Do-It-Yourself Mold Removal

Mold is a fungus that grows in dark, damp places.  Mold cannot survive sunlight and requires oxygen, moisture, and organic materials to grow.  Most species of mold prefer warmer temperatures but there are a few that can grow in colder temps.   Mold will go dormant when it loses favorable growing conditions, but will make a quick comeback when the right combination of conditions presents itself again.

The primary function of mold is to digest the host upon which it grows.  This is great in the case of decaying outdoor plant life, but can be very problematic when it begins eating the drywall and wood and other materials that comprise homes.   Mold will also grow on clothing, food, carpeting, and leather. Damp basements are prime locations for mold growth, as many a homeowner has found after retrieving items stored for long periods of time in the cellar.

Mold reproduces via spores that are spread on contact or through the air.  These mold spores can become quite problematic for people with mold allergies.  In the case of toxic mold there can be serious health consequences for persons exposed. Not all black molds are toxic.  A professional can test your mold to determine if it is a toxic species.

Do-it-yourself mold removal can often be effectively accomplished if the mold is not growing on a porous surface.  Mold will grow “roots” and will return to the surface eventually.  Professional mold removal may be required at that point, and there are times when the moldy materials need to be removed and replaced.  Do-it-yourself mold remediation can be accomplished with bleach, baking soda, ammonia, white distilled vinegar, borax; grapefruit seed extract, detergent, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree oil. DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS TOGETHER and NEVER MIX BLEACH OR BLEACH-CONTAINING DETRERGENTS WITH AMMONIA.

The best way to avoid mold is to prevent it from occurring at all.  Ensure good air circulation throughout the home and basement, and if storing items in a basement, utilize a dehumidifier, use storage containers that are airtight such as lidded plastic totes and vacuum sealed storage bags.  Keep items up and off the floor and away from walls, and let the sun shine in when possible.

Most importantly, when mold is severe, when symptoms of mold allergy or illness are present, or when toxic mold is suspected, contact a professional mold remediation company to protect your home and belongings, and most importantly, your health and the health of your family.

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