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Found Mold in Your Home? 5 Steps for Remediation

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Any time you have flooding, a broken pipe, or another high-moisture condition, your home can begin to develop mold growth. Mold is associated with a number of health problems that can be particularly troublesome for sensitive individuals, such as those with allergies, asthma or other lung problems. Proactive steps can help to eliminate mold growth, so your family can enjoy a healthy indoor environment.

Remove Saturated Carpeting and Other Items

Moisture is essential for the growth of mold. Because of this, it’s important that you remove anything that may be creating a home for the continued growth of mold. If you have items that have become saturated or waterlogged, you should remove them from the area before attempting to clean up the mold. This is most commonly an issue after a flood or if you have a water pipe burst. Anything that is waterlogged will continue to provide surfaces on which mold spores can grow and will continue to add moisture to the air. If the water damage is severe, you should discard the items for pickup by your waste removal company.

Clean Hard Surfaces With Bleach

A common way to kill mold is by cleaning the surface with mold on it with bleach. Bleach is a harsh chemical so it should be used with caution and you should also ensure that you are ventilating the air in that room that you are cleaning. Because bleach tends to take the color out of surfaces such as carpet or blankets, it isn’t typically recommended for soft surfaces. However, many homeowners have reported that it works really well on hard surfaces. Hard surfaces like floors, walls, countertops, and other areas should be cleaned with a bleach solution of 1 cup of chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Do not mix the bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products. Scrub the surfaces vigorously with a nylon brush. Make sure windows or doors are open to reducing chlorine fumes. Dry surfaces thoroughly after cleaning. Also, it’s recommended that you review the product warnings as it may not be ideal for the surface you’d like to clean.

Circulate Air in the Affected Area

Providing good air circulation in the area of the home is also an important part of reducing mold growth. Mold spores thrive in damp, closed areas. Allowing air to circulate freely not only helps to dry surfaces. It also discourages the reproduction of spores. Set up a few fans in the room to help dry it out, open the windows, or run your air conditioner. There are also devices that are built to help clean the air. This doesn’t improve circulating the air but it can help with making the room air feel fresher.

Run A Dehumidifier To Remove Moisture

After a thorough cleaning, ventilating and removing anything that maintains moisture, consider running a dehumidifier for several hours to remove excess moisture from the room. This measure will help to prevent mold spores from settling on surfaces and reproducing. You can find a number of inexpensive humidifiers to help dry out the air in a water-damaged area at your local hardware store or online.

Call A Mold Remediation Specialist

Mold can be dangerous in your home and can affect your overall home. Black mold, for example, has been linked to severe illnesses and even death. For this reason, it is typically recommended that you work with a professional or specialist when you find mold to make sure that it is thoroughly removed or remediated. If you think that water has permeated areas that cannot be effectively cleaned, such as the inside of walls, you may want to contact a mold remediation company in your area to solve the problem. Mold remediation contractors have the knowledge and experience to remove mold spores effectively to leave your home clean and dry. Additionally, they can provide recommendations for the best way to move forward and prevent mold growth in the future from happening.

Eliminating mold after a water event is important to your family’s health. Your efforts will help to restore your home to a clean and healthy condition. If you follow these steps, you will be able to avoid the negative health effects of mold.

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