What Is The Best Chemical To Kill Mold?

What is the best chemical to kill mold? Mold expert Kevin Bristol examines chemical mold removal. If you have a mold or mildew problem in your home you will want to use the best chemicals to get rid of it....

If you have a mold or mildew problem in your home you will want to use the best chemicals to get rid of it. Mold can destroy the structure of your home and affect your family's health adversely. There are different chemicals you can use depending on where the mold is growing. This article will go over chemicals you can make at home as well as ones you can purchase.

If you have household mold and would like to treat it yourself you can purchase mold and mildew removers from the store. Mixing your own treatment is easy, however. Mix 1 cup bleach with one gallon of water and scrub the entire area at least once a week. You can also use a mixture of ammonia and water. But never mix ammonia and bleach together as this will emit noxious fumes that are hazardous to breathe. Both ammonia and bleach will work fine on a non-porous surface such as glass, tile or countertops. It is ineffective on wood, drywall and other porous materials. According to Kevin Bristol, President of Advance Mold Remediation, the type of chemical you use will be, "different because different surfaces need different pH levels for killing mold that's on, say wood versus a non-porous surface".

Remember to always protect yourself when using chemicals. Open the doors and windows to allow maximum ventilation. Wear gloves and a face mask. Especially be careful if you suspect your mold is toxic, such as toxic black mold. This mold is dark black and slimy. Many molds have the potential to send spores into the air that can cause lung problems, skin rashes, fatigue, flu-like symptoms and more.
If the mold problem you have is large, toxic or in difficult to reach places of your home, you may need to call a specialist to treat the problem properly. "For the average homeowner a little bleach water is okay for removing mold from a hard surface, but if you are dealing with a foundation wall and you just use bleach, I guarantee it's going to come back 99% of the time, probably within a month or less" states Bristol. Mold remediation specialists will, "not only remove visible mold growth but also address the underlying moisture problem (such as leaks or high humidity) that led to the mold growth. In some cases, remediation might include removal of mold that is "hidden" (inside a wall cavity) as well as visible mold" according to the Texas Department of Health.

According to the Texas Department of Health, "Biocides are toxic chemicals or physical agents that can kill or inactivate one or more types of microorganisms. Examples of biocides include chlorine bleach, ozone, and ultraviolet radiation." There are many types of biocides of available. Professionals will use ones, "that cost $11 per one-gallon of concentrate which makes 64 gallons. On the other hand, I pay $225 a pail and I only get 5 gallons out of it because I use the best stuff that's out there,"
states Bristol, "I use something different depending on what I am treating. If I'm treating concrete I use peroxide based biocides. If I'm treating something on a semi-porous material, then I might go with Shockwave, which you can buy in a home improvement store." The strongest biocides are only available to professional mold remediation experts.

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