Finding mold in your house is the last thing a homeowner wants to encounter. Not only is it unsightly and smells unpleasant, but it can pose a serious health threat to you and your family.
- Take steps up front to prevent mold in your home by checking gutters and downspouts to ensure water is draining away from your foundation.
- Check under sinks and near dishwashers and clothing washers for any leaking and repair immediately.
- Finally, use bathroom fans when showering to limit moisture.
After taking these steps, if you still encounter mold, don’t fear! Here are our top tips for dealing with it.
- Take precautions. When cleaning mold, make sure to wear proper protection, such as eye covers, face masks, and rubber gloves. Keep children and pets out of rooms where mold exists and run fans or dehumidifiers to expel moisture.
- Use proper cleaning solutions. The best way to remove mold depends on the surface it has grown on. For interior walls and flooring, use a mixture of bleach, detergent, and water with a sponge or mop. For exterior walls or cement, use the mixture alongside a strong bristled brush to scrub the area.
- Clean clothing immediately. To prevent the transfer of mold spores, place clothing worn while cleaning in a plastic bag and wash separately with hot water.
- Hire a professional. If the mold is extensive, it may be beneficial to hire a professional. A good rule to follow is to call for help if affected surfaces surpass 10 square feet.
Article provided by Breakthrough Broker