How To Do A Mold Remediation On A Budget
Mold isn’t just ugly to look at but can lead to severe medical conditions due to prolonged exposure, which makes getting rid of it essential. Unfortunately, mold remediation is both exhaustive and expensive and is usually best left to the experts. However, if you find yourself in the middle of a mold infestation and need it done without much investment, there are ways and means to do so.
Want to keep your mold remediation between $100 to $1,000? Keep reading to learn a few tips and tricks from Baystate Mold Advisors to get a mold-free property without the astronomical price tag.
The whole aim of mold remediation is to make your property safe and free of health risks. To ensure that you are on right path, you first need to contain the contaminated area with four to six mil plastic. You must seal the entrance, any HVAC ducts and a window that you will need to use as an exhaust for your vacuum cleaner.
The next step involves protecting yourself. You must put on protective gear, such as gloves, a respirator (RATED P100), and a Tyvek suit.
Operate a vacuum cleaner with the best filter bag, and canister filter installed the whole time you are working in the room. The vacuum cleaner should have an exhaust hose that extends to out the window with the plastic sheeting. Ensure to cut a small hole in the plastic to slide the hose outside. You will need two hoses. One for the exhaust and one for use at the work site.
Tackling the mold.
Remove all of the contaminated building material two feet beyond the last place you visibly see mold. However, do it by making as little dust as possible and vacuum all surfaces in the work room.
Treat remaining rough building materials with mold stains with bleach. Bleach should not be used as a mold killer but only as a mold stain remover. Treat all surfaces in the work room with an approved antimicrobial or make your own using white distilled vinegar and hydrogen peroxide or another recipe you find online. Treat all rough building materials with a mold inhibitor.
Disposing of material.
Put all the contaminated sheetrock, baseboard and other non-structural materials in contractor trash bags and seal them with duct tape. If the bag is covered with dust, put it inside a new, clean contractor trash bag. Remove from the premise.
Install air purifiers and apply special paint.
Install HEPA air purifiers in the work room and run continuously during the rebuilding process. Once the rebuild is complete, prime and paint the room with mold inhibiting paint.
Where you should put your money.
Labor is where most people invest the maximum amount of money. However, by doing the work yourself, you can save on the cost of labor of a trained professional. Your savings can be used to pay for the rebuild and added quality to ensure that mold problem doesn’t arise again.
If you see black and gooey mold call an expert.
If you come across wet, black and gooey mold or charcoal black, powdery mold, don’t attempt a do-it-yourself approach. Instead, call a professional immediately! Black and gooey mold are most likely - Stachybotrys, a very toxic mold. Protect your health from this toxic mold and call upon a professional for a proper remediation.
For more details about clearing the air and getting rid of mold and other pollutants from your home from Boston South out to Cape Cod, including Brockton, Canton, Mansfield, Taunton, Kingston, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Sandwich, MA, reach out to Baystate Mold Advisors, or get in touch with us by clicking here.