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FAQ'S About Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

FAQ’S about Mold

Being knowledgeable about the causes and risks of mold, as well as how to best remove and prevent it from happening can help you successfully deal with mold problems or avoid them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about mold in homes:

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that lives almost everywhere there is moisture, oxygen, and organic matter. Mold plays a significant role in nature as it helps decompose organic material. However, mold that is indoors  can cause structural problems to buildings and homes.

1.Where does mold grow in homes?

Mold commonly grows in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the basementand bathroom. Mold can also grow in hidden areas of the home, such as behind walls, under the floor, in the air conditioning, the crawl space or in the attic.

2.When does mold become a problem?

Although all homes have mold spores in them, larger patches of mold growth can cause health issues and structural damage. Signs of mold in the home include a musty odor and the visible black or white specks in areas of your home that have a water problem

3. Can I clean up mold myself?

As it is always better to hire a certified mold removal company, you might be able to remove small patches of mold yourself (which are smaller than 10 square feet). When you’re not sure how to remove mold, or if the infested area is larger than 10 square feet, contact a qualified professional.

4. How do I clean up mold?

 Mold is harder than most people think to clean up. You should wear protective clothing to reduce exposure to the mold. Then, you need to contain the mold, so that it doesn’t spread to other rooms. After that, fix the water problem and dry the affected surface. To clean up mold, scrub a mixture of household detergent and water on the surface (don’t use bleach).

5.How can I prevent mold growth in my home?

Preventing mold requires fixing moisture problems in your home. Repair leaks in the walls, roof, gutters, and plumbing pipes, keep indoor humidity at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, ventilate appliances that generate moisture, and keep the gutter system clean.

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