How to Deal with Mold in the House?
Mold is a common problem in many houses. It is harmful to the health and wellbeing of people while also damaging property. There are many ways to avoid mold from becoming a problem. But sometimes, it is too late to try to avoid it and one has to consider how to get rid of it. This article looks at what mold is and how to deal with it is already starting to spread.
Mold is a microorganism, which means it is too small to see with just the eyes. They are only visible when thousands of them have started to grow on a surface already. Even under a microscope, the spores or hair-like structures are already formations of small colonies of mold. They are a normal part of the environment and cannot be avoided completely. These microorganisms mostly feed on dead organic material. This dead organic material can be anything from dead skin to clothing or leaves, wood and plants.
The mold growing on furniture or walls slowly eats them up and damages them permanently. Some molds also release toxins which are harmful for people. Some people are also allergic to mold and can experience breathing problems when there is higher concentration of mold.
Once it starts increasing and growing on a surface, mold becomes visible in either green, blue or black color. The more mold there is, the faster it grows, so it is important to deal with it as soon as possible.
How To Deal With The Mold?
How to deal with the mold depends on how much of it is present and where it is located. If there is only a small amount of mold, you may scrub the moldy area with soapy water, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Some specialist products are marketed for cleaning Few common places in the house, where there is more moisture and mold has more chances of growing, are the kitchen and bath rooms. These should be regularly inspected for mold and cleaned, if needed.
For people who have allergies to mold, or other breathing issues, like asthma, should try to get someone else to clean the mold. This is because mold can get airborne during the cleaning process and can be inhaled. There is already a higher concentration of spores present in the air around the area where mold is growing.
After The Mold Has Been Cleaned
After the mold has been cleaned, check for the sources or reasons why mold was growing there in the first place. Mold can only grow in the presence of water or moisture. It is advisable to check the sources that contribute to the water or moisture in that area and remove or minimise that source.
There is not much of a point to remove the mold if you do not also remove the source of moisture or water that helped the mold to grow.
- If the moisture issue stays, mold will grow back after the cleaning up. It is therefore also very important to dry the area properly after cleaning the mold. It is a common mistake that after the area has been scrubbed and cleaned up of the mold, the soapy water or the solution used in the cleaning is not properly wiped off. This ultimately leads to even quickier regrowth of the mold.
- If boxes are being stored, allow some fresh air to flow between the boxes and the walls. Don’t store boxes right up against a corner inside a cupboard or even in a room where there has been mold growing before.
- If there is mold growing under or around a window, that points to bad insulation which either allows moisture to continuously enter the house or might be a bigger issue that lets water (e.g. from rain or condensation) to leak to the walls around the window. Such issues need to be addressed by a builder who can improve the insulation and weather tightness of the windows.
- Also importantly, if there is a big mold problem in between the walls, a badly implemented fix may result in increasing the exposure to the mold.
- If there is a constant source of moisture, e.g. shower, cooking or laundry, then some changes are recommended to reduce the moisture contribution from these sources.
- At the minimum, an extractor or exhaust fan should be used to remove the moisture from the indoor air.
After the mold has been cleaned and the possible sources of moisture have been minimised or removed, two practices are recommended on an ongoing basis:
- Try to ventilate the area and allow fresh air to circulate regularly. This should get rid of any excess mold spores that might be gathering indoors.
- To start using a dehumidifier.
This can keep the level of moisture under control and therefore avoid mold from growing.
Thank you for reading.
We hope this article provided helpful information about how to effectively deal with mold in the house and stop it from coming back. The takeaway is to be diligent and keep an eye out for water damage, use a good dehumidifier, clean up any spills or leaks as soon as possible. In case of any leaks or permanent problems, have them evaluated and repaired in a timely manner.