Proper Clothing and Gear: Mold spores can cause respiratory issues and skin irritation. It’s essential to wear protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and a mask when working with mold. Choose a mask with a high-efficiency particulate air filter to filter out mold spores.
Block Off Location: Before starting mold removal, it’s important to contain the affected area. This is to prevent family members, workers, or peers to be exposed to the chemicals. Use plastic sheets to seal off the area and use a fan to create negative pressure to direct air outside.
Remove Moldy Materials: Remove any moldy materials, such as insulation or plywood, that are beyond cleaning. Seal them in plastic bags before disposing of them to prevent further contamination. Look up local mold disposal regulations to ensure you are doing it well.
Do a Good Job Cleaning: Use a HEPA vacuum and damp cloths to clean all surfaces in the affected area. Avoid dry brushing or sweeping, as it can release mold spores into the air. Clean and dry the area completely to discourage further mold growth.
Prevent Any Moisture: Identify and address the underlying moisture issue that caused the mold growth in the first place. Repair leaks, improve ventilation, and reduce humidity levels to prevent mold from returning. If unaware how to do home repairs, click here for pointers.
Ventilation: During and after the mold removal process, ensure proper ventilation in the attic. Do not let the chemicals spread throughout the property. Use fans and open windows to allow fresh air to circulate and aid in drying.
Keep an Eye Out: Regularly inspect your attic for any signs of mold growth after the removal process. If mold it may mean underlying moisture issues that need to be addressed.
Consider Consulting with Professionals: If you are unsure about the extent of the mold growth or the proper removal techniques, it’s best to consult with a professional mold remediation company. They have the expertise and equipment to ensure thorough and effective mold removal. Or visit the Government of Canada Mold Guidelines Website.