Facts About How To Kill Mold
Homeowners should not attempt “do it yourself” mold removal.
Mold must be removed, not killed.
Mold Growth is a sign of water damage.
Mold Removal includes “dry outs” and repairs.
Mold Removal can be covered by Homeowners Insurance.
Blech and water should not be used to “kill” mold.
How To Kill Mold
The proper way to kill mold is to remove it completely from all affected areas and unsalvable materials. There are some cases where mold can be “killed,” but even these projects include the remediation process.
Step 1. Remove all non-salvageable materials.
Step 2. Preclean effected areas to remove most of the mold contamination.
Step 3. Perform aggressive detailed cleaning.
Step 4. Exfoliate salvageable materials.
Step 5. Perform second detailed cleaning.
Step 6. Apply anti-microbial.
Step 7. Begin structural drying.
Mold Removal Scams
Homeowners are advised to be on the lookout for companies and contractors who advertise mold killing treatments. The following are 4 major red flags of a scamming mold contractor.
1. No IICRC Certification
A mold contractor without proper IICRC certifications is the first major red flag to consider. Some states require no license for mold removal and remediation. Therefore, any cleaning company can offer mold cleanup and removal services. Mold remediation projects should be supervised by an IICRC certified professional. Furthermore, the supervisor should have the ARMT, applied remediation mold technician certification.
2. Fogging To Kill Mold Is A Scam
Some companies mislead homeowners into thinking they can “fog to kill mold” the way one would fog for roaches. Fogging with a mold inhibitor without removing moldy materials is a major violation of standard.
3. No Moldy Materials Removed
What is mold remediation without demo? Beware of any contractor offering to clean the visible mold, spray everything down. Mold growth indicates water damage. Without properly addressing the water damage issue, a mold removal project cannot be successful.
Homeowner Tip #1
Prevent the need to kill mold by keeping your home clean and dry. Routine cleaning and maintenance are the best ways to keep your home or office mold free. Maintaining free air flow circulation is the next major recommendation. Air flow prevents mold from settling to grow. A clean, dry, well-ventilated room is least likely to grow mold.