How to: Remove Small Mold Damages From Your Properties Safely

Whenever you have mold present in a property it is an indication that water damages might have happened, possibly are still presents and humidity levels are higher than they should be. Every situation can vary slightly and this how-to will not cover all possible options for remediation, but should give you an idea of what is involved in properly containing and remediating a small job.

A small mold damage is considered less than 10 sq ft of damage area, but different situations may dictate that this allowable area be less depending on the professional judgement of a remediator. To picture 10 sq ft think for example a 5 ft section of wall 2 ft high. It is also recommended that a professional be consulted if excess water damage is present so that the structure can be properly evaluated and repaired. Remember that even small mold damage jobs can present a health risk, so please protect your self and anyone who works with you.

Steps:

  1. Use personal protective equipment.
  2. Dry Structure and contents as soon as possible, The first priority should be to fix plumbing leaks and other water damage issues.
  3. Contain the damaged area.
    • For small areas of a few square feet, one of the easiest ways to contain the mold initially is to apply an adhesive backed paper or plastic before removal.
    • HEPA air scrubbing is usually recommended, but a variation could be offered by a professional depending on the situation.
  4. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.
  5. Place all material removed in a plastic bag of minimum 6 mil thickness. Double bag and tie.
  6. Mold on hard surfaces can be cleaned with detergent and water. after cleaning let it completely dry.
  7. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, this may make the mold difficult or impossible to remove completely.
  8. Use caution to remove mold and dry all surfaces before trying to paint or caulk as it may peel away.

As you now know there is a lot involved with mold remediation. If your property is in the Kansas City Metro and you need help Call Marvelous Restoration 816-837-0083 or Email: Help@marvelousrestoration.com

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