Can I Remove Mold Myself?
Depending on the situation, you can easily remove mold yourself. Before attempting such an endeavor, be sure to check the following:
1) Is the total mold area less than 10 square feet (or approximately 3 ft by 3 ft)? If so, then you have a candidate for a do it yourself job. There are other factors to consider, however;
2) Is the mold growing because of a wet area that is caused by sewage or another contaminated water source? If so, then we highly recommend you cut the do-it-yourself plans short, and look to hire a professional. If the moisture is not coming from a contaminated source, however, then check the next step;Advertisement
3) Do you have a compromised immune system or are you especially sensitive to mold exposure? If this is the case, then hiring a professional might be preferable to dealing with health issues related to the mold.
If you’ve cleared the questions above, then you my friend are ready to attack your mold problem head-on. Before you go in with bleach a-blazing, however, adopt a safety-first attitude by checking our page on preparing to remove mold yourself.
Special Note: If your mold problem is located in your air conditioning (HVAC) system, do not turn on your a/c. Doing so may cause mold spores to spread throughout the house through the air ducts. Mold in your HVAC system is a special case that is different from other situations. Check out our Mold in HVAC page for special instructions.