Mold damage is a homeowners worst nightmare. It can be dangerous to our health, as well as the structure of the property. Almost all homes experience mold at some time in some place. Mold occurs in areas of high moisture, and can require remediation if left untreated. If you see mold in your home, immediately call your local professionals. Below we have listed some common questions about mold in your home.
Can a small amount of mold cause damage?
Even if an area only has a small amount of mold, it will continue to grow if moisture and the right temperature is present. Mold feeds on the materials which it grows on, deteriorating them over time and causing damage that requires replacement of the damaged materials. Even if you find just a small amount of mold, make sure to get rid of it. Mold spores are released into the air from any amount of mold, so eliminating the source is paramount.
Can I clean mold myself?
Yes, as long as the proper steps and precautions are taken. Make sure to use gloves, goggles, and a respirator (preferably a N-95). Mold can be scrubbed off of surfaces by using water with a mild detergent. If you have allergies, asthma, or a weakened immune system, you should avoid cleaning or even being near mold if possible. If you are unable to remove the mold yourself, or if the problem goes deeper than the surface where the mold is located, call your local specialists immediately.
How can I stop mold from coming back?
Mold survives near sources of moisture. If you eliminate the moisture, you can most likely eliminate the mold problem. Moisture typically stems from plumbing leaks, un-properly sealed window sills, or a badly ventilated area with high moisture (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.).
When do I need to bring in the pros?
Typically if mold covers more than 10 square feet of surface area, or if mold penetrates deeper than the surface where it is located is when you want to bring in the professional mold remediation experts. If there has been a flood or a significant amount of water leaked in the property, you will want to call in a professional to evaluate the property for any potential mold problems. If you are ever unsure about a mold problem, when in doubt call the pros.
What can I do to prevent mold from growing?
– Make sure water does not accumulate around the perimeter of the property
– Make sure roof gutters are clear and functional
– Open a window or use fans when showering or cooking
– Insulate pipes that may be subject to condensation
– Dry window sills when cooking or using showers
– Check washing machine pipes and hoses 2-3 times a year and replace them every 3-5 years
– Check under sinks regularly for any leaks