DIY Steps to Clean Mold Off a Leaky Window
February 22, 2019 Comments Off on DIY Steps to Clean Mold Off a Leaky Window DIY Tips, Mold Removal, Siding and Windows Ben Fetzer

If your leaky window sill is covered by drapes or furniture, you may not notice mold until it is a significant problem. You should identify the type of mold before you consider DIY removal, but if you insist on removing it yourself, there are a few precautions you can take to make sure you are not harmed in the process.

6 Steps to Resolve Leaky Window Mold

1. Wear protective clothing

The first step before handling mold is to make sure you are wearing protective clothing. This includes gloves and N-95 or P-100 respirators to prevent inhaling the mold spores. Also, wear old clothing. It should be washed thoroughly or thrown away after mold removal. Goggles will prevent any mold spores or chemicals from entering the eyes.

2. Vent the room

Point a box fan out the window to get airflow moving in a direction outside of the home. Any errant spores will be properly removed this way instead of spreading throughout the home.

3. Moisten spores

When you are removing carpet or other items around the window sill where mold may have spread, wet it down with any type of sprayer first. This will weigh down the spores, so they don’t travel through the air.

4. Check the wood around the sill

Scrape the wood around the window sill in order to ensure that the mold has not penetrated. If it has gotten into the walls, insulation will need to be removed. In order to remedy the mold issue, all the mold must be removed.

5. Seal walls following cleaning

Once you are certain that all the mold has been removed with mold cleaner, seal the walls to make sure there is no remaining moisture. This can be painted on.

6. Don’t contaminate with a vacuum

You will likely need to use a shop vac for mold removal, but the main unit cannot be kept indoors because spores will travel through the air. Place the vacuum outside the window and bring the hose in for use. Following the clean-up, throw away the filter and clean the unit well.

Tips for When to Hire a Mold Pro for Your Leaky Window Mold

There are many steps to mold removal when it enters the home. A moldy window sill may seem like a simple cleaning project, but it can be dangerous if not done properly. Especially if the molded area is larger than 10 square feet or if the toxic black mold is present. You must use proper equipment and be ready to throw away any contaminated items. Calling a specialist will ensure that mold removal is done properly, efficiently, and safely. The inconvenience and dangerous nature of mold removal greatly outweigh the cost of professional mold removal.

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Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!