Mold Abatement – Do It Yourself
Mold abatement can be accomplished on your own if you know how to protect yourself and your home from more contamination. Do it yourself mold abatement begins with finding the water source that is allowing your mold to grow and thrive.
Mold needs food which is any type of organic matter including household dust. Mold requires oxygen which is all around and mold needs moisture!
The only controllable aspect of mold growth that can be eliminated is the moisture. The water source could be humidity, it could be a leak in the roof, leaky bath tub, leaking pipes, and it could be a leaking foundation too. You should have a good idea about your moisture issue, unless it is just an overall musty basement.
The damp basement needs a de-humidifier and you need to stop condensation on the walls and floor from the changes in humidity versus the constant temperature of the basement walls. Of course this includes your crawl space too. So you may need to add HVAC to your basement or crawl space, but at least de-humidify it around the clock.
Once the moisture problem is solved, it’s now time for mold abatement. Areas of mold that are one foot by one foot in area or less, simply take a see through garbage bag and duct tape the opening to the area around the mold. This serves as a containment. Once you begin cleaning you will be causing a microscopic dust storm of mold spores. The plastic containment keeps them all in one place.
Next make sure you have a mold cleaner such as Clorox bleach or an off the shelf mold killer that will not harm the finish of where you are cleaning. Slit the plastic with a opening large enough to insert your hand and arm. Spray down the area and let the mold killer have enough kill time to allow for the best mold abatement.
Wipe the affected area with a rag or paper towel. Once you are done leave the rag inside the containment and take your hand out. Position another plastic bag over the slit and pull the rag out into the plastic bag. Immediately tie up the bag and dispose of outside.
Next, I take a Lysol type of spray and completely spray within the containment and let it work a while. Then I dispose of the containment.
Larger Mold Abatement
Bigger areas require you construct a large plastic containment using paint tarp type of clear plastic and duct tape. If you are in the wall, you seal all around the affected area. You install a plastic floor, ceiling and then attach around the moldy target. You leave an overlapping flap as an entrance.
Wear old disposable clothes or a bunny suit. Wear a N-95 mask, goggles without holes and place all of your rags and equipment inside the barrier. Demolish the wall and throw drywall away in a plastic bag while still in the containment. When complete tie up the plastic bag. Spray down the moldy area and wipe it up per instructions on your Moldicide.
Now you will decontaminate the inside of your containment. Spray it down completely and wipe it up. Throw everything away in a plastic bag and tie it up. Now remove your protective clothing and throw it away too. Last wipe down the garbage bags and immediately have an assistant remove the bags to outside of the house.
Carefully break down your containment and bag it too. Dispose of it outside as well.
For better mold abatement results, once the containment is built, create a negative pressure by building a plastic pipe line to a window. Most serious containment have a HEPA filter that draws its air from inside the containment and blows its exhaust outside. That will keep spores inside the containment at worst and it will evacuate them outside at best.