Mold can be found just about anywhere: On clothes left in closets, on food left in the fridge, and even inside the home. While most mold is relatively harmless, certain forms can be harmful. Keeping your home mold free isn’t an easy task, but there are ways to prevent it and remove it. Learn how to prevent mold below:
How to Prevent Mold
There is no way to completely eliminate mold growth. Given the right conditions (temperature, humidity/moisture) mold will grow.
- The best way to keep mold out of your property is to keep the home well ventilated and free of moisture.
- Controlling humidity in your home can reduce moisture. This can be particularly difficult during more humid months.
- Ventilation is essential in areas more prone to humidity—showers, bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are common culprits of mold growth. Keeping these locations vented will help control the relative humidity and lower the chances of mold.
- Exhaust fans and vents that lead outside are great ways to lower moisture in these areas as well.
- Dehumidifiers and air conditioners can also be used to keep down the humidity where ventilation is difficult or impossible e.g. basements without windows.
Other ways to keep mold at bay: stop any plumbing leaks or water problems and dry the areas where leaking occurs. Use mold inhibitors when painting to reduce growth in walls. Keep carpeting out of the bathroom and basement. These areas are more likely to promote mold in your flooring. Lastly, use surface cleaning products that kill mold to help reduce the amount of mold already in your home.
How To Remediate Mold
Once you have discovered a mold problem, you need to identify what is causing the moisture buildup. Otherwise, the mold will continue to grow in the moist area(s) despite your best efforts to clean and remediate.
- Removing mold is potentially dangerous and you should proceed with caution. But most of the time, mold removal can be done on your own without the consultation of a contractor.
- You can remove the mold with a simple soap and water solution or a bleach solution. Biocides can also be used as a quick fix, but professional assistance may be necessary. These solutions should be used on areas where small amounts of mold are present.
- Vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum is also a preventative, cleanup measure.
- Removing wallpaper, paint, drywall, and studs may be necessary for larger, substantial mold. For large areas, you should contact a professional with experience in large-scale removal.
Mold can be a frustrating problem in a home, but with the right knowledge and tools, you can ensure that your home will be mold free!