Basement Mold and Mildew Removal
How to Get Rid of Black Mold in your Basement Safely
DIY treatment of black mold, mildew and fungus in your home
Black mold growing in your home is scary stuff. As Mother Nature's recycler, black mold and mildew can attack and destroy your walls, curtains, furniture. That's what mold does - that's what it is good at. Black mold is bad for your home, and bad for your health. Fortunately, there is a solution to basement mold that does not require the use of toxic cleansers. SNiPER Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator kills mold, mildew and the spores, but is itself, not a poison. And it takes away that horrible odor as well. This is what SNiPER is good at! With SNiPER as your black mold removal tool, you can relax and breathe easier.
Prevention will always be the best option. So begin by looking for and inspecting leaking water pipes, waste lines, icemaker lines or plumbing fixtures. Black mold can begin growing anywhere that becomes wet from these leaks. Water travels in all directions, up, down, sideways or by wicking into nearby material. Mold and mildew is sure to follow the moisture. The actual leak may not be close to where you observe the dripping pipe, etc.
Inspect vents, flashing and window wells.
If you find mold growing on an exterior wall or ceiling, as pictured above, look for the source of the moisture.
Closely inspect nearby vents, roof flashing, decks, window wells and anywhere wood is compromised. Look for ground sloping toward the house and downspouts emptying next to the wall. If the ground around the house gets too wet, condensation can result and can be as bad as leaks.
If mold forms on the ceiling under a duct or register and there's no sign of a roof leak, badly insulated ductwork may be the cause. Warm, moist air condenses and forms water on ducts carrying cold air through the attic or crawl space. The condensation is a sign that the duct is uninsulated or missing a vapor barrier. (A vapor barrier is anything that restricts the flow of air. ie. foil, sheet metal, plastic for example) Eventually the water saturates the insulation and drywall and mold spores (which are everywhere) take root. In cold weather, the reverse happens. Moisture forms anywhere warm air escapes—for instance, at unsealed joints between duct sections. Moisture will wick into the foundation or slab and become persistent dampness. Testing for moisture is .
Most mold is unmistakable, but sometimes small or largely hidden growths just make a surface look dirty.
How to Apply
Dab SNiPER™ on the wall or surface where there is a stain. If this step only lightens the stain, or comes back after cleaning, assume it is mold.
At this juncture, you may want to purchase a mold test kit. Mold test kits are available that detect the presence and identify the type of mold, but they won't help determine the cause or what to do about it.
Use SNiPER™ Disinfectant spray. It is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency to disinfect the area. You may spray, mop, sponge, or swab SNiPER™ on the surface. Even though SNiPER™ has very low toxicity, mold spores are highly toxic and you really do not want to breathe in an excessive dose! If you are cleaning a heavy growth, wear gloves and a mask. Find more information and complete application instructions for using SNiPER™ here: //www.nokout.com/Mold-and-Mildew-Problem.html.
Warm air seeks gaps in the insulation, and when it hits colder surfaces as it flows out of or into the house, water condenses—which then feeds mold. These spots often occur on outside walls near floors or windows, at corners and around outlets and lights. If the mold disappears after cleaning it and lowering indoor humidity with a dehumidifier or vent fan, just keep an eye on the site to see if it recurs. At which time, apply SNiPER™ again, as directed.
Many people find running a dehumidifier constantly will reduce moisture sufficiently to keep fungus at bay. Finding and sealing all leaks, however, is your first line of attack and defense. Spraying SNiPER™ in the room, covering furniture, walls, ceilings, windows, or any crawl spaces regularly (at least once a month) during months when humidity and water levels are high is also a positive step in stopping mold from forming. The Fogmaster Jr is an excellent tool for this purpose.
A cheaper, DIY alternative is to use a common household vaporizer; it is slower, but performs the same task and is adequate for medium size rooms. Put 8 – 12 oz SNiPER in the reservoir, place it in the center of the basement, turn it on and seal up the room. It will run until it runs out of fluid and will then shut itself down. Doing this before you go to bed is a good idea because when you wake up - it will be done! It's not going to get much easier than this.
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