Mold can be hazardous to your health and a building’s structural integrity. That’s why United Water Restoration Group, the mold remediation professionals, would like to discuss the use of proper mold abatement techniques to clean up your home or business.
If you believe your property is in need of mold abatement, you can contact our hotline at (800) 430-5838, which is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Our hotline can place you in direct contact with a certified technician in a matter of minutes!
1. Mold and Moisture Assessment
Since mold grows in moist places, assess the contaminated area for large amounts of moisture. This helps professionals determine why the mold is growing and what they can do to prevent it from happening in the future. You can do this, too. Just look around the area for signs of water damage, leaks, and poor ventilation for moisture.
Professionals also inspect areas around the visible mold. This is because mold releases spores into the air that can attach to nearby surfaces and sprout new growth. While inspecting on your own, look around the general area for smaller patches of mold to see just how far the contamination has spread.
2. Removing Contaminated Materials
Another necessary mold abatement technique is removing all fabrics, wood, tile, carpet, drywall, and other porous materials where mold can grow. Since the professionals use high-grade safety gear like gloves, goggles, and hazmat suits, you should, too, when removing any moldy items. And when taking the materials out of the contamination zone, they also double-bag the items in sturdy plastic bags and wipe down the outside of the bags to keep them clean, too.
3. Repairing Leaks and Causes of Moisture
It’s also important to fix any leaky faucets or pipes and ventilate humid areas to properly stop and prevent mold growth.
Cleaning a contaminated area can lead to spores and other particles being released into the air and onto nearby surfaces. Professionals hang plastic sheets over windows, doors, and doorways to make sure other areas are protected from airborne contaminants.
For particularly tough mold, it’s recommended to vacuum over the area before scrubbing or applying solutions. Use HEPA filters to make sure smaller particles are caught instead of blown back up into the air.
6. Deep Cleaning
One of the best ways to release mold from porous surfaces is to use a wire brush to break up the mold. Then, take disposable heavy-duty cleaning wipes to scrub the area down again. You can also apply a cleaning solution to the area and scrub with disposable cleaning cloths. Some solutions include:
- Borax mixed with hot water
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Antimicrobial cleanser
After using these solutions, rinse the area with clean water. Then, make sure to let the area dry completely to remove unwanted moisture that could cause new growth.
In the weeks after the cleaning, you can check the area to make sure no new growth has sprouted and no continuing signs of excess moisture have appeared.
While you can use these mold abatement techniques to address small areas of growth, it’s best to leave the big stuff to the professionals. We at United Water Restoration Group can assess and address any mold issues in your Florida home. Call us at 800-430-5838 today!