Getting Rid of Mold: A Basic Guide

by Robert Holmes, Turn Key Restoration, Inc.

Mold is a serious problem and is more prevalent in the U.S. than one may expect. With an average of 4 out of every 10 homes experiencing mold issues, its no wonder homeowners are looking for ways of dealing with the problem on their own. Depending on the severity of the mold, taking the project on yourself may be a viable option if you take all of the necessary precautions.

In many situations, however, hiring a professional remediation team like the professionals at Turn Key Restoration is the most advisable option for getting rid of mold the safe way.

Know What Youre Dealing With

There are not only a large variety of mold types but also several levels of mold infestation; therefore, it is extremely important to understand what it is youre looking at before attempting to get rid of mold yourself. New York States Department of Health web site is a great place to find out more about the various levels of infestation and appropriate protection when dealing with mold. A general rule of thumb is that you should only take the project on yourself if the affected area is less than 10 sq. feet and if no one in your home is very young, very old or dealing with a compromised immune system.

Protect, Protect, Protect

Mold spreads via airborne spores, which can be sent out by the millions so anyone getting rid of mold on their own needs to take extreme caution in order to help keep the potential for the mold spreading at a minimum. This means the area you are working in should be sealed of including any heat or air vents and a window fan should be used to pull air from the area outside. Plastic should be used over doorways sealed with tape. You should wear either a disposable work suit or old clothes that you will throw out when youre done. Once youre finished the project, be sure to shower thoroughly.

Mold should never be touched with bare hands or breathed in. Avoid eye contact as well. Gloves, goggles and a respirator should be worn the entire time. Certain species of mold are especially dangerous to humans and should only be dealt with by professionals.

Get Rid of Mold the Right Way

In a majority of cases, getting rid of mold requires the removal of all affected materials and simply rebuild. In some situations, depending on where the moisture was sourced, mold can be removed with a wet vac or steamer. Once loose particles are removed, double bag them in heavy trash bags and use detergent and water to wipe down the affected area. Never soak the area. Let it dry completely before vacuuming again. Be sure to dispose of all used materials and clothing in double trash bags before placing it in the garbage.

Never use bleach! Even though bleach may get rid of mold on the surface it will not kill the roots and the mold will rebloom shortly after. If youre unsure of the moisture source causing the problem, it would be wise to contact a professional service so that the problem can be taken care of at the core in the best way possible, leaving the smallest chance of increased spreading and further harm. And if for any reason you do not feel comfortable getting rid of mold yourself, do not hesitate to contact a professional company like Turn-Key Restoration to help you remove the mold from your home in a safe, effective manner.

With over 15 years of field experience, Turn Key Restoration, Inc.,  is ready to tackle your restoration project, with a team of certified fire, water, smoke, mold, asbestos and lead specialists with the knowledge and training needed to handle any restoration project – big or small. Serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For more helpful tips, visit our blog at

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