One of the worst nightmares that can happen to a homeowner is having a mold infestation. The following steps are guidelines on how to remove mold in your home.
The first step is finding the source of the mold. That may sound simple, but it can be difficult to do. Mold grows from trapped moisture, so if you have a mold colony growing somewhere, it’s because moisture is collecting in a place where it should not be. You need to find out where the moisture is coming from before you can even begin the mold removal process.
Once you find the affected area, you will need to remove all of the mold-infested materials that you can, for example, sheetrock, furniture, carpeting, and drop ceiling tiles. Anything that has gotten wet and is trapping moisture is going to continue to grow mold.
Next, you’ll need to spray all of the porous materials like wood and cinder blocks with 3% peroxide H202. This will seep into the porous materials and eradicate both the mold on the surface as well as the hidden spores within the item.
If you’re reading this and thinking ”instead of getting some fancy H202 why don’t I just use bleach, I’ve seen people use bleach to remove mold in movies!?” The fact is that if you use bleach on a porous surface, you will only kill the surface mold spores. Doing so will strengthen the internal spore colony because you’ll get rid of the internal spores greedy surface cousins who eat up a lot of the mold colonies food. If you wipe out the surface boys with some bleach, that just frees up a significant portion of food for the interior mold. The interior colony will just eventually regrow the exterior settlement that you think you just treated with bleach.
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