Black & Green: 4 Steps to Take After Discovering Mold in Your Home

Black & Green: 4 Steps to Take After Discovering Mold in Your Home
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    Finding mold in your home can be very worrisome.

    Not only does it pose a threat to your property, but it is also a potential health hazard for you and your family.

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If you find mold growing in your home, it’s important to take the right precautions to ensure it is removed properly and doesn’t spread further. Here are four important steps you need to take when you find mold in your home.

Get an Inspection Done ASAP

Mold is a bit like insect infestations in that, when you find some of it growing, there’s likely more in your house that you can’t see. To determine just how bad your mold problem is, you need to bring in a professional inspector as soon as possible. An inspector will examine your house for further mold infestations, tell you exactly what you’re dealing with and provide recommendations for treating it.

Treat the Affected Areas

Once you know where the mold in your house is, you can start the task of getting rid of it. For minor mold problems, you can usually take care of this yourself by applying a diluted mixture of about 1/2 cup of household bleach in about a quart of water. This mixture will kill mold on surfaces, but if your mold problem goes deeper into your house, you’ll want to have a professional mold mitigation service come in to get rid of it for you. If you use the bleach mixture, be sure to keep the area you’re working in well-ventilated.

Have Damaged Areas Renovated

If left unchecked for too long, mold can do serious damage to your home, even to the point of harming it structurally. If your home has suffered severe mold damage, you’ll need to renovate the areas that were affected. The degree of renovation that will need to be done will vary based on how bad the initial damage was.

If your mold damage is on the outside of your home, you may want to get a siding contractor, such as one from Lifetime Exteriors, that specializes in mold remediation to help you.

Get an Air Purifier and a Dehumidifier

If your home got mold once, there’s a good chance it can happen again. Once you’ve got the mold cleaned up and the damage dealt with, you should invest in a HEPA air purifier and a dehumidifier for your home. The air purifier will help to remove free mold spores from the air, while the dehumidifier will keep moisture from accumulating. Between the two, you can keep your home from being a good environment for mold to grow in.

Mold damage is a serious issue that you should take care of as soon as you discover it. Your home’s value and your own health can be adversely affected by bad mold infestations. Use these tips to deal with existing mold damage and prevent future recurrences of it.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.