June 10, 2013

Do You Have Mold & Mildew In Your Home? Pt. 2

Did you read the first part of Do You Have Mold & Mildew In Your Home? Check it out! It has helpful mold detection tips and explains how mold can get into your home.

Mold removal tips: 
It is always best to call mold remediation experts. After they have addressed your mold issue, the best way to reduce your risk is to stop moisture at the source!

As you have already learned, most of the time, your moisture problem begins in your crawl space. 

The best way to address your mold problem is to encapsulate your crawl space. This is an effective solution because it removes the source of the problem: moisture. 

Proper crawl space encapsulation involves installing a thick, vapor proof barrier over the floor and up the walls (Don't forget to leave a gap towards the top for termite inspection!). This prevents moisture from entering your crawl space through the floor or walls. 

The second step involves sealing the doors and vents. This ensures that outside moisture doesn't enter your crawl space. 

The third and final step is to install a dehumidifier. This will remove any additional moisture in the air, conditioning it and removing any airborne particles. 

In some cases a sump pump may be required to remove the water collected in the dehumidifier, or if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. 

In the event that you find mold in your home, the EPA has helpful mold cleanup guidelines:
  • If the moisture originates from a plumbing leak, fix the leak as soon as possible and dry everything.  
  • Remove mold from hard surfaces by scrubbing with a mixture of water and detergent or bleach. Then dry the surface. 
  • Don't try to hide mold by painting or caulking over it. Remove the affected area, clean it and then apply the paint and caulk. 
  • In the event that your carpet becomes moldy, it might be best to just toss it out. Since carpet is porous it is incredibly difficult to completely eliminate mold once it has set in.
Don't forget: If you discover that you have a mold problem, call in mold remediation experts. Once they have removed the mold, call an encapsulation expert to fix the moisture problem. 

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