Can you control the spread of black mold by just using household products?

April 3rd, 2010 by admin

I think I may have  BLACK MOLD  starting to grow from the inside of the wall behind my shower (where the pipes and plumming are). I know there are problems back there because there is  rust coming through the grout that I have to bleach w/CLR, but now between the tile and the basin, the caulk has fallen off (its a 50+ year old town home, cheaply built). The caulk was a black/gray color when we moved in, I sprayed it with a tub cleaner and scrubbed in that area, only to have the caulk fall off, and a black colored mold exposed behind it. The mold is now starting to grow on the grout, and I cant kill it with any of my tub cleaners. I have to scrub out my tub frequently or it will adhere to any soap scum and make my shower look really nasty in a VERY short period of time (twice a week). Are BLACK MOLD  spores air borne? Does this sound like BLACK MOLD? Could this be what is making me sick? It’s only in this one bathroom, but the presence of the rust tells me there are leaks back there.

Please be careful cleaning up BLACK MOLD and use some breathing protection. Here is some info I found: LIMIT HEALTH RISK FROM TOXIC MOLD Exposure to mold spores can occur during clean-up procedures. Accordingly, those who might experience adverse health effects from exposure to mold should not involve themselves in the cleanup process. 1. Wear a medium-efficiency or high-efficiency filter dust mask or a respirator designed for particle removal to protect against the inhalation of mold spores. 2. Wear protective clothing that covers all areas of the body including hands and eyes. Protective clothing should not be worn outside the work area. 3. Only persons involved in the cleanup process should be allowed in the cleanup area. 4. Work in short intervals – rest in a fresh air location. CONTAINMENT Toxic mold spores can become airborne during the cleaning. Before cleanup begins, the affected area should be contained and HVAC systems should be shut down to prevent the spores from spreading. Each area affected by mold should be separately contained. Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal doorways, vents, and other openings. Where possible, place an exhaust fan in a window that is open to the outdoors to direct air flow and mold spores outside. To limit health risks and reduce the spread of mold spores ensure dust levels are kept to a minimum. Air purifiers and /or Ionizers can be used to minimize airborne particulate. REMOVING TOXIC BLACK MOLD 1. Lightly moisten the affected area before cleaning commences. 2. Thoroughly clean in and around the affected area with soap and water to remove as much of the mold and mold infected material as possible. 3. Carefully place the mold and mold infested materials into heavy duty plastic bags and landfill or incinerate. 4. Apply disinfectant (e.g. bleach) in and around the affected area to kill residual mold spores. 5. Ensure that the affected area is completely dry and free of mold and musty odors. Aerate the area after cleaning is complete


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