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How to Get Rid of Mold: Prevention is Key

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Once you have detected spore growth, it is important to know how to get rid of mold! Allowing mold to continue to grow and manifest will cause the problem to get worse, even increasing the risk of health issues. It is highly recommended to find the source of your mold growth, isolate it, clean it, and then prevent growth from coming back. Don't worry! You don't have to be an expert in mold removal. Here is some information for you to use in your mold abatement task.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that feeds on decomposing organic matter. Rapid reproduction helps microscopic mold to very quickly turn into a huge problem! Thriving in mild temperatures, it can be a constant threat to households that are found in cool, damp climates.

Mold and mildew can visually be almost any color with black and green being the most common colors found in homes. Below are simple methods to help reduce and prevent mold growth.

Proper Home Construction

Homes are designed to keep rain and weather out, but improperly built homes can have much water damage over time. If moisture is allowed to enter your home through a leaky roof, window, exterior door, or exterior wall, mold will begin to bloom in very hard to find areas. Attics, filled with insulation, can become cesspools of mold and mildew. Drywall will rot from behind and will not be noticeable until the mold has grown through your paint film. Open windows or improperly built window frames can allow rainwater to pool and soak into your window sills, even dampening the interior drywall. All of these problems must be fixed to prevent mold!

  • Inspect your roof for damage or missing shingles and replace. Roof leaks can create a huge problem if left unintended.
  • Look for rotting wood or siding on your exterior walls and replace. Cracks, holes, or rotten wood can allow moisture to easily seep into your home creating an environment for mold to grow in.
  • Caulk in your window frames and make sure moisture is not entering at any place. Improperly build or ill-sealed windows can allow moisture to enter into your home, even soaking nearby drywall.
  • Check your door frames and make sure they are sealed. Use caulk to fill in any holes or cracks.
  • Bonus: Finding these problems and fixing them will most likely make your home more energy efficient! While preventing mold growth, you will be keeping precious heat or air conditioning from exiting your home.

Improper Air Circulation

Leaky Ducts

Your home must have proper ventilation in order to properly release stagnate air, moisture, smoke, and any fume that should not be trapped. Make sure your high-moisture bathroom has a proper exhaust system. The better your bathroom exhaust system performs, the more likely you'll prevent mold from growing.

Likewise, the rest of your home will need proper ventilation to allow moisture and airborne contaminants to exit. Check your duct work and make sure there is no condensation. When warm and cold air mix, the dew point will change thus creating areas of high moisture. If you have visible mold growing on your returns, chances are you have a leaky duct. If you can, have your ducts replaced or find the source of your leak and patch it.

Mold Removal

Detergent kills mold completely is a common misconception. Detergent will kill a lot of the mold, but spores will remain and grow again. Slick surfaces that have surface mold growing can be easily cleaned with detergent with a minimal of regrowth. However, porous surfaces like drywall will need to be replaced. Once mold grows deep into drywall, it is nearly impossible to clean and kill every spore. Regrowth is inevitable. Replace the affected area before more mold damage occurs. Mold removal can be very difficult if the problem has had the opportunity to grow, so always stop mold from occurring as soon as it is visible. 

Additional Prevention

Once you've located the source of your mold, whether it be a leaky duct or roof leak, have a professional fix the problem or do-it-yourself! Remember, don't try to attempt any large repairs without knowing what you are about to do.

Ask for advice, read articles online, or visit a local supply store and ask an expert.

Once fixed, you should begin to see a decline in mold-related problems at least in the area that has been corrected. A corrected roof will should not allow water to drain into your home. A properly working exhaust fan in your bathroom should be venting moisture outside.

Fortunately, there are products on the paint market that will also help to fight and prevent future mold growth. Duration Home Interior Latex and Harmony Zero VOC Acrylic Latex both contain anti-microbial properties that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film. Therefore, mold will not be able to penetrate into your paint film to attack your drywall.

If you have a growth problem, it is important to find out how to get rid of mold. Neglecting growth can cause health consequences, so be prepared to fix any problems to reduce and prevent future blooms.

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