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Discarding Moldy Stuff

Discarding Moldy Stuff

Do you know what the EPA says about discarding moldy materials?

It’s not as easy as just tossing them into the trash can, which is what some homeowners might be tempted to do when they try out some “do-it-yourself” mold work.

Building materials and furnishings that are contaminated with mold growth and are not salvageable should be double-bagged using 6-mil polyethylene sheeting, the EPA states. These materials can then usually be discarded as ordinary construction waste.

It is important to package mold-contaminated materials in sealed bags before removal from the containment area to minimize the dispersion of mold spores throughout the building.

Large items that have heavy mold growth should be covered with polyethylene sheeting and sealed with duct tape before they are removed from the containment area.

And remember, bleach does NOT kill mold, it can actually make the problem worse.

Florida law states that any area of mold larger than 10 sf must be remediated by a State licensed mold remediator. Fines start at $35,00 for violating this law.

Doesn’t sound like fun, right? As a homeowner, you can get confused following all these mold removal rules and regulations, and these here are just the tip of the iceberg.

Do yourself a favor. When you see some mold, keep yourself and your family safe: Call a mold pro like Accent American. He knows all the rules. — Source: EPA

About the Author

accent_adminKen Jordan is an IICRC Certified Master Cleaner and Master Restorer since 1994. He is professionally certified in carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration and mold remediation.View all posts by accent_admin →

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