Four Steps To Take After Treating Mold

10 January 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Mold can be a tough problem to get rid of. Due to its insidious nature, it can find its way into places you may not think to check or places you may not be able to clean as well as you should. Unless you completely deal with the mold problem, it could show up again in a very short time. Once you've treated your house of the mold problem, there are still a few more things required for proper mold remediation.

Remove The Materials That Cannot Be Cleaned

It's not always possible to get rid of mold from all materials. If given enough time, the mold can work its way deep into the surface of the material. This makes it too difficult to try to remove the mold from the material. In such situations, you should remove the materials that cannot be cleaned. Leaving them in place will mean the mold will be back in a very short time. Be sure to wrap these materials in plastic sheets before carrying them through your house. This will prevent the spores from spreading.

Apply A Fungicide to Materials That Can Be Cleaned

Mold is a type of fungus and fungicides are substances that kill mold and other such organisms. Due to the black stains caused by mold, many people go for bleach to deal with mold. This, however, doesn't kill them. It merely changes the surface color. A fungicide will kill the mold. Wooden studs and other porous materials that can't be removed may have to be sanded. This should be done by a professional since the process can disperse the spores even more.

Encapsulate Affected Areas That Can't Be Removed or Properly Cleaned

There are sections of your house that may be affected by mold but aren't removable. After cleaning these sections as much as possible, the best thing is to encapsulate them. Encapsulation is done by a substance that can be easily painted on. The encapsulating agent will prevent anything from going into and out of the affected area. The encapsulating substance may also have antimicrobial substances that can kill the mold.

Eliminate Conditions that Encourage Mold Growth

Mold likes to grow in moist areas that don't receive too much sun. If the mold grew as a result of too much moisture in a given part of your house, try to see what you can do to reduce the amount of moisture. Mold can also grow in wet conditions within the bathroom. Think about bathtub refinishing or shower curtain replacement as ways to eliminate moist conditions in the bathroom, especially on the floor.

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