The first thing you need to do when you’re at home and you notice any mold problems is to check for possible plumbing leaks. Since mold really thrives in a warm, damp environment, you will need to check for any possible problems with your plumbing. The tips ahead will give you an idea what you must do to make that happen:
- Begin by doing a good inspection on your water pipes, plumbing fixtures, waste lines and so forth. If there is a leak, then you will likely be able to spot it easily. You should let the water run through the pipes, checking for possible leaks along the way, as well as damp spots that could mean very slight leaks that happened. In some cases the dampness may even spread in any direction through possible absorbent materials, so it will take some work to find where its coming from.
- You should never ignore mold if you see any signs of it. If left alone for far too long you will face other, bigger problems such as wood rot and worse. You must forget about simply wiping it down and leaving it as it is, just focus on finding the leak and the source of dampness as it will be the main reason for recurring mold infestation.
- You must also inspect the window wells, flashing and vents. You must check for leaks on your walls and roof if you see anything growing on the exterior of your home. You must figure out the exact spot by measuring its location from the inside, checking for a possible breach. Another thing that must be done is to check the roof flashing, vents and anywhere else you may see rotting wood. Check for possible sloping ground toward the home itself and any possible excessive dampness. If the ground around the foundations of your home is far too damp, then the moisture may find a way inside, creating excellent conditions for mold growth.
- If mold forms on your ceiling under a duct and you see no sign of any roof leaks, then this means you may be dealing with some bad ductwork. Moist, warm air can condense and form droplets of water on the surface of ducts that carry cold air. This condensation means you have a faulty vapor barrier, which will eventually saturate the wall and insulation, allowing the ever-present mold spores to bloom. When you’re dealing with cold weather you will see the exact opposite, moisture will gather anywhere you have warm air escaping outside, like gaps in the joints between duct sections.
- You should test places where you have what you suspect might be mold. It can be done with relative ease, just use a swab with diluted bleach in a 1:16 parts, then use it to dab the wall. If you see the spot returning after you’re done doing that, then you can safely assume it is mold. You can find mold test kits that will help you figure out what type of mold you’re dealing with.
- If you want to keep it from coming back, you will need to spray the area with a good antimicrobial treatment to do so. In a basement or a larger area where you feel a musty odor, the best approach would be fogging it. If you have a single location where you see mold, you should apply an antimicrobial and fungicidal cleaner so it won’t grow back.