If you have black mold, you very likely also have a moisture problems in your home. Mold grows best in humid areas with little or no ventilation, and it can be harmful to you and your family. The discovery of this growth should trigger some quick eradication measures, which you may be able to do yourself. Read on for tips on dealing with small areas of mold eradication.

Cleaning Tips

1. Since you will likely need to discard any clothing you wear during the cleaning, use only old clothing and have a plastic bag ready for the disposal of any used clothing or cleaning materials. Make sure that your cover your arms and legs completely, button your cuffs and ensure that your neck is covered by using a scarf or buttoning your shirt all the way up.

2. The EPA advises people to use an N-95 mask, which can be found at most hardware stores.

3. Rubber gloves (preferably long ones) and goggles should round out your mold eradication gear.

4. Ensure proper ventilation while cleaning by opening all doors and windows. If you have an old fan that you don't mind discarding, use that to increase airflow. Fans can be difficult to properly clean, so it may need to be thrown away afterward. Turn off your central air-conditioning or heating.

5. Use a mixture of bleach, water and dish washing liquid to wipe the mold off surfaces.

6. If an item must be thrown away, use heavy-duty construction-strength trash bags.

Calling in the Professionals

For more extensive areas of growth or places that are difficult to access, you may need more help. Mold growing inside drywall and on the pads underneath carpets can translate to an overwhelming job for most do-it-yourselfers. Know when it's time to contact a professional mold eradication team, who are specially trained to safely remove this dangerous substance from your home.

Mold can be extremely harmful to vulnerable family members, such as those with a sensitivity to mold spores or asthmatics. Mold can cause even people without any sensitivities to suffer some very unpleasant physical effects such as sinus, eye and throat irritation.

Prevention

The key to preventing mold is to make the conditions that foster mold growth disappear, namely moisture.

1. Don't allow your carpets to stay wet. For cleaning, use a professional carpet cleaning company, who will use an extremely strong vacuum to suck every bit of the moisture from your carpets.

2. Attend to plumbing leaks right away.

3. Use your bathroom's exhaust fans when taking showers.

4. Use fans in enclosed spaces and a dehumidifier in damp areas.

5. Use French drains to direct water away from your home's foundation.

For more information about eliminating mold in your home, contact a professional mold remediation service.

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