When you hear the term “black mold,” this refers to a type of mold called Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra. Because everyone has different tolerance levels to allergens such as mold spores, people who have asthma, respiratory allergies, or immune suppression may feel the effects of mycotoxins from black mold more so than others who don’t have these health issues. Black mold removal should be done once it is noticed at homes in Alexandria, VA.
Black mold is usually found around water–damaged areas in Alexandria, VA homes. Plumbing issues with leaky pipes or previously flooded areas are prone to black mold growth. Drywall, gypsum board, and carpet soak up water and are a perfect breeding place for a black mold colony. Before any black mold removal, remove any affected materials to prevent mold from continuing to grow.
Any black mold removal in Alexandria, VA of more than 10 square feet, roughly 3 feet by 3 feet, should be left to the professionals such as the team at Envirotex Environmental Services. Using a professional service will guarantee the safety of your family members.
If you have a small area of black mold, and you are doing the black mold removal yourself, take precautionary measures and wear non–vented goggles, rubber gloves, and an N–95 respirator. Old clothing that you either discard or wash separately should be worn for the black mold removal process.
Before the black mold removal process, fix the problem or water source causing your black mold in your Alexandria, VA home; otherwise, the black mold will continue to come back.
Containing the work area with plastic sheets will help illuminate mold spores from spreading throughout the rest of your home in Alexandria, VA. Clean with a HEPA vacuum and wipe surfaces with special mold cleaners and allow to dry. Bag up and discard any damaged materials caused by the mold. Bag and tie tightly the cleaning towels you used during the black mold removal and discard them with your regular household garbage.
If you don’t feel comfortable with black mold removal of a small area, call Envirotex and leave it to the professionals.