How to Get Rid of Mold in My House in Mobile, AL
How to Get Rid of Mold in My House?
Along the Gulf Coast and in Mobile, AL the climate is humid and warm the majority of the year. With that, it is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold can be found from your shower tile, bathroom walls and even growing on the outside of your home. Most of the time, mold in small amounts is easy to personally treat, the big problem is when mold is found in large areas in your home or hidden behind walls. Keeping the rooms in your house, like the bathroom, dry and cool can help prevent mold from growing, but despite your best efforts, mold can still grow in unwanted places. If you find yourself with a small mold situation, there are many hacks on how to rid a small area of mold. It only takes a few steps, a little elbow work and the right ingredients to rid your small area of mold and preventing it from being a further issue.
Can I Remove the Mold Myself?
You can remove small areas of mold, but remember that mold spores can travel when disturbed. Wearing proper attire when removing mold is important, it limits your exposure by wearing protective gear.
- Rubber Gloves-prevents mold spore spreading
- Eye Protection-protects eyes from chemical spray
If the area of mold is larger then 2 feet by 2 feet, you could have a bigger problem. It is best to contact a professional like SERVPRO of Mobile County to have the area inspected for hidden water leaks or other underlining issues.
How Do I Remove Mold and Stain from My Wall?
Many people think bleach is the best way to kill and remove mold on a wall. The problem with bleach is it only kills the surface mold; it doesn’t penetrate deep enough to kill to the roots. To kill beneath the surface, Bob Villa recommends using a vinegar and water mix. Once you have properly killed the mold, it may leave a stain behind. Here is an easy treatment plan to get rid of the stain.
- Clean the surface with detergent and water using a sponge or brush and let the surface dry completely.
- Follow with a water and bleach solution: Mix ¾ cup of chlorine bleach to a gallon of warm water. Wearing rubber gloves, apply the water-bleach mixture to the stains with a sponge or brush.
- Let sit five minutes, scrub, rinse, and air dry
Are there Natural Ways to Removing Mold?
If the sound of using bleach is scary, there are a few natural ways to treat small areas of mold. It may take a little longer to treat, but it is a just as affective.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Grab a spray bottle and pour 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide into the bottle. Spray the affected area, allow it sit for 10 minutes, and then scrub the mold away.
- Vinegar: Pour undiluted white vinegar in a clean spray bottle and spray the moldy area. Allow the area to sit for an hour, and then wipe the area clean with water and allow it to dry.
What to do if the Area of Mold is a Large Surface Area or the Mold Returns?
If the mold returns and you cannot determine the cause, it is best to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Mobile County. Our teams have been professionally trained and certified according to the IICRC Standard Guidelines. Check out our website at SERVPRO of Mobile County for further details about our mold remediation process.