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10 Tips for Removing Mold from Your Home

Remove Mold From Your Home

The removal of mold will prevent many diseases from attacking you and your family. The absense of mold will also give your home a fresh, clean scent.

Here are some steps on how best to remove mold from your home

  • Clean Roofs and Gutters

    One of the hiding places of mold is in blocked gutters or on top of roofs. Leaves and other wet debris can become trapped and stagnant, providing a great place for mold to fester and grow.

  • Watch out for compost piles

    If you have a compost pile, keep it far from the house to prevent mold spores from entering the house via the basement or walls. If you are moving your compost pile, make sure a protective mask is worn to prevent the inhilation of toxic mold released in the air.

  • Sunshine is important to reduce external moisture

    Homes that are heavily shaded by large trees or overhangs are more likely to have damp, moldy areas. Direct sunlight on the area can reduce the probability of mold. If you have mold allergies, this step is especially important.

  • Disposal of Damaged Materials

    Building materials and furnishings contaminated with mold growth should be placed in sealed water-resistant bags or closed containers while in the remediation area. These materials can usually be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Large items with heavy mold growth should be covered with polyethylene sheeting and sealed with duct tape before being removed from the remediation area.

  • Control moisture levels

    Keeping moisture levels in check is a great way to prevent mold from growing at all. Air conditioning or dehumidifiers can work as an effective check to mold growth. These appliances must be kept clean to avoid contaminating them with mold that can add to the problems for sensitive individuals. They can be cleaned through scrubbing or by spraying them with an aerosol mold remover. The ideal level of humidity inside a home should be between 35 and 40 percent. Levels above 50% allow molds to grow.

  • Remove mold with bleach*

    One of the best ways to get rid of mold is to simply treat it like your toughest laundry stains. In these cases, try bleaching them out.

    The ideal solution is one cup of bleach to 10 cups of water, or a cup of bleach in a gallon of water. Scrub those places inside your home where mold exists. Places best for mold growth are basements, shower curtains, bathrooms, fixtures, floors and walls, shower curtains, tile and behind the toilet, window panes, basement walls, floors and ceilings; and areas around the laundry room.

    *Note: We no longer recommend bleach for dealing with most mold issues. See this article on the 3 reasons why you should not use bleach on mold.

  • Clean your closets

    Mold is often found in shoes or even on clothing. Closets can be a festering ground for mold growth. If asthmatic or allergic reactions do not seem to be getting better, this may be a necessary step. If your closets are carpeted, it may be time to replace them. If mold exposure is unavoidable while cleaning, sensitive people should wear a tight-fitting facemask.

  • Inspect appliances

    Appliances that have mold inside them can increase a sensitized individual’s mold allergies. Proper outdoor ventilation of indoor appliances is especially important for clothes dryers and stoves. Another potential mold spawning ground is the refrigerator drip pan, which can collect great amounts of moisture.

  • Be careful on vacations

    Vacations can be times when mold allergies or reactions worsen. This is especially true for vacations at the beach, woods, or any place where the accommodations are damp or moist. If you have a cabin that you only visit a few times a year, you should properly clean it before each use.

  • Water leakage inside your home

    Replace or remove porous materials such as ceiling tiles, sheet rock, carpeting, and wood products if they have become water logged.

    Drying does not remove all of the dead spores on heavily-molded carpet. Remove all sheet rock to at least 12 inches above the high-water mark. Visually inspect the wall interior and remove any other intrusive molds. This may need to be carried out by a licensed contractor. Any insulation that is damp or wet should be replaced with dry insulation.

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11 thoughts to “10 Tips for Removing Mold from Your Home”

  1. Thank you so much for the information. We have a mold problem in our bathroom that I am trying to work on.

  2. I just have a question concerning myself and my family. we just recently moved intoi a new apt a couple moif months ago. since then I have noriced lots of mold growth in all window sills of the apt. My husband and I have been getting bad headaches daily sometimes more than twice a day. when we leace the house I seem to feel better my headache goes away. my husband also is having sinus pain, I have chest pain,nuasa and sore throat. we also have two very small kids a baby and a toddler.they dont seem to have any signs that are noticable but Iam worried for our health and wellbeing.I know the kold is there and I know we are having symptoms we didnt have before we moved. how should wew clean it up and should we go to the doctor.

  3. I recently tore apart a quilt that had rotted from mildew. I didn’t even think about all the mildew spores that I sent flying around the room until I was covered in hives the next day. What I am wondering is if spraying the house with white vinegar will kill the spores still in the air. I think I will have to detoxify my body but I want the spores to be gone from the house so the hives don’t come back once I am no longer sick from it.

  4. I had always pictured mold just being found under carpet or other unseen places. You mentioned cleaning our closets and looking on our shoes or clothing. Thinking about mold in my shoes or on my clothing is a little bit scary. Thanks for the advice.

  5. Good answer prneproo. . . You absolutely need to dry the book. I would not bring the book inside so as not to cross contaminate your home. Once it is dry you can clean the mold off with a damp rag with soap and water. Scrub it as hard as possible without damaging the book. Mold actually lives off of the paper as a food source. There may be staining left behind. Most of the above is assuming this is not an expensive collectible book and you just want an easy solution to your problem. We do:Water Damage ClearwaterWater Damage TampaWater Damage New Port RicheyWater Damage BrooksvilleWater Damage OdessaMold Removal TampaMold Removal ClearwaterMold Removal New Port RicheyMold Removal BrooksvilleMold Removal Odessa

  6. This was such a good read for me! I really like your point about keeping your composite pile far away from your house. That way the mold that could be growing in there won’t be able to find a way into your house. I also really like what you said about keeping moisture under control, so that there isn’t a place for mold to grow.

  7. I agree that using bleach can be an efficient way to clean mold. Whenever doing this it is good to remember to use gloves as the chemical could damage your skin. I will ask about this the next time my cleaning crew comes to clean my house. Thank you for the tips.

  8. I never knew that humidity above 50% can be a good spot for mold to grow! My wife and I recently moved into a neighborhood that can get very humid, and we are concerned that we will have mold growing in our hot attic. I will be sure to try and control the humidity in our attic with proper ventilation!

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