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Oh no, have you spotted mold on the wood in your home’s attic, basement, or crawl space?
Researching what to do about it?
Icky mold as a topic is probably pretty new to you, right?
Before jumping into this article about basic wood mold removal, we want to be sure you know the three primary steps to take If You Find Mold In Your Home.
That said, today, we’re looking at modern Soda Blasting and conventional sanding.
Let’s jump right in.
Below we’ve embedded a quick 1-minute video of one of our crew members all dressed up in protective gear, soda blasting some beams. This gives you a complete visual of how the process works.
It’s definitely not rocket science, but it IS MOLD SCIENCE in action.
The ‘Soda’ being used is like regular everyday baking soda, but not quite. Instead, it’s called Blasting soda (sodium bicarbonate) because under the microscope the tiny crystals are specially-manufactured to have a knife-like shape.
This is so when the soda hits the mold with all that air-compressed force; it’s literally BLASTED off the wood in a way that doesn’t harm it.
In fact, soda blasting is gentle enough for plastics, chrome, wiring & ductwork, and glass.
The conventional method of sanding wood can be EXTREMELY fatiguing in an attic when you’re doing it by hand with say, a wire brush or extended scrubber. You’ve got to invest in serious elbow grease (not to mention the chemicals) thoroughly addressing each joist, stud, or beam!
The same thing goes for cramped crawl spaces and extensive basement infestations.
Meanwhile, as you saw in the video above, sandblasting is a breeze. If you’re slightly ADD and really into the work like we Mold Nerds are…it’s fun!
Almost a form of mold removal art…
People who enjoy pressure washing and cleaning concrete experience this odd joy.
To this day, with all the blatant health and financial risks involved in trying to handle a mold problem yourself… if you search online there are guides telling people to DIY ‘small’ mold problems.
What does this entail?
And this is despite the fact that DIY’ing mold removal doesn’t work:
All this money you need to spend just to see the mold return and potentially be far worse. It won’t work!
What’s more likely to happen (way more), if you’ll join the neverending list of homeowners who went to battle with mold and LOST. The so-called DIY method to mold removal might sound cheap, but it isn’t.
Pretty much no matter where you live in the county, if you go out and get five different estimates for mold removal you’ll get a widespread in return. Here in our neck of the woods, the spread might look something like this:
As we like to tell our customers when they ask us why the range is so wide for proper Mold Remediation using soda blasting,
“Because the industry is like the Wild West. It’s unregulated. It’s unpredictable. It’s made up of all sorts of crazy characters. As a result, prices—and the quality of remediation—are all over the map.”
There’s no question soda blasting is a far superior method to dealing with mold on the structural wooded areas of your home. But whether it’s your attic, crawl space, basement, spare room, or kitchen, mold needs to be dealt with properly.
If you’re in our area of the country, don’t hesitate to contact Valor Mold and you’ll be in good (albeit nerdy) hands. We’re here to help with 99% accurate mold testing, remediation, and more. Thanks for your time today.
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