Maintaining the integrity of your home requires constant vigilance. Ensuring that your home isn't adversely affected by mold growth is important not only to the structural stability of your property but to your family's health as well. Mold can spread rapidly if it is not addressed in a timely manner, so knowing how to deal with mold is a must for any homeowner.
Here are three tips that you can use when dealing with mold in the future:
1. Make sure you actually have mold.
Many homeowners first spot mold in the form of mildew. Mildew starts out as black spots in areas where moisture is present in the home. Determining if you are dealing with stubborn dirt or mildew can be challenging at times. Fortunately, there is a simple test that you can use to help you determine if you actually have mold.
Once you notice black spots forming in your home, dab a little household bleach onto the spots with a cotton swab. If the dabbed areas begin to turn white, then you have mildew. If they remain black, then you just have stubborn dirt.
2. Eliminate mold growth immediately.
Experts estimate that mold growth can occur in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Spores spread quickly, and mold can colonize rapidly. It's important that you eliminate all mold growth immediately to prevent your home from harboring dangerous spores and colonies that could compromise structural stability and your family's health.
In addition to cleaning up any visible mold, you should open up walls and remove cabinets or fixtures to eliminate unseen mold growth that could become a problem in the future.
3. Prevent future mold growth.
Once you have successfully eliminated any mold that exists within your home, you need to be proactive in preventing mold from growing back in the future.
Be sure to conduct a thorough inspection of your home's plumbing for signs of leaks, and repair any leaks immediately to eliminate the moisture needed for mold to flourish. Cover walls with paint that contains a mildewcide to deter mold from growing on the surfaces in your home.
Dealing with mold can be challenging, but the successful elimination and deterrence of mold growth are essential to the safety of your home and family. Be sure that you can accurately identify mold, that you eliminate both visible and unseen mold growth, and that you take action to prevent mold from growing back in the future. Contact a company like American Environmental Construction LLC for more information and assistance.