If you have mold in your crawl space you don’t have to feel like you are a bad homeowner. In fact, most people have mold in their crawl space and don’t even know it. So if you have taken the initiative to look then in reality you are probably one step ahead of everyone else. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the fact that there is mold in your crawl space that you want to get rid of. Luckily, getting rid of that mold is not that difficult. Here is a list of tools and materials you will need to get started:
- Scrapers (metal usually works the best)
- Plastic sheets
- Surface Blaster (when there is mold everywhere)
- Protective clothing (you don’t want the mold to touch your skin or to breath it)
- Mold cleaning chemicals
Step 1. This is the prep step. In this step you will need to get your protective clothing on. Make sure your body is fully covered as well as your boots and your head. It’s a good idea to wear a surgical mask as well, but make sure you can still breath comfortably. Set up flood lights so you can see in your crawlspace without the need of a flash light you will want your hands to be free. You will also want to set up fans in the vents or in and around the crawlspace so the air flow keeps from becoming stagnate. After suiting up and setting up fans and light crawl into your space and see how much mold there is. This will give you an idea of how much plastic you will need. And also whether you will need a surface blaster or just scrappers.
Setp 2. Lay down plastic sheets down on the ground anywhere there is mold on the ceiling or walls this will catch the mold when you scrap it off and allow you to disposes of it easily, quickly and safely. ‘
Step 3. Depending on whether you have a small outbreak or a large outbreak determines what you do next. If it is a small outbreak spray the affected areas with your mold cleaning chemicals wait for the appropriate amount of time indicated on your bottle and then use your scrapper to scrap off the mold. If you have a large outbreak you will need a surface blaster. A surface blaster will remove the mold by blasting it with high pressure particles. Either way after you have removed the mold collect your plastic sheets and dispose of them together with the removed mold.
After you go through all the trouble of removing the mold you will want to make sure it doesn’t come back. The best way to do this is to install a few dehumidifiers in the crawlspace to remove the moisture from the air. Then make sure you check back every once in a while to make sure the mold isn’t returning. At the end of this you should do a quick mold inspection as well just be sure that you have gotten rid of all the molds. You should get rid of these harmful mold as you soon as detect their presence.