If you are in the process of laying new tile, you may be surprised at what you will find when you start ripping out your old floor. If you have found mold when you removed your floor, this is likely due to a water leak in the past. Even if you cleaned up the water on top of your floor, some of the water likely leaked beneath the flooring without you knowing about it. No matter how, you need to take steps to get rid of this mold. How you do this depends on how much you found. Keep reading so you can keep yourself and your family healthy.
Types of Mold
Many molds look the same but there are different types. Two types that are found on wood include:
Stachybotrys is also known as black mold. This type of mold is found on things like cardboard, paper, hay, wicker, and wood. It requires very wet conditions and it takes days or weeks to grow. If you have this mold in your home it can make you sick. Some symptoms you may experience are nose bleeds, fatigue, headache, fever and cough.
Aspergillus mold is the most common mold you will find in homes and can be find most anywhere there is water. It can cause respiratory disorders, infections of the eye, and infections of the ear. Aflatoxin, a variety of aspergillus mold, is much more serious as it can cause cancer.
If you only have a small amount of mold on the sub floor, you can remove it yourself. First, put on face protection, such as a mask that you can purchase at a home improvement center.
Purchase some bleach, as it will kill the mold spores. Mix up 50/50 mixture of bleach and water and put it into a spray bottle. Thoroughly spray the mold with the solution and let it completely dry.
Visit a home improvement store and purchase a product that will prevent mold from coming back. Spray this product on the mold area. Let it completely dry before you lay your new flooring.
If there is a lot of mold on your sub floor, you need to call a mold remediation company to remove it for you. These individuals are professional and licensed in mold removal techniques. Industrial equipment and professional strength cleaning supplies are used to kill and remove the mold.
While the mold remediation company is at your home, they can test the air for mold spores. They will inspect the rest of your home for signs of mold. If the technician thinks they have found a dangerous type of mold, they will send a sample of it to a lab for testing.
Now that the mold is gone from your home, you can lay your new flooring without having to worry about health problems for you and your family.Share
16 November 2016
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