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Cleaning Mold Yourself

Can you clean Mold yourself?


The answer of course is yes. However, what you need to know is why the mold occurred, how bad is it, what type of mold is it and will it come back.


The new Florida Law states that if the area that needs to be cleaned is less than 10 square feet you or another unlicensed contractor can clean it up. However,anything larger than that needs to be remediated by a license professional.


What you do not know is whether there is hidden mold. The only area you can see is what is on the visual surface. May times mold can be hidden behind the wall or the ceiling or even in the air. You think you know the extent of it but do not. Even professional remeditaors who have the proper equipment and trained personnel can go back more than once to fully eliminate the problem. Remember mold spores are less than 20 microns in some cases.


Can I use bleach to clean up the problem?  The EPA states: 

Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain - these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been resolved.


Remember: 

Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.

 

For more information on mold, see our website atwww.epa.gov/mold

 

 

 

Particle

postage stamp (1 inch)
beach sand
eye of a needle
pollens
saw dust
coffee
dust mites
table salt
human hair
lower limit of visibility (naked eye)
household dust
mold spores
white blood cells
talcum powder
red blood cells
bacteria
spider web
lead dust
corn starch
tobacco smoke
90% of all oil contaminants
0.001 millimeter

Particle Size (Microns)

25,400
100-2000
1230
10-1000
30-600
4-400
100-300
120
70
40
40
10-30
25
10
8
3
2-3
2
0.1-0.8
0.5
0.5-2
1


In many cases you may be just adding to the problem by releasing spores into the air thus cotaminating the rest of the space.


For more information go to the EPS's web site at http://www.epa.gov/iedmold1/cleanupguidelines.html for more inforamtion.

 

Still not sure? Call us and we will walk you through the probelm to get the beswt answer for you.

 

386-439-7432 or 904-438-3852.