The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners clean minor mold outbreaks by scrubbing with hot water and detergent. For larger problems, bleach or other biocides may be needed to complete effective mold remediation. People whose homes have been saturated in filthy water will need to enlist the help of a mold remediation expert, especially if their HVAC system has been touched by contaminated water.
Here are helpful hints for mold remediation from the EPA, Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
- Dry out the building right away by opening doors and windows. Use fans and dehumidifiers.
- Remove all porous, soaked items that have not dried within 48 hours. You may clean them or throw them out.
- Some items cannot be cleaned – like carpeting, carpet padding, wallpaper, drywall, ceiling tiles, leather and wood products.
- Cleaning items and surfaces with detergent and water can prevent mold growth.
- It’s important to keep damaged items – even if you will throw them out – for insurance claim purposes.
- Use ½ cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water to eradicate small areas of mold.
- If cleaning mold, be sure to wear an N-95 respirator, goggles and rubber gloves.
- Call a mold remediation professional for larger mold colonies.