What to Do When You Find Mold in Your Home 2
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Mold can be messy, unpleasant looking and smelly. They appear when the air contains too much water or is humid. Usually, mold starts growing within 24 to 48 hours in a wet, humid, dark and warm place. Mold can cause serious health complications if it not treated in time.
The best way to detect the presence of mold in your home is by smelling or observing a damp place. Molds are usually green or black in color and give out an earthy or musty odor.
Flood, stagnant water, water damage, broken sump pump, humid place, closet, burst pipe, water leakage, and broken electrical appliance can start mold growth within a day. If this is left untreated, molds can live for a very long period and can even spread. Mold can also affect your clothes and upholsteries.
Cleaning Molds at Home
You can treat mold yourself if hasn’t spread beyond an sq. ft. Make sure you wear protective gears and use the right product to clean mold and prevent it from recurring.
However, if the area is large and if you aren’t quite sure whether it is growing on other parts of the house too, then hire a professional mold removal expert and get molds professionally removed and sanitized.
Common products (antimicrobial) that help getting rid of molds naturally are baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar. You can use one of these and spray them over the affected area.
Scrub the wall or surface with a brush to loosen the mold and then wipe the area dry. Then spray another layer of the solution to prevent further growth.
You can spray vinegar and hydrogen peroxide directly, while mix baking soda with water to
make a solution.
Steps to Clean Aggressive Mold
Wear a respirator mask to filter mold spores, eye protector, gloves, coveralls, or old clothes. When cleaning molds at home, make sure you dehumidify the area by circulating air inside the room. Keep the doors and windows open, place a table fan near the affected area, and switch on the ceiling fan.
You can also rent a dehumidifier and place it in the room to absorb excess moisture.
– Wet the area with water to keep the mold spores from expending.
– Spray baking powder-water solution, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide on the area and let it sit for a while.
– With a brush or detergent, remove mold as much as possible.
– Once this is done, you must get rid of any lingering alive microbe to stop future mold
– You can achieve this by sprinkling bleach powder or solution on the surface, letting it rest for 15 mins and then rinsing it off with water.
– Repeat the procedure until all signs of mold growth is gone.
Since molds can grow on clothes too, you can address the problem by adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash water and soak the clothes in them for at least half an hour.
Hire Professionals for Perfect Mold Removal
Remember that professionals have tools that you don’t have. Also remember that most often than not, mold grows when there’s water damage. So, you must fix the root cause and repair the leakage or flood before mold removal.
For instance, if molds start growing in your bathroom, it indicates that a pipe must have burst and leak inside the wall. Call a professional mold removal company for complex tasks, because they usually have the tools, moisture detectors, dehumidifiers, and high-grade chemicals to clean and sanitize the place.
Mold and water damage can be tricky and cause several health problems, including asthma and lung infection. If you don’t know how to deal with it and if you notice it spreading rapidly, do not hesitate to seek professional guidance and start mold remediation immediately.