Mold and mildew isn’t just gross-looking; it’s actually dangerous.
Mold grows whenever there’s excessive moisture in a trapped space. Mold spores can fill the air, leading to eye irritation and respiratory issues for you and your family.
Mold remediation is a challenge, but it’s not an impossible task. If you see mold in your home or business, here’s what you should probably do:
First things first: exactly how much mold do you see? Does it appear to be isolated to a certain area? If so, you could clean the mold yourself with bleach or another approved cleaning agent, but be careful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should:
- Wear protective goggles and non-porous gloves
- Ventilate the room by opening doors and windows
- Use fans to move the air out of the room
- Avoid mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaners
The next step is to determine the “why” behind the mold. Sometimes it’s easy to find the root cause; other times, it’s not as cut and dry. If you want to figure out where the mold is coming from, ask yourself:
- Could your roof be leaking?
- Are your vents clogged?
- Is a pipe broken or leaking?
- Did you completely clean up after last week’s flood?
- Are you making use of your exhaust fans?
Mold can be prevented; you just need to listen to your home if a problem arises, and take care of moisture problems as soon as you’re aware of them.
So, you found mold in your bathroom or basement? Don’t stop the search there. Mold could also be growing on your roof, under your floorboards or around your windows.
If you’re selling your home, conduct a mold inspection to ensure you’re not putting a home on the market with a moisture problem. When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is, then it’s definitely a good idea to hire a mold inspection company to evaluate your problem.
See, not so scary anymore, right?
Following these tips should definitely help keep mold out of your sight for good.
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