Have you ever walked into a building or room that, as you enter, that damp, mildew stuffy smell just hits you in the face like a long lost relative in from out of town you haven’t seen in 10 years?
Well if you’re anything like me, you will also feel like asking who invited them, how’d they get your address and when are they leaving? But your mother taught you better than that, so you handle the situation the best way you know how. Preventative.
If there is one thing I can’t handle it’s seeing the creep of a mold shimmy into places its unwelcome, unwanted and taking over like it owns the place. So now my poor husband and kids are shipped out whenever I can get a minute’s peace and I go on a disinfectant rampage.
Of course, water damage cannot be solved by a simple squirt bottle and citrus smelling liquid, although that would be fabulous, so we have to take stricter measures.
What is black mold and how to get rid of it?
Also known as toxic black mold or, a very long word with many letters which you can read here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stachybotrys_chartarum, is found in areas with high moisture content. This environment is optimal for its growth, allowing it to produce its conidia in slime heads. Not something you want to encounter.
So how do we get rid of this bugger trying to evict us without us noticing? Well, depending on the area covered with mold different methods, techniques and chemical agents can be used, let’s see some of them and how to go about it.
- Ammonia. This is good for bathrooms and kitchens with a non-porous surface area, it is also easily accessible and cheap and widely available at most hardware stores. It isn’t good for outdoor areas or decking where the pores of the material soak up mold essentially and thus it has penetrated deeper than you might have anticipated.
- Bleach. My granny’s cure to cleaning everything no matter what she decided, and to an extent she was right. However, it has a tough time as well getting to the root of the problem, literally. Not a good option for unsealed grouting or wood patios.
- Tea tree oil. While this is far from a cheaper option, a little does go a long way, and it is safer to the environment, especially if you’re treating an area in the house and you have kids around. Simply mix with equal parts water in a spray bottle and Bob’s your uncle.
- Vinegar. If it can break down tough muscles in wild game that my hubby brings home after a day out hunting, then surely it can tackle a patch of mold. The smell isn’t great, but it dissipates after a few hours, and it is a non-toxic way to get things done.
- Baking Soda. With pets and kids around this is my best option when it comes to tricky stains or mold. Mix with a 50/50 water ratio, make it into a paste and smear over the area to be treated. Not only will it lift the stain but absorb any funky smells that go with it. Plus, it’s cheap.
Hiring in a mold removal company.
If the area is massive and you simply don’t have the energy or manpower to take on a project of that size, have no fear, as there are professionals who can do the dirty work for you.
They can assess the area, take an evaluation of what and how much chemical agent is needed, and bring in industrial styled equipment that will get the work done in half the time it might have taken you.
When you decide to bring in the professionals, it comes with the safety in knowing they will only allow you back into the premises once they have deemed it safe and habitable again. No worries about breathing in leftover mold toxins in a DIY situation.
A reputable company will have a set of questions they ask you to assess the type of mold you have.
Arrange a viewing appointment to advise you best on how to move forward, and be willing to answer any questions you might have. If this sounds up your alley, then visit http://www.lifiremoldwaterdamage.com for expert advice and years of experience in the field. You don’t want to put your life into the hands of just any old Joe Blogs.
3 Advantages of Hiring in a Mold Removal Company.
- Thorough. You can be sure the process is going to be a deep clean and penetrable. They will also find the source of the problem and treat it at the root to prevent further or future outbreaks.
- Spread. Often going the DIY route can add to the problem, spores spread in the air and if not contained and sprout up in air ducts or vents. A company understands this and takes precautions when setting up to stop this happening.
- Health. If the problem is bigger than you realized, a weekend away with the family while the cleaning is taking place will just put everyone at ease and not having to worry about the kids touching something possibly toxic. The company will advise you when it’s all clear.
It isn’t a great thing to discover in the home, but it is, unfortunately, a reality we have come to know at some point in our lives. The main objective is to treat it quickly and swiftly, and if that means a weekend away, sign me up.