DIY Danger: Black Mold Cleanup

October 1, 2021by EastCoastMold

If you’re the Do-It-Yourself type, you might feel like there’s no home improvement challenge you’re unable to meet. But if that challenge is black mold, it’s best to leave it to the professionals at East Coast Mold Remediation. Black mold poses serious health hazards, and if not approached safely, it can put you in danger.

What Is Black Mold?

Black Mold Clean-UpBlack mold — or Stachybotrys chartarum — is toxic to humans and grows easily on common household materials like drywall, insulation, subflooring, or carpet that have been exposed to moisture. (See the HGTV article Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects.) When the spores of this fungus go airborne, often carried by your ventilation system, they can be inhaled or ingested and lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Chronic coughing and sneezing
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes
  • Persistent headaches

In more severe cases of black mold poisoning, people can experience nausea, vomiting, and bleeding from the nose and lungs.

How East Cost Mold Handles Black Mold Safely

Black mold poisoning can be very dangerous, so it’s imperative that proper precautions are taken during any and all clean-up projects. (See Home Depot’s article How to Get Rid of Black Mold.) The process can be difficult and requires patience, but it’s well worth it to contact East Coast Mold for our professional remediation services.

Our first step is to deal with any endemic moisture issues. If we don’t, the mold is likely to grow right back. Next, it’s best to turn off the ventilation system and seal off the affected area with plastic to prevent spores from spreading to other rooms. After that, our team suits up with respirators and rubber gloves to avoid inhaling the mold or touching it with bare skin. Long sleeves cover the other extremities of the body.

To clean the mold, we start by wiping it away with a soapy sponge. Dry surfaces can be lightly sprayed to prevent spores from going airborne. With the top layer removed, we then move on to the application of commercial black mold removal products — assuming that the job calls for such measures.

When finished, we dispose of all cleaning materials in a heavy garbage bag and put the bag out through the nearest window or exit. After cleaning the room thoroughly before unsealing, we run an exhaust fan to the outdoors (if possible) for at least a few hours.

East Coast Mold Remediation

Mold remediation service will go a long way toward eradicating black mold from your home. And while black mold can be handled on your own, it is still a dangerous project. Contact East Coast Mold to get the best in residential remediation services today.


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