Mold Removal from Walls – What to Do?
Black mold has become a catchphrase in the real estate industry, and it is unquestionably dangerous if it is Stachybotrys, which has the maximum toxicity. Mold, on the other hand, can be found inside and outside your home in many forms. The true issue arises when mold levels are higher indoors than compared to outdoors.
Mold in your home can appear gray, white, green, or black, and is most usually found in wet, poorly ventilated, and heated areas such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And whether or not it is hazardous, you do not want it on your walls. Let’s take a look at how to get mold off of walls.
When to Consult a Mold Remediation Expert
Most mold spores thrive 48 to 72 hours after exposure to moisture, and black mold becomes more likely to appear the longer water damage persists, usually 7 to 10 days. If you have a damp or wet location that has been damp or wet for more than a few days, it’s advisable to seek professional help from a mold remediation expert. If the mold spans 10 square feet or more, is in hard-to-reach areas, or persists after cleaning, you should contact mold treatment professionals.
Before you start removing mold from your walls, there are a few things you should know.
- Before attempting to eradicate mold, determine the source of the water intrusion and make sure it is stopped; otherwise, the spores are likely to reappear.
- To safeguard your safety, always use protective suits, masks, rubber gloves, and eyewear.
- To generate a negative pressure environment and ensure that contaminants are not transported via the air during removal, air filtration systems equipped with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters should be utilized to drive air outside. Close air vents and, if feasible, turn off your HVAC system.
- Before being taken away from the afflicted area and destroyed, rags, towels, gloves, and any other materials used for mold eradication should be sealed in plastic sheeting.
- Moldy drywall should be removed.
- A disinfectant containing quaternary ammonium chloride and a HEPA vacuum should be used to clean the mold remediation area.
- Keep people who are immunocompromised out of the containment zone.
Mold remediation projects can be very complicated, requiring careful planning and painstaking work, so it’s best to call an expert. Our team of specialists at CPR24 Restoration is well trained and greatly skilled to take care of your mold problems, remediate and remove it from your property and restore any affected area.
If you’re still not sure, here are some things you can do to get rid of mold on your walls yourself, assuming you’ve eradicated the source of moisture.
Mold on Painted Walls: How to Get Rid of It
It is often easier to clean mold on the surface of painted walls. To remove mold from a painted wall, follow these steps:
- To avoid just shifting the spores to another spot, first pull everything away from the area and off the wall. To protect the floor, cover it with plastic.
- To remove dirt and debris, moisten a huck towel or cotton rag with warm water and a surfactant-containing dish liquid (such as Dawn dish soap). This will not destroy the mold, but it will make the mold removal process easier in the next phase.
- Purchase a mold cleanser or make a bleach solution with one part bleach and three parts water from your local home improvement store and use it with a spray bottle.
- Spray, scrape and wipe the affected area clean. Then re-spray, wait 10 minutes, wipe (using a different side of your rag or towel to avoid re-contamination), rinse, and dry the wall.
- You’ll have to repaint if you’ve scrubbed any paint off. It is advised that you use mold-resistant paint. Just make sure your wall is completely dry before painting!
CPR24 Restoration has a greatly trained team of technicians that will inspect and remove any type of mold on your property. Call us at (416) 551-8287 to get our services.