Mold isn't safe for anyone, but this is especially true for those with allergies or asthma. If you or someone in your household is at a higher risk of suffering from health problems due to mold, then you want to be extra diligent with regards to keeping your home safe. The information in this article will help you to know just what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find mold somewhere in your home.
How to find any mold in your home
Mold cannot grow if there is no moisture. This means you won't need to worry about watching for mold in any areas of your house that have no chance of being exposed to moisture. The areas you do want to pay close attention to are ones where moisture is a possibility due to leaks, inadequate venting, and anywhere with nearby water.
Under your sinks, near toilets and showers, the ceiling where leaks are possible, the closet where your water heater is stored, the wall near a window AC unit, the floors and walls near plumbing pipes or outside walls, and areas recently exposed to water are all areas you want to check.
Many times it will be the smell that alerts you to a problem with mold. If you are walking through an area in your home and you smell a musky, thick, and stale smell in your home, then you want to look near the area where the smell is. If you are unable to spot mold on nearby walls, ceilings, or floors then you may need to call out a professional mold removal service to help you out. The longer the mold is left alone, the worse the problem will get.
Be proactive with water damage
If you have a flood in your home, your home will be highly susceptible to mold growth and it can grow quickly. Everything in the affected area needs to be completely dried fast. Furniture can be taken outside to be dried and a wet/dry vac can be used to suck up all the water off the floors. After you get up all the water you can, use high-powered fans to finish the job and open all of the windows.
No matter how fast you act with regards to water damage cleanup, you still run the risk of mold. Therefore, you want to keep an eye out and take action if you see any signs of growth.
Getting rid of mold
If you find mold, you may be able to get rid of it yourself. You want to protect yourself with a breathing mask and gloves to clean mold. Take a spray bottle with water and bleach to spray the mold. Use a scrub brush and a rag to clean the affected area until all signs of the mold are gone. For assistance, talk to a professional like RTC Restoration.