To locate mold in a home, start using your sense of smell and your eyes. Check out these places to identify mold: near electrical outlets, air ducts, water sources, and around the toilet. If you’re tackling smaller jobs, it is possible to complete it yourself, but of course we recommend you contact us for professional help.
The EPA recommends wearing N-95 respirators, non-porous plastic gloves, and eye protection when dealing with mold spores. Diluting 10% chlorine bleach in water or using a commercial mold treatment solution are other ways to limit exposure. Sometimes it might be easier to replace insulation and building materials that have mold growing on them than to try cleaning them.
Here are a few areas of your home where mold often starts.
Since showers tend to remain damp, this room encourages mold growth. Many bathrooms don’t have sufficient airflow, which leads to condensation. Therefore, the bathroom provides a perfect environment for mold to grow. Pay close attention to the tub area and surrounding areas that frequently get wet. Also, keep an eye out for indications of mold whenever you perform drywall repairs anywhere in the bathroom.
Look for mold in the basement by checking places where water leaked in the past, such as near pipes and bathrooms with plumbing problems. Also, check the bottoms of the walls for mold, if any appears across the surface. If there is insufficient lighting in your basement, this can also contribute to mold growth.
Once mold takes over an attic space, it can quickly spread to any stored items and the surrounding walls. Before starting remediation work, you should remove as many items as possible and clean them thoroughly.
Removing mold from space won't guarantee it won't return. Some homes with mold still have mold months or years after the initial cleaning. Key indicators of the return of mold include poor ventilation, ongoing water leaks, and humidity levels in basements and bedrooms below 50%. It is important to address these issues by purchasing dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
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