Mold Cleanup In 10 Steps If You Do It Yourselfby Alana Morein
If you’re a small business owner running your company out of your home, you may be wondering if you’re required to hire a professional when it comes to mold cleanup. If you allow your customers into your home, then yes you should hire someone to help remove the problem. Otherwise, you could be in for some nasty fines or a hefty lawsuit. If your mold situation is bigger than 10 square feet, you should also hire a professional.
However, if the mold that has invaded your home are less than 10 square feet, you may be able to do the work yourself. But, unlike common mold removal, there are a few extra steps involved in order to successfully remove the mold. Here’s how:
Step 1: Asses any damages that may have caused the fungus growth and repair them.
Step 2: Remove any objects near or around the growth area and cover the rest of the room with sheets of plastic to prevent fungal spores from spreading.
Step 3: Remove any moldy materials that cannot be saved such as drywall mold, then seal it in a plastic bag and remove it from your home.
Step 4: Remove and discard any business related items that have been contaminated with mold. If any items were near the moldy growth, but show no sign of it, set the items aside and keep a close eye out for mold. Do not ship any of the items to your customers until you’re absolutely certain that they are safe to send. Otherwise, you could find yourself in hot water with your customer if they discover a mold problem with their product and decide to take action.
Step 5: Use a stiff brush to loosen and remove as much of the mold growth as possible.
Step 6: Use a mold spray to clean the affected area taking care to follow the manufacturer’s directions listed on the bottle.
Step 7: Rinse the affected area if necessary and repeat if stains are stubborn.
Step 8: Repair any areas affected by mold in necessary and dry out the area using several fans and/or a dehumidifier.
Step 9: Next, seal and discard any items used in the cleaning process such as brushes, rags and gloves in a plastic garbage bag to prevent further contamination from mold that may become airborne.
Step 10: Contact your business’s insurance company to file a claim for any losses that may have occurred due to the mold. However, depending on your insurance company’s procedures you may need to contact them before any mold remediation is done on your home business. You may also want to ask your insurance agent whether or not they will cover the work that is needed in order to remove the mold from your home.
And finally, please keep in mind that the above steps are only a guideline since every mold cleanup situation may be different and there may be additional requirements depending on where you live, if you are dealing with black mold or not, and the coverage you have for your business.