The Five Don’ts Of Dealing With Mold
Unchecked water damage will eventually begat mold. How your mold problem is handled is important of course, but equally important is what you should not do. Some of the most common mold related mistakes include:
1) Ignoring the signs of mold in your home. This would include allergic reaction such as sneezing, watery eyes, and skin irritations. Also, the visual presence of mold is a clear giveaway to the problem, usually accompanied by a strong, musty smell and water stains on ceiling, flooring, and drywall.
2) Ignoring the basics of home maintenance. Homeowners often unwittingly become the propagators of mold when they ignore issues such as leaky roofs, damaged plumbing, sewer line failures, and the presence of higher than average humidity (60% or more). A wet basement can also be an excellent breeding ground for mold.
3) Presuming there is no mold problem because it isn’t visible. Keep in mind that often, mold growth is not readily apparent, since mold grows within wall cavities, above ceilings, or between carpeting and flooring, not to mention crawlspaces and heating vents.
4) Presuming that dry areas are not at risk for mold growth. While mold needs moisture to grow and multiply, once an area is dried out that does not mean the mold dies. It simply becomes dormant and waits for conditions to return to a level that allows it to grow again. Even dormant mold is enough to make you sick, and it can still provide a very unpleasant smell in your home or business.
5) Making use of bleach to kill mold. Chlorine bleach should never be used to kill mold, as it is most certainly not an effective mold deterrent. No manufacturer recommends bleach to kill mold, nor does the EPA. All bleach will do is, well, bleach the mold. The spores will continue to grow and propagate until they are properly treated and the affected area sanitized and dried out to prevent the problem from returning.
No, mold is a problem that needs to be addressed by a professional and experienced mold removal company. They will have the experience and the tools necessary to eliminate your mold problem and make sure that it does not return.