Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Kill Mold in Your House Or Office

How to Kill Mold in Your House Or Office
Basements are often damp and become good breeding-grounds for mold and its problems. Don't take mold lightly; it can do structural damage to your home and its toxic spores can make you and your whole family sick. Got mold in your basement? You need to do something about it.

A warm, moist, poorly ventilated basement is an ideal place for mold to grow and can be a large problem in many homes. When mold becomes a problem it won't go away by itself. Someone who knows how to kill mold is going to have to take the right steps to get rid of it. Here's how to kill mold and reclaim your basement.

When you start to work with mold it is a good idea to first nail down the causes and sources of the moisture that mold needs in order to grow. In any mold-cleaning projects for basements, to be effective you need to look at the levels of humidity, and see where the moisture is coming from.

So Here Is What You Do:

1. Find The Sources Of Moisture.
First, stop all the water leaks. Repair plumbing fixtures and all leaks coming from above. Move water sources away from basement walls and floors and let them dry out. Look at increasing ventilation in the basement or maybe adding a dehumidifier.

Beyond that here are some common sources of leaks and water entry points that lead to basement mold problems:

Examine the ceiling carefully for water stains. A visible stain track will usually show you where any water was coming down. This can be followed right to the source and stopped.

Air conditioning (and sometimes heater) tubing may have condensation which could feed mold problems. Condensation usually happens when warm, moist air and colder things run into each other.

If the basement has windows, look at the corners, the fitting seals and any cracks in each window. Look for water stains or ways water could get in.

Check the dry wall and wall panels along the perimeter walls. Look for water stains. Check to see if they have any mold or mildew problems inside.

Pull up a corner of any carpeting, check for water stains or mold growth underneath it.

2. Kill Mold
That done, now it's time to get down to how to kill mold and how to clean mold up so it doesn't come back!

Good breathing protection is the first part of how to kill mold. Make certain that all who are, or might be there are wearing good respiratory protectors, like painters face masks or similar. This is critically important. You want to kill the mold and not let it kill you! Guard your breathing and lungs before you stir up mold spores! Then, go after the mold, attacking it at the source.

Some building materials, moldings, carpet, etc. are likely to be damaged. Remove these if they cannot be salvaged.

Spray affected areas (where mold is visible) with a mold cleaning product or anti-fungal liquid (there are several good types that are commercially available). This will loosen the spores and surface material to prepare for surface scrubbing.

Get the mold off of affected areas. Wipe them down, use a stiff-bristled brush where appropriate; sand the area or attack the mold using a sander or a wire brush.

Use your anti-fungal liquid to spray again, then clean again.

3. Spray 
Finally, either spray with long-lasting anti-mold fungicide or paint with anti-fungal paint, to make sure the mold does not come back.

Also take care to make sure that the future humidity levels of the basement area remain low. Remember, "Mold won't grow where the humidity is low!" How to kill mold? One good way is to dry out the place where it might grow.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for discussing the first step in your three step process for killing mold at length. In my experience, one of the hardest parts of treating mold is actually finding the source of the mold. Sometimes you treat a spot that you think is the epicenter of mold only to discover that it comes back in a few weeks.

    Rolando Glover @ Eco Pure Restoration