Mold, alive or dead, is bad for a household. It thrives in the places you are not likely to see it, growing in dark, wet places behind and in between things. Getting rid of mold is not hard, so long as you take the time to fix the underlying problems of lack of ventilation and light, and an abundance of moisture. However, proper precautions are an absolute necessity. Black mold could be a number of things, some of them with some pretty stiff consequences for those who take it on unprepared.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- Trash bag(s)
- High-power vacuum
Suit up. You should wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves and a good dust respirator. You want to minimize exposure to the mold itself. If possible, also cover your hair and tape your gloves to your sleeves.
Remove anything in the crawlspace that can be moved. If you find mold on any porous materials, throw those out. Otherwise, you can attempt to clean objects with your bleach disinfectant.
Vacuum the mold out with a high-powered shop vacuum. You do not want to drive this stuff up into the air because this will only cause it to spread unnecessarily.
Disinfect the affected areas with a bleach. A half cup of bleach to a gallon of water is a good solution. Allow the areas to remain wet for up to fifteen minutes before rinsing.
Dry the area quickly.
Perform a full inspection of the area, paying special attention to the ventilation available and whether or not there are any leaks or standing water. Fixing these problems makes it harder for the mold to return.