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A Mold Problem Is Not Something to Ignore

A Mold Problem Is Not Something to Ignore

[ 0 ] April 12, 2010

Mold Problem

 

Black Mold

Black Mold

A mold problem isn’t something you should just ignore, yet thousands of homeowners do just that because they believe it’s harmless and they’ll get to it when life slows down.

And while it’s certainly true that not all molds are dangerous, they can still weaken your immune system, not to mention become an eyesore in your home, which can eventually lead to stress and even depression. 

Whether your mold issue is the green fungus living in your refrigerator on some forgotten leftovers or the black toxic stuff growing under your kitchen sink, it needs to be removed.

Of course removing food mold is as easy as throwing it into the garbage, sealing the bag and disposing of it away from your home, but you’ll need to make a little more of an effort when it comes to the rest of the stuff.

First of all, you need to look for any sources where an issue may occur, keeping in mind that bathrooms and kitchens are not the only rooms notorious for mold growth. Anywhere there is moisture, chances are there’s going to be fungus growing.

Nowhere is safe. Mold can grow in basements, attics, under crawlspaces, in the living room, bedroom, laundry room and even in your central heating and air system.

In rooms that are notorious for moisture, a dehumidifier can be a really good investment. You can easily purchase an inexpensive dehumidifier for around $30. However, if the damage is already done, you’ll need more than a dehumidifier to defuse the situation.

One of the biggest threats for a moisture ridden problem is your shower. Every time you use your shower your walls absorb the moisture which then allows mold to grow on the surface.

To prevent that from happening, you should install an exhaust fan or open up your bathroom window at the very least to let out some of that moisture.

You should also dry off the shower walls after showering to reduce water buildup. And if you find that your bathroom tiles already have a fungus issue, there are many mold cleaners available on the market that are made specifically for your bathroom tiles, so you really have no excuse not to keep them fungus free!

Another big moisture threat is your air conditioner. When in use, air conditioners tend to give off a lot of condensation, so in order to keep the moisture at bay, you need to be sure your drip pans are clean and that the drain lines are free from debris.

Once you’ve corrected all of the sources where moisture can occur, you can begin your mold removal strategy by finding the proper mold cleaner to eliminate your moldy growth.

And while you may think every cleaner is the same, think again because there are many different types of mold and one single mold spray will not eliminate all molds. So, be sure you are using the right cleaner for the job.

Finally, when you’re dealing with any type of mold, you should always take precautions by wearing protective gear such as eye goggles and rubber gloves to help keep you safe from fungus spores.

And for the sake of your health, always be smart and do what’s necessary to help keep your home clean and free from a mold problem.

Mold Clean Up: Should You Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?

[ 0 ] April 11, 2010

Mold Clean Up

 

Mold clean up doesn’t necessarily have to be a difficult task if you know the proper steps to take to get the job done right the very first time. And while you may be wondering if you can just skip cleaning up the mold problem all together, it’s not a good idea since mold can wreak havoc on your immune system.

You also should keep in mind that if your mold problem is more than 10 square feet, you need to call a professional to get the job done safely, especially when you‘re dealing with toxic mold.

If however, the mold is covering less than a 10 square feet area, you should be able to do the work yourself.

But, before you begin the mold removal process, you’ll need to identify what types of mold you’re dealing with. If you’re dealing with a fungus whose color is grayish to black, you should leave the job up to a professional unless you’re absolutely certain you can handle the situation yourself.

Black mold is very toxic and can cause severe health problems if it’s not removed completely.

Once you’ve identified what the fungus is, you’ll want to assess any damages like rotten wood caused by water damage mold and repair it.

Then, remove any materials that were near or around the moldy growth and cover the rest of the room with sheets of plastic to prevent fungus spores from spreading to other areas.

Next, seal any materials that were contaminated by the mold in a plastic bag and discard it properly from the area. Then, set any items aside that were near the mold growth and keep a close eye on them for the next several weeks for a contamination problem.

Using a stiff bristle brush, lightly scrub against the affected surface area to loosen and remove as much of the fungus growth as possible.

You’ll then want to spray the affected surface area with a mold removal spray that will not only remove the mold, but kill the mold permanently.

Mold cleaners come in various types for every part of the house and then some to suit almost every fungal problem there is.

Once you’ve cleaned the affected area, you may need to dry it out using several fans or a dehumidifier. Or if possible, you may want to open some windows to air out the area. 

Then, you’ll want to seal and properly discard of any items used in the cleaning process in a plastic garbage bag to prevent further contamination from any mold that may become airborne.

If you do find that you need to hire a mold removal professional to get the job done, before you do be sure to talk to your insurance agency to find out whether or not you can file a claim for the damages the molds have caused.

And depending on your agency and the type of coverage you have, you may even be able to use some insurance money to hire a professional for mold clean up.

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