Mold is a silent killer that affects many households. It is especially harmful to children, older people and those with existing respiratory problems, such as asthma. Mold often goes unnoticed by homeowners until the damage has become extensive. It is important to know how to recognize mold in the home. Once you have verified that you have a mold problem, it is even more important to know how to get rid of it and keep it from returning.
The bathroom is humid due in part to the fact that bathrooms are, in general, poorly ventilated. This gives the moisture a chance to accumulate in the room. If you take very hot showers and there is a lot of steam produced, the steam will then permeate every crevice in the room, allowing mold to establish a foothold.
As with bathrooms, laundry rooms are, in general, poorly ventilated, and many times, ventilation depends entirely upon the dryer exhaust alone. These dryer exhaust vents can develop leaks in the hose, which allows the hot, humid air to escape into the room itself. How to Prevent Mold
Here are some simple tips to prevent mold from forming in your home:
Cleaning up a mold problem can be a costly and lengthy ordeal. If the mold is discovered soon enough, you may save yourself thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs. If you discover that you do have a mold problem, you must remedy the source of the moisture, whether it is a water leak or high humidity in the room.
After you have fixed the trouble that caused the mold, you must clean up the mold. The best way to clean mold is to use water with detergent in it. I find that a little bleach in the mix really helps. The bleach not only kills the mold but also helps to lessen the stains left behind.
After cleaning the mold from the surfaces affected, be sure to dry them thoroughly. This can be done with something as simple as a room fan or even a hair dryer. At times, the damage may be too extensive and a simple cleaning will not suffice. If the area affected is a portion of wall, you can simply cut that section out and patch the hole with a new piece of drywall. The same goes for baseboards as well.
There is no 100 percent effective way to prevent mold; however, if you know what to look for, you can recognize it before someone in your family is affected or you have to pay for expensive cleanup and repairs.
By Nicholos Poma