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Dealing with house molds can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience, but it is important to address the problem as soon as it is identified in order to protect your home and the health of your family.
1. The first step in dealing with house molds is to identify the source of the moisture that is allowing the mold to grow. This could be a leaky roof, plumbing issue, or high humidity in the room. Once the source of the moisture has been identified and addressed.
2. the next step is to remove the moldy material and thoroughly clean and disinfect the affected area. This may involve removing drywall, plaster, or other building materials, and using a mixture of water and a mold-killing solution to scrub the surface. After the mold has been removed, it is important to repair any damage caused by the mold and monitor the area for any new signs of growth.
3. If the mold infestation is large or you are not comfortable handling the removal process yourself, it may be best to hire a professional mold remediation company to ensure that the problem is effectively dealt with.
As discussed, mold is so common that it’s almost impossible to avoid completely but knowing more about what contributes to mold can help you get a handle on what to look for, how to prevent it, and when to call mold removal services to get rid of it.
1. Mold Spores
Spores are so tiny you can’t see them. They’re usually found outdoors but, of course, sometimes travel inside through contaminated materials and air movement.
Mold needs moisture to thrive so, naturally, humidity and dampness are breeding grounds for mold. Most household molds begin with hidden moisture that hasn’t been dried up properly. Roof drips, leaky plumbing, and showers are common areas where moisture builds up to encourage active mold growth.
3. Food Sources
Mold feeds off of natural, organic materials and needs this to survive. Unfortunately, mold can take hold of virtually everything inside your home – wood, insulation, carpets, fabrics, and more – and it’s impractical and impossible to think that you could rid your home of all these natural breeding grounds. Instead, you must control the other elements involved in mold growth, such as moisture.
4. Oxygen Supply
Mold is a living organism that can’t live without ample oxygen. Remember, trapped air, like inside a sealed box or wall cavity, still contains oxygen that can help mold grow. Again, since we can’t get rid of oxygen and air inside our homes, it’s important to control other things that contribute to mold growth – and that’s moisture.
5. Lack of Sunlight
Mold hates the sun. UV rays destroy mold and its’ cellular structure. This is why you’re more likely to find mold inside rather than outdoors.
6. Optimal Temperature
Mold thrives in the same temperatures that are optimal for humans (ie. 22C-27C), which is why households are perfect places for mold to survive. As discussed, mold also loves humidity, so the best way to keep mold at bay is to keep your household humidity levels steady between 30% and 50% all year round.
Once mold spores are in the air, they can be inhaled, ingested, or touched by the humans living around them. Of the 1,000’s different mold species, there are only a few that are known to be hazardous to humans and, that being said, the way each individual reacts to these hazardous molds can be quite different. Some may react mildly to mold exposure with minor allergic reactions, while others could experience severe inflammatory effects, neurological problems, or even death. Depending on how the mold exposure occurs and what type of mold you’re exposed to, some other common symptoms of exposure may include:
Mold can cause many problems to both your home and your health so it’s important to get it dealt with professionally as soon as you suspect you may have a problem.
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