Here are some common questions and answers about mold in the home. Most homes experience small amounts of mold from time to time, where moisture has accumulated and mold spores in the air have begun to thrive. If left unchecked, it may become a problem that requires remediation. That’s why you should always act quickly to stop mold as soon as you detect it. At Clean Earth Restorations we can help you evaluate your situation if you are unsure whether or not you need outside help. We specialize in detecting and remediating mold damage in San Diego.
Can a little mold become mold damage?
Even tiny areas of mold will never stop growing if air, moisture and the right temperature are available to them. These colonies of mold feed on common household materials and will eventually destroy what they are growing on. You should get rid of any amount of mold you find, no matter how small. Mold spores live in the air. When they start reproducing and forming colonies (and you can see them) you want to make sure and get rid of them.
When should I call in a mold remediation company?
It’s generally thought that you should request a mold remediation company when the mold covers more than 10 square feet of surface. If there has been significant water leakage or a flood it is also a good idea to call in an expert to evaluate possible mold problems. Water can quickly get into walls, floors and ceilings where mold can grow unseen, and unchecked.
How do I clean mold myself?
Mold can be scrubbed off of surfaces with water and a mild detergent. You can also use a solution of 1 to 8 chlorine bleach to water. You should protect yourself by using gloves, goggles, and an N-95 respirator. People with asthma, allergies, and weakend immune systems should avoid being near mold when possible, as it is thought to complicate these conditions.
How do I stop mold from growing back?
Mold MUST have moisture to survive. If you can detect where the mold’s source of moisture is coming from and stop it, you can keep the mold from coming back. Typical sources of mold in the home are small plumbing leaks and moisture in the air (from, say, a badly ventilated bathroom or kitchen).
What can I do to avoid moisture problems that attract mold?
There are a few things you can do to prevent moisture problems from occurring such as:
- check, clean and repair roof gutters on a regular basis
- make sure outside water cannot accumulate around the foundation of the house
- use fans when available or open windows when using showers or cooking
- insulate cold water pipes that will otherwise be subject to condensation
- dry immediately any window sills, walls, or other surfaces when condensation has occurred
- regularly check under sinks for slow leaks
- check your washing machine water supply connections every 6 months and replace them every 5 years max
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about mold in your home or business. We are highly qualified mold remediation experts and happy to help.