Black Mould RemovalIf you have black mold in your house then it would be in your best interest to call one of many mold inspection companies and get mold testing done, before you try Black Mould Removal.
I say that because black mold can be very toxic and if you don't take it serious you can cause yourself an family serious health problems.
Mold can cause sinus and digestion tract infections or lung and skin infections. So again take it very serious before you try black mould removal yourself.
You also need to be aware that black mold can grow and spread very easily. In this picture on the upper left the table had black mold growth from a near by water valve.
Black Mould Removal Tips Where to find the Cause or Black Mold
If you have already had your mold testing done and if you decide to try and tackle this job yourself then I hope these tips can help.
First you need to find the cause, the reason why you are having mold growth. I will give you a few example where I have found water damage mold that might allude you.
- Lets start in the Attic - If you have your central air system in the attic and if your condensation line plugs up. The water has no place to go but inside the house either through the duct work or it can leak out of the system and onto your ceiling. This will soak the insulation and cause the mold to grow there and you might even see it grow through the drywall on the ceiling itself. The water can even flow down the walls and then you might see water damage mold on your walls. Now i already mentioned that the water can get into the duct work of the ventilation system. But what i haven't said is that this is a very common place to find black mold. If you have this problem than the problem might be bigger than you can handle. I only say that because every time the air conditioner turns on it will blow mold spores through out the house. You might even have attic black mold because your insulation was installed wrong. Attics are maid to breath and if the insulation is covering the attic vents then the attic will become very humid and that will cause mold growth. Now the last area i will cover in the attic is bathroom vents. I have seen homes where a contractor that built the house or a DIY person like your self might have forgot to vent the vent pipe out of the house, instead its laying in the attic and every time someone takes a shower and the exhaust vent gets turned on then all that water vapor gets pumped into the attic and causes mold growth. To inspect the attic properly you need to call one of many professional mold inspection companies.
- Now lets look for basement Mold - If you have a basement and its not leaking but you still have a mold problem here are a few places you might want to look. First like in the attic if you have your central air system installed check just like all of the above. Next look up at the water pipes, if you live in a humid area then the cold water pipe can sweat and be the cause of the water damage mold. This can be a simple fix by just insulating the pipes. If you have a bathroom and a shower in the basement you might not even have the shower vented and all that humidity will collect as condensation on the floor joists and black mold can grow there as well.
Black Mould Removal - What not to do
If you have black mold on drywall, do not pain over it and think the problem is solved. You can not do black mould removal that way. Here is why, drywall is like a sponge when it gets wet and the insulation behind the drywall will most likely also be wet and have black mold. I have a picture of this below. You will most likely need to remove the drywall and the insulation and dry it out and then fix the cause and then repair it.
Do not leave your central air system on while your doing black mold removal clean up. Because you do not want it turning on as you disturb the mold and have it blown throughout the house.
Do not do black mould removal without using protective clothing and that includes a respirator.
Mold removal cost, so if you call a contractor be sure to ask if they offer free estimates. If they do try and get several quotes so you can get the best price and don't forget to check references or the Better Business Bureau.
Black Mold behind the drywall