Battling with mold in your home? Instead of risking your health any further, here’s how to get rid of it and keep it out for good!
What is mold?
Mold is a natural occurrence in the outdoors but it’s not something we want growing inside our homes. Living with mold can cause huge health problems and can damage your whole home if not treated properly, and not treated fast.
All what it takes for mold to spread in your home is for the mold spores to float on in, and land on a moist surface to begin the growth process. This is a huge problem in homes that have a basement or cellar that is often cold, damp, and does not receive sunshine. This is the perfect environment for mold to call home. There are several different types of mold but they all need the same type of environment in order to thrive.
The problem with mold in our homes is that it can cause serious health problems for humans and for pets. In the majority of cases, mold brings on respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Some molds create what is known as mycotoxins that can lead to severe health risks especially when the exposure to these mycotoxins is at a high level, which can cause neurological issues and can even, be fatal.
Symptoms of exposure to mold include a runny nose, sinus congestion, nasal congestion, watery eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, chest tightness, problems breathing, wheezing, cough, irritation of the throat, rash, headache, and sneezing. Individuals that have asthma or other respiratory conditions can have serious health issues that may lead to death if they are exposed to mold for long durations.
A simple way to remove mold from your home is to start off with an easy mildew removal session. Before you begin, make sure to protect yourself with rubber gloves, goggles, and a dust mask to prevent breathing in the mold spores.
You can use a mold and mildew cleaning spray or you can easily make one yourself at home. Mix one part bleach and four parts water and pour into in a spray bottle. Using a damp cloth or sponge, scrub mold away until completely gone. To finish off, dry the area with a soft, dry cloth.
If you don’t have mold in your home or just finished a thorough cleaning session, you’ll definitely want to follow our steps on how to keep mold out for good! Remember that mold and mildew like warm, moist, and dark spaces. Keep your windows and curtains open during the day to encourage lots of natural light. If you notice condensation gathering on your windows or walls, make sure to dry it right away to prevent mold from forming.
You’ll also want to remember to clean, dust, and vacuum your home often to get rid of dormant spores waiting to find an ideal area to grow.
If you are unfortunate to have a serious mold problem, consider calling in the professionals. Mold remediation is done by a professional waterproofing company that will test all areas for mold, then waterproof the lower levels of your home including your foundation, and then they will completely clean the area to ensure all mold is gone. When the experts check for mold they will let you know if the mold is between the walls and exactly what needs to be done to remove all mold and keep it out.
When you look to hire a company to rid your home of mold, ensure that you choose a company that has years of experience. You should also choose a local company that understands the type of mold that can grow in your area and how to get rid of it.