Get Rid Of Mold Problems Once And For All

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It is important to get rid of mold problems in your home once and for all. Mold is a health hazard if it is allowed to grow in homes or offices. When exposed to mold, people who are sensitive are likely to experience symptoms that can range from runny nose, headaches, rashes, and fatigue to more serious respiratory problems such as Asthma. This why it is important to remove mold in your home as soon as possible with any of these suggestions on how to get rid of mold problems.

How To Get Rid Of Mold Problems In Your Home Once And For All

Mold develops from spores and this are readily available in any home. However, mold growth only occurs when moisture is available. Sources of moisture could be condensation, leaking roof or pipes and flooding. Regularly check your home for moisture problems especially in the following places:

  • Basements or cellars
  • Underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Baseboard or around windows sills
  • Under carpeting.

If you find any moisture leaks, clean them up with a dry towel immediately and find the source of the leak. Consider hiring a professional if the leak does not stop or if you are dealing with a plumbing issue. Controlling moisture leaks in your home or office will reduce the spores ability to germinate and develop into mold.

High humidity is another factor that contributes to mold growth. If humidity in your house is above 60%, you must particularly take heed to prevent mold growth. Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier. To prevent mold growth, the humidity in your home should be 60% or less.

Poor ventilation encourages mold growth. Improving ventilation reduces humidity and thus prevents mold growth.

Remember, the best way to get rid of mold problem is to KEEP THINGS DRY!

What to Do if You have Mold in Your Home

If you find or suspect you have mold in your home, do not panic. If the area contaminated with mold is less than 10 square feet, you many be able to clean it yourself following the mold guidelines. But remember that what may appear to be less than 10 square feet could be more since 80% of the mold may not be visible.

Scrub hard surfaces contaminated with mold with a household cleaning detergent. It is practically difficult to cleanup mold on porous surfaces. Therefore, things like moldy carpeting, drywall, wall-paper, fabric, or other porous materials, must be completely removed and replaced with new ones. If you have mold on wood, it may not be cleaned out by scrubbing alone. It may have to be sanded. Don’t forget to wear the appropriate protective coverings as per the mold guidelines.

If the contaminated area is more than 10 square feet, contact a qualified company that can assess the extent of mold contamination and recommend the most appropriate way to remove it and to fix the moisture problem. Never attempt to remove the mold yourself if you don’t know what you are dealing with or if you don’t have the right tools to deal with the mold.

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Dr Jackson Kung'u
Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a Microbiologist who has specialized in the field of mycology (the study of moulds and yeasts). He is a member of the Mycological Society of America. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a Masters degree in Fungal Technology and a PhD in Microbiology. He has published several research papers in international scientific journals. Jackson has analyzed thousands of mould samples from across Canada. He also regularly teaches a course on how to recognize mould, perform effective sampling and interpret laboratory results. Jackson provides how-to advice on mould and bacteria issues. Get more information about indoor mould and bacteria at www.drjacksonkungu.com.
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