5 Mold Removal and Remediation Tips

Published May 13th, 2021 by American Waterproofers Inc.

In the US alone, there are at least 45 million buildings that have unhealthy mold levels. Is your home one of them? 

Mold is not only unsightly but if left untreated, it can lead to structural issues in your home, as well as health issues for your family. So, what should you do if you notice mold in your home?

We're here to help guide you. Keep reading to learn about mold removal and remediation tips to help get your home back in good shape. 

1. Take Proper Safety Precautions

Simply put, mold is dangerous. If you have a mold allergy, in particular, exposure could lead to respiratory issues and other uncomfortable reactions. 

So, before you do anything else, make sure you have safety gear. As a good rule of thumb, you should wear a mask, goggles, and gloves before attempting to remove mold yourself. 

If you have children or pets, make sure they stay away from the affected area, so they don't accidentally risk exposure. 

And, when you remove mold-infected items from your home, make sure you dispose of them safely. 

2. Remove the Source of Moisture

Moldy areas in your home are a result of excess moisture. This may be in the form of leaking pipes or damp areas around your home. For example, during the bathroom mold removal process, you might notice areas around your tub or sink that are damp, leading to mold growth. 

You'll want to find the source of the excess moisture, dry it, and then ensure that the area has proper ventilation so that mold doesn't continue to grow there in the future. 

3. Clean Moldy Areas

Once you've identified mold in your home, you'll want to remove it as quickly as possible. If there's excess mold growth on moveable objects, you should throw them away, instead of trying to clean them off. 

For areas that you can't remove, like walls, you'll need to carefully clean them. While your first instinct might be to use bleach, this is actually a bad idea, as it can encourage future growth. 

Instead, you can create a solution of water and detergent to gently clean the area. 

4. Dry the Area Once It's Clean

Once you've successfully cleaned the moldy areas, make sure you dry them with fans. This will give your space the time it needs to ventilate. 

If you don't properly dry the area after cleaning it, it's more likely that your mold problem will continue to come back. 

5. Recognize That You May Need Professional Help

Some cases of mold growth are just too intense to tackle yourself. Mold removal companies have the skills needed to safely and effectively remove the mold so that your home is safe once again. 

If you find that mold continues to grow in your home or that the affected areas are too difficult to clean, don't hesitate to contact a professional. 

Take Mold Removal Seriously

Mold removal shouldn't be taken lightly, especially if you have people in your home with a mold allergy. Follow the tips we've outlined above at the first sign of mold, to help keep your family safe. 

Looking for more advice? Here at American Waterproofers, we've seen it all. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you kick mold issues to the curb for good. 

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