With so much in the news about the dangers of mold in your home, and the associated health risks, it is easy to get carried away with fear. As with most things, however, a little knowledge goes a long way – getting a clearer picture of the issues and solutions will not only reduce fear, but will also arm you with preventative tools. Mold has been with us since the beginning of time. Believe it or not, you already have mold in your house. Leave a loaf of bread on your counter for a couple of weeks and you will see it grow. All mold needs to thrive and multiply is a food source, a little water, and oxygen.
Building materials are good food source for mold spores. Add water (you do not need to add oxygen since it’s everywhere) and you have a mold problem. Water is the key to understanding and controlling mold since it is the only mold-growth factor you can control.
What To Do About Mold
You can clean mold yourself if it appears in small amounts. If you find a large amount of mold, or if you suffer from any kind of lung condition, you should get someone else to clean it for you. You can scrub mold found on hard surfaces with water and detergent. Mold in absorbent materials, however, such as carpets, is more difficult to clean. Better to just throw the carpet out. If you have a flood in your home, it is critical to dry things up quickly. Call in an expert who specializes in flood clean-up. Government web sites offer free and detailed common sense guides on how to clean mold:
Mold may be here to stay but it can be controlled. Look for dampness in your home and deal with it promptly.
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