What to do about Mold

mold How much do you know about mold? It’s definitely not something you want in your home but mold really isn’t a bad thing. Think about penicillin. Mold is a living fungus and it lives all around us.

But like I said, we definitely don’t want it  in our homes. It can cause major health problems. Not to mention, it’s just nasty to look at and smell.

Mold can easily spread too. It sends out spores that go everywhere. And it flourishes in damp places.

How do I know about mold? Well I live near the ocean so the climate is very humid. And we have had a few leaks in the ceiling which caused a major mold problem in my home. It also caused my asthma to get much worse.

Health Problems Caused By Mold

The physical problems it can cause is asthma, and other breathing problems, headaches, allergy symptoms such as runny eyes, nose and rashes. Some people can have severe reactions to molds and others not have any reaction. But even is you have no reaction to it, it’s still not healthy to be breathing it in. Then there’s black mold which is extremely bad for all humans.

Where Mold Grows

Mold attaches itself to carpeting, wallpaper, clothes,walls, ceilings and paper. We all  have lots of that stuff in our houses. Mold can often be found wherever damp conditions are in your home such as the ceiling over your shower and bath. Or when you have a leak in your roof, or in your fridge. Check the rubber seals on the refrigerator door. Mold often grows in there.

It’s also more prevalent in humid climates and where humidifiers are used in the home. It’s important as soon as you find signs of mold and mildew in your house to get rid of it as soon as possible. It won’t go away on it’s own. In fact it will just continue to spread if you do nothing. You may smell it first, before seeing it. It will have that musty mildewy smell. Later you may see specks of black or other colors around an area.

How To Get Rid Of Mold

Here is what you need for yourself before you start eradicating it. Protect yourself with rubber gloves, eye goggles and a respirator. You can find this stuff at your local hardware store or Amazon. Wear clothes that can easily be washed.

  • You can  use a detergent and water to clean the area and dry thoroughly.
  • If the mold is still there use a solution of bleach and water (1 cup bleach, 1 gallon water) and a sponge and wipe the area thoroughly. Dry completely.
  • If this doesn’t work the next step is a commercial mold remover. You can get that at a hardware store or Amazon.
  • After all of this if the mold is still there, it’s time to call a professional.

How To Keep Mold From Returning

  • Repair any leaks immediately and clean and dry the affected area as soon as possible.
  • If you live in a humid climate, use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner.
  • Use fans or open windows when bathing and showering.
  • If you plan on repainting your walls, get a mold inhibitor to add to the paint.
  • Don’t carpet bathrooms or any area that is typically humid.
  • Appliances like dryers should be vented outside.
  • Keep floors vacuumed and clean.
  • Keep surfaces clean and dry.

So have you ever had a problem with mold in your house? If so, how did you handle it?

Cathy

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