Protecting Your Health During a Black Mold Cleanup
Black mold or "stachybotrys" can be damaging to your health. This is never more so that during a mold cleanup program. It is important to eradicate both the source of mold and the mold itself from your home. However, you should always make sure that you follow the appropriate safety procedures to make sure that you are not exposed to high levels of Mold Spores during the removal process.
When black mold is removed from contaminated areas in your home high levels of mold spores are released into the air. This can be especially dangerous for people who have Mold Allergies, babies, children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immunity or respiratory diseases. These individuals should never attempt mold clean ups.
If the black mold problem is severe or widespread it is strongly recommended that you enlist the help of a professional mold cleaning company. If the areas that need cleaning are small you can attempt it alone. No matter how healthy you are you should follow these safety procedures during Black Mold Removal:
1) Wear a respirator during a black mold cleanup. Using a medium or high efficiency filter dust mask or respirator will help you to avoid inhaling dangerous levels of mold spores. Try the N95 or TC-21C models for adequate protection. You should be able to find one at your local hardware store.
2) Wear protective clothing. During black mold removal you should protect your skin from spores. Wear clothing that can be taken off easily and cleaned. Where possible wear clothing that you can dispose of afterward such as a Tyvek suit. Always wear rubber gloves and eye goggles.
3) Ask the occupants of the home to leave until the black mold cleanup is complete. Anybody who is not helping with the mold removal should vacate the home. This is particularly true for those who fall into the high risk categories listed above.
4) Do your black mold cleanup in intervals. This means taking breaks in the fresh air between clean ups.
5) Make sure that all the black mold contaminated material is sealed into plastic bags before taking them out of the house. Never carry the bags through the house. Take them out via a window instead.
6) Seal off the room where the black mold material is being removed. Use sheets of plastic to seal off the ducts in the area so that mold spores can't make their way into the rest of the home.
7) Once the black mold cleanup is completed take off your protective clothing, wash it, or throw it out.
8) Ensure that the room is adequately ventilated after black mold removal. Use fans and dehumidifiers where possible or necessary.
9) Invest in an air purifier after the black mold cleanup. This will leave fewer spores in the air. In this way there will be less likelihood of inhaling them or transporting them into the rest of the house. Use an air ionizer rather than a filter as ionizers can get rid of tiny particles which don't necessarily have to pass into the device to be removed from the air.