· Sources of moisture
· A place to growThe following sections will provide you with ways that you can realize the indications of mold, how to prevent it from occurring, and how to get rid of it if it is present in your home…
How to Prevent Mold
Mold can be prevented from further damaging your home by continuing to check for the following:
· Moisture condensation on windows
· Cracking of plasterboard
· Drywall tape or wallpaper loosening
· Wood warping or cupping
· Musty smell
If any of the above is seen, seek out and take steps to eliminate the source of water penetration as quickly as possible.
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Mold is the #1 cause for allergic symptoms, and has been linked to several cases of fatal pulmonary disorders. Unless the source of moisture is removed and the contaminated area is cleaned and disinfected, mold growth is likely to reoccur.
Solutions to a Mold Problem
In the event of serious mold problem there is a possibility that some possessions may need to be discarded due to contamination. In deciding what should go and what should stay, one should use their best judgment. If the material can absorb water, it is considered porous. Porous materials may need to be thrown out or decontaminated if exposed to long periods of dampness. Materials such as hard plastic, glass and metal usually can be cleaned and disinfected. When disinfecting your home, the first step is to identify the moisture problem. Remove the source of moisture and begin the clean up and drying out process immediately. Mold-contaminated materials should be bagged and discarded. Remove and replace all sheetrock and insulation damaged by water up to a minimum of 12 inches above the high water mark. You will need to visually inspect to see if you need to remove more than the 12 inches. Clean surfaces with a non-ammonia soap/detergent and hot water or a commercial cleaner. Thoroughly scrub and rinse clean with water. After cleaning apply disinfection solution of household bleach to the surface: recommend to start with 1 part Clorox to 10 parts water; 1:10. If the mold has already started to grow back, try a stronger solution. Bleach solution should be applied with a handheld garden sprayer. Be sure to thoroughly wet the studs, wall cavities, and floors. Use wet-dry vacuum to collect the extra solution. Dry out the affected area as quickly as possible, using fans and dehumidifiers. Recommend up to six weeks or more for the drying process before installing new building materials.