How to Remove Mold from Water Damage

Roof leaks which often occur during heavy rain season can let the rain water damage your ceiling. If you don’t take action sooner, mold will grow. At first, it may only discolor and stain your ceiling, but as soon as possible it will eat away the material structures. The worst, inhaled mold spores can cause various health problems to you. Figure out the solutions you can do to outgrow the mold from water damage in your home by following these instructions.

1. Locating All the Growing Mold

You must remove every single mold in your home because the missed ones can grow and spread quickly which only leaving more jobs for you in the future. Checking every part of your house thoroughly, particularly the damp areas with high humidity which favorite place for mold to grow. Not only on the ceiling surface, mold also can grow inside walls, under carpet or floor covers, even inside air conditioning ducts.

2. Identifying the Cause of the Mold

By identifying the cause of growing mold, you can prevent the future cases that may occur if you don’t thoroughly manage the sources. For example, if it’s caused by leaking roof, ensure to repair or if water from leaking pipe is the source, fixed it soon. The Even too high humidity level in your home (above 50%) can let the mold to return easily.

3. Preparing the Equipment

Rather than looking for the professional hand, if you prefer for doing the job alone, then you should at least prepare equipment including mold remover (bleach, cleanser, or vinegar), heavy plastic bags, spray bottle of water, scrub brush or rag, mask, gloves. You should also prepare some additional tools like the paint brush, vacuum, mold resistance paint, stepladder.

4. Preparing the Work Areas

Cover all the items completely with sheets or plastics so they won’t be contaminated by mold. Or if the items can be removed, you should remove it to safer areas. Ensure to seal off the ventilations or any air hole to prevent mold spores from spreading outside your work areas, especially when you work on greater areas. Let enough lighting in the room, so you can work clearly.

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5. Starting Mold Removal

  • Make sure to wear the mask, gloves, and hair cover before starting the job to prevent the mold spores inhaled during work.
  • Spray water onto the moldy materials with a spray bottle of water to minimize the mold spores are dispersed into the air.
  • If the moldy areas are on the higher place like the ceiling, use the stepladder. Use scrub brush or rag to brush moldy drywall or materials, while vacuuming with a vacuum (better with HEPA filter).
  • Put the mold into a heavy plastic bag and seal it tightly before disposal.
  • Spray mold remover products to the moldy materials evenly using a spray of bottle or rag.
  • Brush the moldy parts again with scrub brush or rag until the mold completely gone.
  • Porous materials like from wood can’t be removed, so you may need to replace it with a new one to prevent the mold grow again. 

6. Finishing Touch

After finish removing the mold, you can use a paint brush to apply mold resistance paint which prevents the mold from growing again. This kind of paint contains with antimicrobial properties to kill and repel mold. Rinse the tools and the clothes you are wearing during removal to prevent a spread of mold spores.

7. Preventing Mold Growth

Although you have been finishing removed the mold, but you should still aware that mold from water damage can grow again one day if there is a leaking. So, you should do some early prevention include regularly checking your home parts, installing hygrometer (a device to measure the humidity level in the air), the dehumidifier to control moisture amount in the air, and painting greater risked areas to mold with mold resistance paint. Last, regularly checking your health condition whether your health does or doesn’t affect by mold spores.

Doing mold remediation can be a complex job, especially when the mold has been spread in a greater areas surface and caused health issues to you. So, it’s highly recommended to hire a mold removal professional to do the job than doing it by alone.