Mold: How to Eliminate it and Prevent it from Coming Back
Discovering mold in your home can be horrifying. You’re wondering how it got there and if it’s harmful to your family’s health, right? We’re no stranger to homeowners feeling this way, which is why we work so hard to take care of this nasty problem and ensure it never comes back.
What about you though? Can you DIY this type of thing? Believe it or not, there are a few methods you can take to get rid of mold in your home, but be aware that the best answer is to always call a mold remediation specialist to make sure the job is done right. For those minor mold growths that you find, here are a few ways to handle them.
Handling Your Mold Problem
To begin with, you’re going to need to identify the type of mold in your home. Most molds thrive in dark, moist locations, so you should check your home regularly for leaks or areas that fit this description. To help you determine what kind of mold is growing, check out these different types and what they can look like. Additionally, to learn more about each type, click the title link!
Now that you’ve determined which type of mold you have, it’s time to eliminate its home. As we said before, mold thrives in moist areas, so next you’ll need to get rid of any moisture there. You can do this with fans to dry the area, or clean the affected area with a specialized mold remover and then dry it off.
Do Not Use Bleach to Clean It! Using bleach can cause toxic fumes that can harm your respiratory system. Make sure you use a specific bleach cleaning solution and call a mold specialist to come and make sure everything is taken care of.
Additionally, if you feel confident that the mold is gone, DO NOT paint over that area because this creates a porous surface that any remaining mold spores will love to take root in. To help you handle small mold problems, you can download this handy graphic and put it on your fridge for quick reference!
Preventing Mold Growth
It’s definitely wet season, which means that the conditions for mold to grow are better than ever. To prevent mold growth though, there’s a few things you can do.
Seal any Cracks in Windows and Doors
You can purchase a crack sealant at any hardware store. By tightening up those small entryways you will prevent a lot of spores from coming in as they travel on the air.
Rake and Clear Fallen Leaves
Mold also thrives on wet leaves. If you’ve got any near your home, make sure you clear them out. Additionally, don’t let anyone track anything wet in your home on their shoes.
Check Your Basement and Attic for Leaks
You can either have a specialist come check your home for mold, or you can do it yourself, but either way it needs to be done. We like to say that at least once a year you should pull things away from the walls (including molding and stucco if you can), to check for mold. If you know that a wall is facing outside and could be retaining water, check that area more frequently.
Hopefully you won’t have to deal with mold any time soon. It can be a pain and a hazard to deal with, which is again why we suggest calling a specialist to take care of it. So be vigilant about looking out for leaks and areas where it can grow, and handle it correctly when you do find it.
Have Mold or Want to Learn More?
At Rapid Restoration we are equipped and experienced enough to handle your mold problem. You can learn more about what to do if you find mold with our complete guide or you can give us a call anytime at (612) 294-0886 and we’ll be happy to get your home back to being a safe, mold-free environment.