Killing mold is necessary
want to avoid prolonged, complicated health problems. The steps for
killing mold are basically: first, find the mold problem, second
eliminate the moisture feeding the mold, and third clean up the mold.
Killing mold happens after
dry up the water supply. The mold will
eventually go into a dormant state just like the grass does every
winter. This mold will come back alive and thrive again as soon as it
has enough moisture to do so.
Let's suppose you have a small portion of wall next to your bath tub
that was soaked for a prolonged amount of time. Before you did any
research, you knocked that part of the wall out and now you have
discovered a large amount of mold. Killing mold
at this point is
going to become difficult because the action of knocking the wall out
released millions of microscopic mold spores.
Killing Mold - Protect Your
Immediately contain the area with a plastic sheet and duct tape.
Whatever work you do, you'll want it done within that containment. Even
if you have to put on a mask, goggles and a clean suit you will tape
yourself inside the containment with all of the cleaning supplies you
need and plenty of plastic bags. You'll need enough plastic bags to
throw debris into while tying the rest of your clean materials
including more bags inside of one of the bags.
When killing mold everything within the containment is considered
contaminated. You will
scrape all the mold out. You will use moldicide (bleach possibly) to
wipe everything down and place all soiled rags into a plastic bag and
seal it. Now you must decontaminate the inner part of the entire
containment. Wipe it down with your moldicide killing mold and spores.
Then wipe down the outer
portion of your garbage bags, tools and even your suit. Your tools and
reusable items all get thrown into a bag and sealed. Your discarded
suite, towels, rags and whatever go into a garbage bag. Take the
garbage bags that have been wiped down and place them into additional
bags that were kept clean during your process. Then carefully dismantle
your containment discard it in a plastic bag and get all of those
contamination bags outside.
I like to make sure the area within the wall where the work was done is
very dry. Then I replace the wall. You'll want to remain vigilant
throughout the bathroom and other moist areas of the house (laundry,
kitchen and bathrooms) for several weeks and clean up any mold spots
that may pop up. Those could have been spores released by your work
because there is no way to stop all of them.
I go into several scenarios about killing mold and details in my eBook,
"How to Get Rid of Black Mold", which is available on the home page.
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