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If you have mold growth in your home, it’s necessary to take care of it as soon as possible. Without remediation, the mold will continue to spread and cause further damage to your home. It will also contaminate the air, leading to respiratory illnesses and other health hazards. These steps can help you create an effective mold remediation plan.

Stop the Contamination

The first thing you should do is to make sure the water exposure has been stopped. Often, a leak in the home gives rain water access to an attic or basement, and, if you don’t seal that leak, any work you do to remove the mold will be for nothing. After you have eliminated the source of the water, use a hose to wet the area down. This will keep dust containing mold spores from getting into the air. Before you go further with your mold remediation plan, you should also close off this part of the home to prevent mold spores from spreading throughout the home. This is best done with plastic sheeting and duct tape, covering all vents, doorways, and windows.

Clean the Area

Any materials, including wood and drywall, that are wet and/or moldy should be discarded in plastic bags that are 6 ml thick and securely tied. Be sure to wipe down the outside of each bag with a cloth and detergent before disposing of the bags in the trash. The nonporous materials that remain should be scrubbed with wire brushes and wiped down with sanitary wipes. This includes any wood that may have been wet but not moldy. All surfaces should be rinsed with clean water. Carpeted areas should be shampooed and cleaned with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.

Dry and Repair

The final step involves a final inspection to ensure every surface has been cleaned and rinsed to remove all mold spores. Afterwards, you should use your home’s air conditioner and portable fans to help dry the area as quickly as possible. When you feel confident that everything has been thoroughly dried, you can begin replacing any carpeting, drywall, and other materials that have been discarded.

After reviewing these steps, you may find you don’t have the skills or resources to perform this type of work. If so, you should hire a mold remediation team to perform the work for you. They will have the proper protective equipment, tools, and expertise to eliminate your mold problem quickly, safely, and effectively.