Black Mold Removal Help Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:22:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Black Mold Removal Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:09:53 +0000 Mold Guy

Black mold can be a very dangerous substance if left alone too long in your home.  It has many causes, but a build up a moisture and a lack of proper air flow is the main cause of black mold.  In window sills with blinds that don’t get opened much and in bathrooms that aren’t ventilated properly are the most prominent spots for black mold.  If you’re struggling with knowing what to do when it comes to removing black mold, then you have definitely come to the right place.  I am going to walk you through the major steps of what you need to do.  Remember, black mold is toxic and so while removing it is important for your health, it is also important for you to take precautions when you are removing it.

Here are the steps for proper black mold removal:

Identify the entire problem. Mold can spread and it is not always visible.  While you may be able to take care of any visible issues, I would highly recommend getting a professional to come out and identify the extent of the problem.  If it is mostly surface mold, then you may be able to get rid of black mold yourself, but if the problem is a lot larger than you initially thought, you may not be able to do it on your own.

Get prepared. Proper preparation is important when cleaning black mold because it is a deadly substance and you do not want to expose yourself more than you have to if you are choosing to do it yourself.  Make sure that you get extra protection for your eyes by using proper eye wear, as well as wearing a surgical mask so that you don’t continue to breathe in the black mold at close distances.  You’ll also want to wear proper protective gloves and if they rip in the process, remove them and replace them immediately.

Don’t use bleach. The first step that most people want to take when it comes to getting rid of black mold is to use bleach.  This is probably the worst thing that you can do.  Bleach will only make the black mold no longer appear black, so that will make you think that it has gone away.  Bleach does not remove black mold, it only masks it.  The mold will continue to grow undetected, and become a lot bigger project to cleanup, requiring a black mold removal service.  Bleach does not eliminate black mold at the root.

Try a few different mold cleaners. Not every mold cleaner product on the market will do the job.  If one does not seem to be working despite your scrubbing, then try another one.  If the problem continues, then you may want to look into hiring professionals.

Now that you know how to remove black mold, you can go ahead of get that affected area cleaned up.  But, it is usually safest to just hire a professional from the start.  They know what they are doing, their work is guaranteed, and they can handle problems that you can’t.

The next step is to prevent black mold from coming back.  Using a dehumidifier is a great way, but you can also use fans, open some windows, and allow fresh air to get in the rooms with problem areas.  Make sure that your fan in the bathroom is cleaned and working properly.  You also need to make sure that you allow it to run while you are in the shower, as well as 15-20 minutes after the show to ensure that no moisture collects.

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The Black Mold FAQ: Common Questions and Answers about Black Mold Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:22:56 +0000 Mold Guy Is all mold toxic?
No. Just like mushrooms, some molds are ok and some are dangerous. Black mold is one of the more dangerous forms of mold.

Where does black mold grow?
Mold likes dark and damp areas. It will grow anywhere that there is a consistent source of moisture. Bathrooms, cabinets, and basements are common areas for mold growth.

How does black mold spread?
Air currents in a home will carry mold spores, which will grow and multiply when they land on a spot that is moist.

How long does it take mold to grow?
Mold typically needs between one and 10 days to fully flourish.

Why is black mold dangerous?
Some molds can make you very sick. Long term exposure can lead to lasting health problems. The common side effects of mold are having a headache, itchy and watery eyes, skin irritation and redness, sneezing and itchy skin.

What do I do if I suspect that I have black mold?
The best thing to do if you think you might have black mold is contact a professional right away. A professional mold removal service will test the air in your home and take samples of the mold itself. Then, they will implement a plan to remove the black mold and prevent it from coming back in the future.

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