Five Steps to Getting Rid of Mold in Your Home Or Office
Molds are microscopic organisms (fungi) that can grow on almost any surface including wood, hay, paper, carpet, winter insulation, concrete and potted house plants. It can already grow in the duct work of your home, office or school. Most molds are not unhealthy; however, toxic black mold is highly toxic.
Studies show that mold is connected to serious health issues such as allergies, cancer, asthma, respiratory and sinus infections, headache, rashes, aches and Fibromyalgia. Stachybotrys mold can cause fatal pulmonary disorders.
The higher the mold count in an ecosystem and the longer your exposure, the more serious the issues can be. If you notice any of the following conditions in your ecosystem, you may be at risk.
- Carpet or padding in direct contact with concrete slab
- fractures in shower tile or caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Discoloration or black spots on walls or wallpaper.
- Musty/ moldy odor
- Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
- Water marks on walls
Here is how to get rid of mold.
Step 1 – Find out what types and levels of mold you have. Test Kits are obtainable at most home centers, hardware stores, pharmacy chains, supermarkets, and online. By placing Petri dishes from the kit in locations where you speculate mold, a sample can be obtained and mailed to a lab for examination to clarify the exact count and kind of mold present. Mold spores can be stirred up or released by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on a sofa where mold is present. consequently, you should use rubber gloves and a facemask, when touching anything you speculate could be black mold.
Step 2 – Remove the source of mold. Moisture is the main cause of mold growth. Repair any water leaks in the roof, walls or basement. Caulk your shower or any place where moisture could get behind walls or in floors. Seal your basement or foundation slab with a thorough penetration concrete sealer. Painting the surface will not stop mold from growing back. Reduce humidity in your home by using a dehumidifier. There is a product called DampRid that removes excess moisture from air and prevents mildew, mold and musty odors. Great for closets.
Step 3 – Chlorine bleach will only temporarily remove mold. Use a fungicide cleaner to remove mold from surfaces. Clean your refrigerator inside, outside and underneath, including gaskets, coils, and evaporator tray. Remember to protect your lungs, nasal passages and skin during this course of action.
Step 4 – Install an air purifier in your ecosystem. Have your HVAC system and duct work cleaned by a specialized.
Step 5 –Prevent mold by not storing wood, cloth, paper or other porous material in your basement or underneath your house.
Following these steps can reduce the incident of household mold and fungi and provide you and your family with a healthier ecosystem.