How does a mold fogger work?
This is the question that most homeowners and mold removal professionals pose when asked about this highly effective, low-cost treatment for mold growth. The fogger uses a fine mist to turn dark mold spores into harmless water soluble particles that can easily be cleaned up with household cleaners — sometimes without using water. This process kills mold spores while releasing moisture from the air in the room, thereby eliminating the need for harsh chemicals and potentially toxic sprays. This simple solution can save you money on costly mold remediation costs, and if you are dealing with a severe mold problem, it may be all you need to get rid of the problem.
Most mold foggers work with an ozone generator to generate ozone in an enclosed area. Ozone is a highly reactive gas that breaks down mold spores and destroys bacteria in the air by converting it into less harmful oxygen free radicals. The ozone generator is activated by a simple switch and is designed to last up to 30 minutes on high.
How does a mold fogger kill mold spores?
Mold spores travel through the air as tiny spores, so mold foggers are designed to reduce the speed at which these spores travel. The product is composed of activated carbon and a fine mist of ozone. The mold spores are broken down using the ozone generator and the broken down material is released into a central reservoir to be filtered and recycled. A dehumidifier is also included to further reduce the moisture in the air and prevent mold buildup in other areas of your home.
Can I bomb my house for mold?
The mold fogger sprays ozone into the room where you want to minimize mold growth. When the fogger is sprayed into the moldy areas, the ozone breaks the mold spores down into small particles. These particles then fall to the floor and as they settle they block the air circulation needed by mold spores. As the fog settles, mold growth is stopped, as well as any water seepage.
It’s been found that mold foggers are as effective as commercial mold removers at removing mold from homes. Some people wonder if they will still have visible mold after the fogging process is complete, but mold experts agree that the mold will simply not be visible. However, some mold experts do recommend using a mold restoration product after the fogging process, to prevent future mold problems from occurring in the area.
Can I install a mold fogger myself?
While some mold experts will suggest that you hire a mold restoration contractor to install a mold fogger in your home, this is often not necessary. If you have the proper safety measures (a good exhaust system), you can install the mold fogger yourself. If you are thinking about installing the mold fogger yourself, keep in mind that you should also have a good ventilation system in place, as mold spores can be airborne once the fogger is working. If you have any questions about how does a mold fogger work, consult your local contractors as many of them may have a mold restoration contractor on hand.
How much mold treatment should be used in my basement?
If you have mold in your basement, it’s likely that a mold restoration company would advise you to treat the entire basement with mold removal products. Many mold restoration companies also recommend using ozone gas to kill mold. Ozone gas can be used in the same fashion as other mold removal products, but should not be used in a home without a proper ventilation system. If you plan on using ozone gas, you should consider adding a second ventilation system to your home.
How do I know if my mold problem is serious enough to need mold fogging equipment? Before you purchase any mold fogging equipment, make sure that you have a mold problem. Although many mold removal products can be used on mold-free mold, many mold infestations require specialized mold fogger products that are effective against mold growths. For mold infestations that do not affect your health, a mold restoration company might advise you to use an ozone gas treatment instead of fogging equipment.