How To Manage Mold In Your Home
Whenever you think about potential threats to both your health and your home, mold probably isn’t anywhere near the top of your list. But considering how common and dangerous mold is, maybe it should be.
Mold is no joke. While research on its effects on human health are ongoing, mold has been known to cause serious illness, ranging from allergic reactions and dermatitis to full-blown asthma attacks. Children, the elderly and people suffering from chronic diseases are especially susceptible to mold’s unhealthy influence.
If you notice mold in your home, it needs to be taken care of immediately. The steps you take to eradicate existing mold and manage future outbreaks protect not only your home but your health. Here are a few guidelines to follow when dealing with the presence of mold in your home:
Where Does Mold Come From?
Like most microorganisms, mold spores are everywhere—including in your home–and are virtually impossible to get rid of entirely. In most instances this rent-free occupation usually comes at no consequence to the homeowner. However, trouble starts when these spores happen across sufficient amounts of moisture. Their favorite spots to fester indoors include naturally damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and crawl spaces.
Because mold spores cannot grow without moisture, reducing the amount of moisture in your home is the number one way to combat mold growth. If you notice mold resulting from too much moisture in your home, try using dehumidifiers or adding insulation to cold surfaces to lessen dampness. It is also a good idea to keep doors between rooms open to increase circulation and heat cold surfaces, reducing condensation.
Who Should Do The Cleanup?
All the dehumidifiers and open door circulation, however, will not help you deal with existing mold. Once you have spotted mold in your home—some of your items are discolored or seem smudged and blotchy—or smelled its musty odor, it needs to be dealt with swiftly. The question is: who is going to take care of the cleanup?
The size and scope of the mold outbreak determines who does the dirty work. If the mold is isolated to a few spots in your shower or kitchen, then taking control and cleaning it up yourself should be a no-brainer. Routine maintenance with water and bleach—equipped with proper gloves and eye-wear—should take care of the problem. However, if the mold problem is too widespread or in hard-to-reach places like the back of the wallpaper, drywall or underneath the carpet, we suggest hiring someone you trust to do the job for you.
When it comes to protecting your home and your belongings from mold, prevention really is the best way to go. If you can control the amount of moisture in your home, then you can control the amount of mold in your home.
If your property has been damaged by mold, contact us directly, and we can help you get started on working with your property insurance provider to see what recovery you are entitled to.