs, just in case your clothing still contains mold spores.

Take your garbage bag outside and throw it in the trash. Then remove your outer layer of clothing and throw it away, too. Last, remove and toss out your contaminated gloves and goggles. This should take care of your mold removal problem. If your attempt to mitigate black mold proves unsuccessful, then contact a mold removal company because your problem may be worse than you originally realized.