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How to Kill Mold in Your Home

How to Kill Mold in Your Home

[ 2 ] July 15, 2010

Mold (fungi) is a threat when it appears in your home. Although most fungi are harmless, there are many incidents of families becoming sick from mold contamination. Perhaps it’s because of increased pollution in the atmosphere or badly constructed homes. Whatever the cause, reports of contamination are on the rise. Homeowners should learn how to kill mold before a dangerous situation develops.

You can get rid of mold easily. It’s not an active organism that you have to chase and catch, like a rodent. It just sits there waiting for you to get rid of it. Stores sell mold cleaning products that contain ingredients that kill all types of fungi. So getting it out of your home can be easy, depending on the situation.

Mold spores can spread during the mold removal process. You should protect other parts of your home during mold cleaning. Covering the door with a piece of heavy plastic can prevent spores from escaping. After you’re done cleaning, open a door or window to properly ventilate the room.

The bad news is mold can reoccur. Wiping it away isn’t the same as killing the problem. The only way to get rid of mold so that it never returns is to change your home’s atmosphere. You must make your home unattractive to fungi.

The first step is to cut off its moisture supply. Many homes have leaky pipes and siding that allows moisture, such as rain to seep inside. Taking care of these problems will reduce your chances of contamination or recontamination.

Poor ventilation is also a problem in humid rooms or climates. That leads to dampness, which encourages mold growth. If your attic or basement smells musty, it means some sort of fungi is growing there. Killing mold requires you to address all of these problems.

Humidity and excess moisture can be controlled with a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier removes some of the moisture from the air. If it’s a model with a HEPA filter, the dehumidifier will also filter the air.

A HEPA filter removes certain allergens from the air, such as spores, dust and pollen. Even if you don’t have mold, dehumidifiers are good for people with allergies. Dehumidifiers are the best things for controlling humidity. A fan is also a good way to circulate the air.

Mold doesn’t grow without a source of water. If humidity isn’t the problem, then you probably have a leak. You can make a visual inspection of your pipes. You may also have to hire a plumber to search inside the walls. If mold grows on a specific spot on the wall, there’s probably a leak behind it.

Floods can also cause fungi growth. If your home floods every time it rains, then you have a serious problem. Get your home checked to discover the source of the flooding. There could be serious structural damage to your home.

Knowing how to kill mold involves more than just washing it away. The steps in this article will help you get started.

Cleaning Mold from Your Home

Cleaning Mold from Your Home

[ 0 ] July 12, 2010

Cleaning Mold

No one wants a moldy home. It looks bad, poses a health threat and can cause odors. Cleaning mold from your home should be a priority. However, there are some things to consider before starting the (fungi) mold cleanup process.

First, you need to find out why it’s growing in your home. When you find the answer, fixing the problem is the next step. You might have to inspect your home to discover the source of the problem. It depends on where the fungi are growing.

If the growth is in the bathroom, then you know it is because the bathroom is damp. You need to dry the walls following showers or steam baths. The steam causes moisture to accumulate in the area. Drying wet walls and shower stalls prevents mold from finding a home.

Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to find the source of the mold problem. The source could be behind a wall, under the floor, hidden in a closet or in another hidden location. This is when you must decide to get help or tackle the project on your own.

A thorough search of the home is necessary. Getting rid of the mold is useless if the problem that created it remains. You must search everywhere because fungi often grow in hidden places. It thrives as long as it has a source of water, adequate food and a nice atmosphere. Places in your home that are damp and closed off are prime spots.

When you locate the problem, fix it immediately. If you don’t, the problem will return until it’s stopped. If the area is damp, get rid of what’s causing the dampness. For example, if a leak in the wall is causing the problem, fix the leak. If your basement is humid, ventilate the area.

You might also have to replace certain items in your home. It’s impossible to clean mold from carpets and drywall. Those items will have to go.

Mold Testing

Mold testing is often not necessary. In many cases, the mold is in a visible spot. If it’s not visible, you may still detect it if it has an odor. If the growth looks slimy and is dark green or black, then testing may be best. You could have a toxic black mold infestation.

Toxic mold requires special care during the mold removal process. You most definitely need a professional cleaning crew.

Mold Removal

You can use a cleaning agent to remove mold from shower curtains, bathroom stalls, walls and windowsills. Mold cleaners are available from stores such as Home Depot and WalMart. Simply follow the instructions on the cleaner, and clean the surface.

Cleaning mold from your home is normally a simple process. In extreme cases, over-the-counter cleaning supplies will not be enough. Plastic sheets may be needed to cover door openings, vents and floors. Facemasks, gloves and goggles may be necessary as well. Assess the situation before performing mold removal in your home. Contacting a cleaning team may be the best solution.

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