When you first detect a mold issue in your home or commercial building, your first instinct may be to tackle the problem on your own. However, DIY mold removal comes with a lot of risk. For one, it can be dangerous to remove mold without proper protective gear. Secondly, if the mold is in your drywall, it’s probably not superficial. That is why it is important to call a mold removal specialist if you find mold in your walls.
Any porous surface complicates mold removal because the mold can enter the surface and remain relatively protected from all cleaning efforts. You may think a good wipe down of the wall with bleach or a hydrogen peroxide mixture will do the trick, but those cleaners won’t reach the depths of the mold growth. Basically, you’re going to have to remove the drywall.
Mold infestations are almost always caused by a water source, and if you don’t know why there is moisture in your walls, you need to find out. If you know you had a leaky faucet on an upper floor, and it has been fixed, then you can proceed to drywall removal and replacement. If you don’t know where the moisture is coming from, don’t continue until you find out. This is again where a mold removal specialist can be a great benefit because they know the typical reasons for mold problems. You might find that your problem is in your attic or crawlspace. In severe cases, you may find that your mold problem is much greater than you realize.
If you are removing mold from walls, there’s going to be some cutting, and dust is going to be a problem. That’s because that dust will contain mold spores that will spread around the room making it impossible to avoid inhaling them. For some people, this can cause serious respiratory illnesses or exacerbate previous health conditions. That is why it is essential to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when removing the mold.
When removing drywall, this means an N95 respirator, goggles, and either a disposable suit or clothes that can be discarded following mold removal. It might mean installing a fan to make sure the mold in the air is directed outside instead of throughout the house.
Mold in your walls is not likely a small problem, and it is important to remember to check for the moisture source but also to consider removing the drywall, as mold can grow throughout it.