Safe Way to Remove Mold from Your Home

mold on wall
Mold on Wall

Some experts are of the opinion that the best way to get rid of mold in the home is to remove any material that had been infested with mold. A critical look at this proffered solution will prove it to be the only tenable way out, considering the rather uncontrollable way the molds can grow, especially in very wet or damp area.  After removing the affected material, you can then rebuild and make sure molds do not grow again on the replaced material.  However, lots of precautions need to be taken when removing the material affected by the molds. If care is not taken, the mold will spread to other materials in the home and this will cause another round of problems.

If the area affected is supplied by sewage, then complete removal is inevitable, especially if there is no way you can divert the sewage water elsewhere. The rate at which the molds germinate and spread around the home is alarming and the water presence contributes a great deal to this. If the water in the sewage is clean, then make use of a steamer or a vac to get rid of the loose or wet debris of mold first. These loose debris are the ones that will first be taken by air to other initially un-infested materials in the home. Put the debris in heavy trash bags and wrap them up. Dump them where no one can ever touch them to prevent further spread of the spores.

After the above, use water and detergent solution to scrub the material or damp wipe it.  This will further get rid of the mold on the surface of the material.  However, you must not get the surface soaked while doing this. Make sure the cleaning material is first squeezed dry before you apply it to the affected surface. After you have wiped the surface dry, gets the surface vacuumed again using a reliable vacuum.  This has proved to be a reliable way to get rid of mold in the home. It has worked many times and it is sure to work for you, provided you take the needed precautions while handling it.

What precautions to take?

Put on a disposable working suit. Make sure the working suit is removed and disposed of safely once your work is done. Aside this, put on pair of goggle to protect your eyes; the molds can irritate your eyes if they ever get in. Make sure also that you put on a pair of hand gloves when handling the molds. This will ensure molds do not get on your hands, which may facilitate easy spreading of the molds to other parts of the home.

How to get things done perfectly

If you want to get things done perfectly, the best thing to do is to look around for any of the experts in mold removal and employ them for the job. Truth is there are so many considerations you must keep in mind while removing molds. These experts have handled innumerable cases of mold and can bring their expertise and experiences to bear on your needs to ensure the molds are removed effectively without constituting further problems.

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Causes and categories of water damage

Water damaged room
Water damaged room

Water damage can seriously affect materials, and therefore it is best to take steps to avoid it wherever possible. Increasing your awareness of the causes and categories of water damage can help you to avoid it, or it can help you to come up with a suitable restoration plan.



Water damage can be caused by the sudden, unexpected presence of water or by ongoing problems. Sudden damage can be caused by overflowing pipes or water tanks, the malfunction of water appliances, blocked drains, flooding due to bad weather or serious roof damage, or a variety of other reasons. Problems caused by ongoing issues include things like slow leaks around the toilet, or failures of the sealant around the bath or shower, which allow water to regularly seep into the floor. The effects of water damage can differ, depending on whether the water was a one-off incident, or whether the water has been affecting the area for a long time. The volume of water which leaked will also affect the extent of the damage.


Category 1

Category 1 is used to describe water damage which has been caused by clean water. Clean water does not include any substances which would be toxic to human when it initially affected the area, although if clean water is not dried up properly, mold and mildew can still grow in the affected area. Examples of category 1 incidents include leaks on supply pipes to cleaning appliances, and sink/bathtub overflows.

Category 2

Category 2 is used to describe water which contains some chemical, physical or biological contaminants. Category 2 water is also known as “grey water”. Coming into contact with grey water may cause sickness or discomfort, and should be avoided unless you are taking safety precautions. This type of water is harder to clean, and is likely to cause more damage to the things that it comes into contact with. The contaminants in the water may be health risks and they may speed up the water damage decay process in comparison with the decay process associated with clean water. Examples of grey water incidents include; leaks from toilet bowls which contain traces of urine (not faeces), leaks from the outgoing pipes of water appliances (dishwashers, washing machines etc), sump pump failures and light rainwater damage.

Category 3

Category 3 damage is the worst type of damage, and it is referred to as “black water”. Black water includes high levels of unsanitary biological, physical or chemical contaminants, or levels of harmful bacteria/fungi which are high enough to cause severe sickness or discomfort. If category 2 water is allowed to stand for too long or is not cleaned up properly, it may become category 3 water. Black water damage is the hardest to restore, because most affected areas will need to be deep cleaned, so that they can be deemed safe again. Once the hygiene aspect has been sorted out, standard water damage repairs can begin. Black water may be caused by overflowing sewage pipes and major flooding.

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