If there is a mould outbreak in your home, you might be wondering if you need a professional mould removal service. Mould can be a distressing reality once it's discovered and most want to make sure it's gone for good.
Thankfully, you can tackle a very mild mould outbreak using remedies from home or the DIY store. Keeping an eye on vulnerable areas and cleaning with these remedies will help you keep on top of it. On the other hand, some mould outbreaks are just too drastic for you to handle alone. This is especially true for properties suffering water damage after a flood. Buildings with fundamental humidity issues also might face mammoth problems with mould growth.
Why Is Removing Mould Important?
There are a few key reasons that you should remove mould as soon as possible after finding it.
Although it may be obvious; the bigger the outbreak, the bigger the risk and the more likely you'll need professional mould removal services.
For small outbreaks, you may be able to remove the mould yourself - with a bit of elbow grease, of course! Once it's found, removing the mould is actually the easy part. The hard part can be figuring out why the mould broke out in the first place. For more information, check out our article on removing mould permanently.
Home remedies for mould vary in strength, but small outbreaks don't need big solutions. For minor outbreaks, common products from under the household sink usually suffice.
Remember that removing mould can be damaging to your health. The mould will inevitably release spores when agitated. These can make their way into your lungs or settle somewhere else in the house to grow again. Always wear protective equipment like goggles, a mask and gloves. Keep the doors of the mould-infested room closed until you're sure it's completely gone.
Common household acids like vinegar and baking soda can be powerful anti-fungal removers. Mould won't be able to adapt to a quick, sharp blast of acids, allowing you to clean it quickly and efficiently.
If you're using baking soda, make sure to mix it with water - you only need a pinch of it. Spray the soda mixture or the vinegar onto the mould by using a spray bottle. Then, wipe the mould away with warm, soapy water. Continue treating the area if need be and make sure to dry it thoroughly once finished.
Bleach can be quite dangerous and needs to be handled with care. Despite this, it's more effective at removing mould compared to household acids. Bleach contains chloride which attacks the organic proteins in the mould. Essentially, it breaks mould down, allowing you to wipe away with ease.
Bleach releases dangerous, toxic fumes, so our advice on protective gear still stands. In addition, it's not very effective on porous surfaces like wood or drywall. For these kinds of materials, you might want to turn to a specialist mould removal product.
Found in most DIY shops, many brands produce specialist products for mould removal. Since they're designed for this, they're great for dealing with aggressive, wide-spread mould.
Different products also have different potency levels, so this is an adaptable option. If you're just looking for a mild mould or mildew spray, household brand names will have you covered. More powerful mould removers will also be more dangerous to handle. Be careful and always read the label for safe mould removal. If you are worried, call in the professionals!
At a certain point, you will no longer be able to deal with a mould outbreak on your own. This can be due to a few reasons, but extreme situations usually breed extreme mould. For example, after heavy flooding, your home will be vulnerable to mould outbreaks. The excess water which has entered the home needs to be removed!
CPL t/a Rainbow International offer extensive mould and damp removal services and has a track record of repairing flood damage. Our team understand the holistic problems associated with mould. Removing an outbreak simply won't cut it in the long term.
We begin by finding the root cause of the mould, through techniques such as leak detection. Our first priority is to repair this damage, to prevent the conditions for mould or damp.
Secondly, we take a thorough survey for visible mould across the entire property. This includes looking through hidden areas like wall cavities. We then plan an extensive cleaning regime based on all contextual information.
Using full PPE equipment and High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) scrubbers, we begin the mould removal process. This includes sealing porous materials and eliminating airborne mould particles.
Once we have met the COSHH standard for clean air, we professionally and thoroughly clean the affected areas of the property for redecoration. We can even help during this process and offer associated services for restoring your building to its former glory.
To find out more about our mould removal services, you can get in touch on 0800 030 4360 for 24/7 advice. Alternatively, send us an e-mail with your enquiry, or visit our contact page here.