Although a professional cleanup is always ideal for a major mold problem, it's also true that you may someday be in a situation where you can't get a professional remediation right away (such as after a bad storm, especially if you live in an area where bad storms are unusual). If this happens to you, you may choose to clean up the mold on your own in order to contain the damage and minimize the possibility of mold-related illnesses such as asthma and mold allergies. But if you're not careful, you could end up breathing large quantities of spores and transporting them on your clothing into the other parts of your house where they can re-colonize. Whether you're doing the job yourself or hiring in a contractor to remove the mold, you should know about these five essential types of equipment.

1. Air cleaning machines If you don't own a heavy-duty (industrial-strength) dehumidifier and a high-capacity air cleaning system, you'll need to buy one of each or at least rent them for the duration of the project. You'll want to have some type of dehumidifier running in the room long-term as well, just to make sure the area is less hospitable to any remaining mold spores that may want to land and grow. The air cleaning system will help remove some of the mold spores from the air so that not as many will escape to the rest of the house after you've finished cleanup.   

2. Personal protective equipment You'll need a respirator and goggles to protect your eyes and lungs, and it's also recommended that you wear protective clothing over your limbs and make sure there's no exposed skin. Some types of mold are more dangerous than others, and since you're not a mold remediation expert, you should just assume you're dealing with a dangerous variety and protect yourself accordingly.  

3. Drop cloths While it would be unnecessarily complicated to attempt to cover every surface in the room with plastic sheeting for the duration of the project, you should at least use drop cloths and masking tape to seal off any areas where air and mold spores might escape. This includes the cracks around doors and windows as well as any AC vents or other vents.  

4. Tools If the mold invasion is particularly bad, you may wish to simply remove the entire surface it's colonized and replace it later. If this is the case, you'll need any construction tools relevant to removing the surface of whatever type of wall you have.  

5. Cleaners For a cleanup that's only moderately bad, you may opt to simply spray and remove the mold and then use mold-killing cleaners (such as bleach) on the surface where it grew. You'll want to be sure to use a mold retardant spray on that surface for the indefinite future too, in case the mold gets any ideas about growing back.  

These five types of equipment will help you deal with a mold attack in your home if it's ever necessary to do so. Fortunately, if you hire a mold removal company, such as American Environmental Construction LLC, they'll bring their own equipment and you won't have to worry about having all these things on hand.