This is the time of the year when mold can run rampant in a home. The weather starts to turn a bit more chilly, so the bathroom windows are closed. There are major storms that are rolling through, and a small leak can easily result in a mold and mildew outbreak. So, what can you do to help prevent mold? On the other hand, if it is too late, what can you to remove the mold from your home?
Mold thrives in wet and warm places. Extra moisture in any area of your home, especially closed in areas, can become a breeding ground. It is important to have some type of ventilation system in your bathroom for this very reason. Long, hot showers create moisture that if not allowed to escape, will create mold. If you do not have an exhaust system or installing some type of fan is not an option, try to crack the bathroom window while showering.
Check hidden areas for leaks, such as closets, the attic, and crawl spaces. If you see a leak, clean up the moisture immediately and try to find the actual cause of the leak. If you can fix it yourself, do so, otherwise, call a professional in to handle the task.
Equip your dryer with an anti-humidity vent. Use an air purification system equipped with a HEPA filter. When possible use fans to circulate air, especially in those area that are more subject to mold growth from damp, stagnant air. Make sure the air filters on your air conditioning system are cleaned or changed regularly.
Before starting the project, make sure you are wearing the proper protective gear. You should have a mask, protective eyewear, and protective gloves.
1. Moisten area where mold spores are present (this will help prevent the mold sports from going airborne while you are cleaning).
2. Hard surfaces should be cleaned with a non-toxic, non-ammonia, organic soap.
3. For structural surfaces, in addition to scrubbing the areas, you may also have to sand the areas down to completely rid the area of mold. This may be a job for a professional.
4. If the mold is growing on a porous surface, such as drywall, carpeting, fabric, or wallpaper, it cannot be completely killed. They do sell mold killers, but this is a temporary solution and the mold will eventually return. The only way to truly kill the mold on porous surfaces is to completely remove the contaminated area.