Removing Mold from Your Home
If you find mold in your home, you may be able to clean it up yourself. The mold must be on a hard surface and be less than 10 square feet. If the area exceeds that measurement, you may need to consult a professional. The US Environmental Protection Agency may also prove helpful. Contact the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at 800-438-4318 or visit their web site.
Cleaning Hard Surfaces
If the mold is on a hard surface, a commercial cleaning product, bleach solution, or basic soap and water can be used. If you decide to use bleach, there are several precautions. Do not exceed one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Be sure not to mix the bleach with any other household cleaner, especially ammonia. Combining bleach with other chemicals may produce toxic fumes. When cleaning, open the windows and doors to allow for fresh air. Protect your hands and eyes with non-porous gloves and goggles. Lastly, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding product use.
To prevent mold from coming back, keep the humidity level in the home between 40 and 60 percent. When it is humid outside, use a dehumidifier. Make sure the home has a good ventilation system that includes exhaust fans. Add mold inhibitors to paints before applying them to walls. Rooms such as bathrooms and basements need special attention, as they are more susceptible to mold. Clean them with products that kill mold and avoiding carpeting these spaces.
If mold has grown in your home due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by dialing 1-800-242-2874 today.