Black Mold Cleanup: DIY or Leave It to the Pros?

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 mold, especially black mold. it’s best to leave it to the professionals at East Coast Mold Remediation.

What Is Black Mold?

Comfortable family in homeBlack mold — or Stachybotrys chartarum — is a type of mold that 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, you may experience nausea, vomiting, and bleeding from the nose and lungs. Of all the mold types in your home, this is one you don’t want to mess with.

How East Cost Mold Handles Black Mold Safely

If you’re unsure if the mold in your home is black mold, it’s crucial to take the proper steps to find out. At East Coast Mold, we refer to a third-party hygienist to test your mold samples to verify the mold spore count and species. Once black mold has been identified, we ensure all proper safety precautions are taken during every cleanup project to prevent exposure to the mold and possible black mold poisoning. (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.

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 goes a long way toward eradicating black mold from your home. And while black mold can be handled on your own, it’s always safest to leave the job to a professional. Contact East Coast Mold today for the best in residential remediation services. Our dedicated team is committed to providing peace of mind that your home is black mold free and safe for you and your family.


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