Any building that has suffered from water damage or problems with excess moisture is at risk of mold growth. There are thousands of different types of mold found outdoors and indoors. It’s important to act as quickly as possible to have it treated and remediated to reduce long-term risks to your property and improve air quality if you find signs of mold damage.
First, take these removal safety precautions:
- Wear old shoes and clothes that you can throw away after.
- Wear N-95 or P-100 respirators, goggles, and gloves.
- Ventilate the room while working by opening windows and/or placing fans in the room.
Next, follow these steps:
- Remove moldy carpet
- Moisten the surface you are working on with a spray bottle or garden sprayer to eliminate spores becoming airborne and spreading.
- Moisten, wrap, and tape moldy carpet in a plastic bag and moisten and double-bag moldy debris for disposal.
- Seal off the damaged area
- Turn off your furnace or air conditioner and cover ducts and doors to contain spores.
- Open up moldy walls
- Vacuum debris with a wet/dry vacuum.
- Get an extra-long hose and run it out the window so you can keep the vacuum outside to avoid spore spread.
- Scrub moldy surfaces with a mold cleaning solution (one-quart water to a 1/2-cup bleach). DO NOT rinse the surfaces.
- Seal moldy areas after they dry with latex paint with a mildewcide, shellac, or oil-based primer.
- Prevent future mold growth.
- Keep surfaces and areas dry.
If your mold damage is too severe to remedy yourself, contact ServiceMaster Restore®. We work with nationally recognized testing facilities and can provide mold inspection, laboratory analysis, and written remediation plans at a reasonable price. We also know how to identify and help eliminate the source of what has caused the mold and implement the proper processes to help prevent future mold growth.