Mold help, please!!

Hi all, I am a long time lurker, but never felt the need to post until now. I have just become aware of many small mold infestations in my home. I am freaking out, and not even sure where to start. So far I have found mold in the air con unit, the seal of the fridge, a wooden table, and the list goes on. I am currently trying to figure out the best professional mold service to call in my area, and I guess my main question is - how do I know who the best ones are? Are there any ways to tell, or things I should be looking for in mold specialists?

I am absolutely horrified right now, so just trying to stay calm and deal with this. I have been steadily feeling worse and worse in a number of different ways, and now I think I know why. I have just been out to buy some cleaning products - concrobium mold cleaner, and borax. I would really appreciate any advice on cleaning my carpets, as well. I found a bag in a cupboard which had quite a bit of mold on it. Is it better for me to just call in the professionals, or should I start attacking this myself? Also since the air conditioner is moldy I assume everything in my house is contaminated. Is there any way around throwing everything away?

Thank you in advance, and I'm sorry for the rant post. I'm feeling really worried and have been very depressed lately. Finding all this mold is not helping the way I feel, and I would like to get on top of this ASAP.

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  • I've had this issue and ignored it to long. My eyes would glaze, sneezing and worst a sinus bleed occurred dripping out the nostril & down to throat as well...serious. Tried everything to get it to stop, for hours. Took the bucket with and drove to the hospital. The half hour ride was bloody for 25 minutes, then it stopped...because I was out of that environment. The MD at hospital said it was ahead cold and offered antibiotics....I told that young Doogie Howzer Doc to pound sand, antibiotics do not impact molds, I refused to pay. They still send bills.

    I slept a week at a friends place until I felt strong again.

    I got a referral for a "pro"....he did not know his ass from a hole in the ground, as he planned to use chlorox mainly.. I continued to sleep at friends during my process and showered each time I left my place.

    I bought a respirator, gloves & goggle at home depot. I re-entered my place and bagged & tossed bed cover sheets pillow cases any towel or fabric that was close to the sources. I then applied the below in the following order.

    Many say use Chlorox, and it will make dark mold light, ONLY! After Katrina the"pros" learned it does not kill the roots, mold returns.
    Chlorox Outdoors does kill it. So does alcohol. I bought two small garden sprayers and filled them. Hard surfaces got dosed liberally with both, allowing time for each coat to dry. Some walls got alcohol only, two coats; same with carpet...allowing a day to dry before coat 2.

    Ozone kills mold, I bought an ozone generator (could have rented one). Day three I turned it on in one room for 12 hours; that night in another room, next day 12 hoursin third room. Ozone is harsh, I wore goggles & respiration each time I moved the machine.

    With water and some vinegarI cleaned all that needed cleaned and vacuumed with a hepa filtered vacuum.

    Concrobium a gentle to humans product sold at Home Depot which works as an aerosol, was bought with the fogging machine too. It's action is unique, so I applied it last. For the most part, allowed it to stay wherever it went as it is non-toxic.

    No issues since.

    We shall not cease from exploration, the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
    Eliot

  • @BigSkyGuy said:
    I've had this issue and ignored it to long. My eyes would glaze, sneezing and worst a sinus bleed occurred dripping out the nostril & down to throat as well...serious. Tried everything to get it to stop, for hours. Took the bucket with and drove to the hospital. The half hour ride was bloody for 25 minutes, then it stopped...because I was out of that environment. The MD at hospital said it was ahead cold and offered antibiotics....I told that young Doogie Howzer Doc to pound sand, antibiotics do not impact molds, I refused to pay. They still send bills.

    I slept a week at a friends place until I felt strong again.

    I got a referral for a "pro"....he did not know his ass from a hole in the ground, as he planned to use chlorox mainly.. I continued to sleep at friends during my process and showered each time I left my place.

    I bought a respirator, gloves & goggle at home depot. I re-entered my place and bagged & tossed bed cover sheets pillow cases any towel or fabric that was close to the sources. I then applied the below in the following order.

    Many say use Chlorox, and it will make dark mold light, ONLY! After Katrina the"pros" learned it does not kill the roots, mold returns.
    Chlorox Outdoors does kill it. So does alcohol. I bought two small garden sprayers and filled them. Hard surfaces got dosed liberally with both, allowing time for each coat to dry. Some walls got alcohol only, two coats; same with carpet...allowing a day to dry before coat 2.

    Ozone kills mold, I bought an ozone generator (could have rented one). Day three I turned it on in one room for 12 hours; that night in another room, next day 12 hoursin third room. Ozone is harsh, I wore goggles & respiration each time I moved the machine.

    With water and some vinegarI cleaned all that needed cleaned and vacuumed with a hepa filtered vacuum.

    Concrobium a gentle to humans product sold at Home Depot which works as an aerosol, was bought with the fogging machine too. It's action is unique, so I applied it last. For the most part, allowed it to stay wherever it went as it is non-toxic.

    No issues since.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Many have extolled the virtues of Ozone, but I didn't know that it can help to kill mold.

    Just out of curiosity, what region of the United States (I'm assuming you're from the U.S.) are you from? Are you located somewhere that's incredibly humid? I want to move out of California but have limited my options to places with low humidity because I'm deathly afraid of mold.

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