Let’s say you are taking advantage of some time off in the summer to get to some household projects that have been sitting on your to-do list for far too long. This could include finally getting around to those boxes in the basement that have been there since you moved in… five years ago.
But look! Behind those boxes, a little colony of mould has been happily growing for months, or even years. What do you do now? First, throw out whatever is in those boxes. Not because of the mould, but because if you haven’t used it in that long, you really don’t need it.
Next, learn everything you can about the mould in your home, including whether or not you should attempt to remove it yourself.
Mould Can be a Health Hazard
There are more than 270 different types of mould commonly found in Toronto. The majority of species are innocuous, but in some cases mould is a dangerous mycotoxin. Without mould testing to find out what kind of mould you are dealing with, it’s impossible to know whether the mould in your home is the harmless kind, or the scary kind.
Maybe you want to get rid of mould because it’s ugly. Or maybe it’s because you’re hoping to avoid the complications – like sinusitis and persistent coughing – that come with mould. Whatever your reason for mould removal, always remember that it can be dangerous and you need to take some safety precautions.
When we perform professional mould removal services in Toronto, we show up in coveralls and wearing masks, and we sometimes use separate ventilation. People may think it’s overkill, but that’s only because they don’t know mould like we do!
If you are attempting to remove a small area of mould on your own, you might not have a full HAZMAT suit at your disposal. At a minimum, you should wear latex gloves, goggles, and a disposable mask. All of these items are relatively inexpensive and readily available at your local hardware store.
Please note we said attempting to remove a SMALL area of mould from your home on your own. Attempting to remove a large patch of mould is probably futile, and you are much more likely to cause hazardous conditions in the home by making mould spores airborne.
A small patch of mould may be something you can take care of yourself, but what exactly is a small area of mould? According to Health Canada guidelines, any area of mould greater than one square metre is one that requires professional help to address.
If you have discovered a large area of mould, or mould contamination is a recurrent problem in one or more areas of your home, it’s time to call in the pros. Hiring a professional mould remediation service to perform your mould removal project is a wise decision. We can make sure the problem is taken care of safely and effectively.