When a mold inspector is performing mold testing, any amount of Stachybotrys or toxic black mold is considered an automatic failed test. The reason for this is that there should never be any amount of these toxic species of mold in an indoor environment. Its presence alone is almost always an indicator of current or past water intrusion and mold growth on drywall somewhere.
While this species of mold is different in the fact that its mold spores release mycotoxins into the air, the process for Toxic Black Mold Removal is no different than any other professional mold remediation. The key word here is “professional”. When black mold is present the removal should not be attempted by anyone, even a contractor unless the have training specific to mold remediation. If you are considering taking on this job yourself, please take a look at all of the following steps needed to complete the job correctly and safely first.
- Create Temporary Containment
- Wear Mold Respirator and Full Tyvek Body Suit
- HEPA Vacuum
- Remove Contaminated Building Materials
- Apply Anti-Microbial Cleaning Chemicals
- Run Air Scrubbers for 72 Hours
- Thorough Cleaning of HVAC System
- Clearance Test to Ensure Job Completed Properly
Risk vs. Reward
We understand that nobody likes to pay for expensive services and mold remediation definitely falls under that category. At the same time we hope that the above list gives you a better idea about what is involved in the process of black mold removal and you see why the price tag on the service is as high as it is. If you truly want to get rid of black mold, hiring a professional is the only option to avoid hazardous living conditions.