What to Do About Black Mold?

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Black mold may be deadly to an individual's health. The Center of Disease Control states that this type of mold is not very common, but is particularly dangerous for people with asthma, bronchial problems or small children.

Moisture

  • Resolve moisture problems from flooding or leaking. Pump out any standing water, drying the area with fans or dehumidifiers. If an area is dried in time, mold will not have time to grow.

Dust

  • Minimize spreading of the spores. Seal off the affected area and direct a fan to an outside window if possible, sending airborne spores outside rather than into other areas in the house.

Cleaning

  • If the moldy area is dry, lightly mist it with water, making it less likely to become airborne. Clean with soap and then a disinfectant. Dry completely, as mold spores can lay dormant for years and grow in moist areas.

Removal

  • If there are any mold-infested materials, place them in garbage bags and dispose of them. Try to set them directly outside through a window if possible, and then take them to a landfill.

Verification

  • If cleaned correctly, any residual odor or visual sign of mold should be gone; people who suffered from breathing problems from the mold should see major improvement in their condition.

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