How to Eliminate Black Mold in Your House
As our foundations get older and struggle through year after year of freeze-thaw-rain-repeat, you may have started to notice little patches of black mold grow in the damper areas of your basement or crawl space.
Black mold can grow in as little as 24 hours, and only really needs 60% relative humidity to establish a colony. Toxic black mold can have severe long term health consequences, so you’re going to want to deal with any infestation you notice as soon as possible.
Since taking a flamethrower to your basement walls isn’t necessarily the smartest or safest idea, no matter how tempting, we’re happy to present you with a safe alternative:
Guidelines to Spot-Treating Basement Mold
Gather your supplies.
You’re going to want to grab dust (or ventilation) masks, a bucket, 1 bottle hydrogen peroxide, a spray bottle, and a firm sponge or scrub brush.
Mix your solution.
Gently mix a 5%-10% hydrogen peroxide to water solution within the spray bottle. Secure the nozzle firmly.
Spray solution on affected areas.
With dust mask on at all times, spray solution generously on affected areas. Let solution sit for 10-15 minutes.
With your firm sponge or scrub brush, scrub the sprayed areas vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Wipe the excess with a clean paper towel.
Repeat as necessary.
We recommend you repeat this process at least once more within 2 weeks, however you may find more applications are necessary.
Remember, if the problem persists you may need to start looking at diagnosing and resolving the source of the moisture. This will be where your local basement waterproofing company can assist, providing a FREE Inspection and estimate.
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