Ten Basic Tips for Dealing With Household Mold

Household Mold Is a Health Hazard

Mold can damage the look and the composition of any surfaces it grows on.  Not only that, but it can also be a health hazard because mold spores can be poisonous and the development of molds and mildew in large quantities can endanger and make a home not fit to live in. Serious mold infestation will require professional mold remediation.  However, small-scale mold growth can be easily dealt with by the homeowner following these ten practical guidelines.

  1. Determine where the molds are coming from. Typically, it will start growing on a place that is always wet or damp such as a leaking pipe.  Once you stop the source of leaking water, it is highly possible that you will be able to resolve the mold issue.
  2. To protect your self from inhaling or being contaminated by the mold spores, wear protective gears such as gloves and mask.  Although not all kinds of molds are dangerous, it’s better to take proper precautions in case they are.
  3. Take out the items which already have mold growth and put them in plastic bags and properly discard them.  Sealing them inside plastic bags will prevent mold spores from spreading in the air.
  4. Clean all the surfaces with a multi-purpose household cleaner then rinse them well.  Keep all the windows open and use electric fans to hasten the drying process.  If mold growth recurs, you will have to repeat the cleaning process all over again.
  5. All the items used to catch drips should be cleaned such as those used for the refrigerators and air conditioners.  Clean them with soap and water then rinse thoroughly.  Mix the rinsing water with a little bleach to discourage regrowth of mold.
  6. If bigger damage was experienced due to bursting pipes or flood, taking out the excess water and drying the premises should be the priority.  Mold and mildew can develop within 24 hours in an ideal environment with the right dampness and temperature.
  7.  Endeavor to lessen the humidity inside the premises because molds and mildews love this kind of environment.  Hang the clothes outside to dry if the weather permits.  Vents should not be operated if there is already an instance of mold and mildew growth to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the house.
  8. Using a dehumidifier can lessen humidity by as much as 60%.  Open the exhaust fan when using a hot shower or when cooking to expel the steam.
  9. Check out the house’s foundation.  You will never know how important the soil slope is until heavy rains come pouring down.  A properly sloped ground – which should be away from the house – will preclude dampness due to long-standing water near the foundation.  If the ground is not properly sloped, you can remedy this by scraping the soil and the debris towards the street, away from the house.
  10. Even if you have cleaned the area of molds, you should re-visit it after some time to make sure that the mold has not grown back.  If it does, you might need to find a mold remediation contractor