Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Houston has 2.2 million people over 600 square miles. Two other things that Houston has an abundance of is sunshine and moisture. Unfortunately, the heat and high humidity levels lead to mold that is both ugly and unhealthy.
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), exposure to damp and moldy environments in some sensitive people can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, eye irritation, or skin irritation. People with actual mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immunocompromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses may get serious infections in their lungs when exposed to mold. To keep your family safe follow the steps to identify, remove, and prevent mold in your home.
Certainly, old food in the fridge covered with a greenish fuzz has developed mold. You can easily spot visible mold and mildew around the house as tiny black pepper-like sprinkles. Sometimes is shows up as that powdery gray-black stuff on damp outdoor furniture. Sometimes, a light orange film grows in between the tiles in your bathroom.
When you have a high concentration of mold, not only will you see it, you may even smell it. Often it is described as musty, earthy or even dank- like wet socks. Professional mold remediation teams are experts in finding and identifying hidden mold in your home. After you find it, someone must get rid of it.
Many ordinary household products will clean mold. You can scrub away the surface mold with a bleach/water/detergent combination. The bleach in the cleaning mixture kills the mold, and the detergent helps lift it off the surface and the water washes it away. Then put out dehumidifiers and fans to dry the now-cleaned areas for at least three days; check for mold after three days. If you discover more mold, clean again with bleach.
Caution– A few types of mold are highly toxic. If you are especially sensitive to mold or a have heavy infestation inside your home, you should definitely hire a professional to test and treat your home.
After you have the mold removed, you’ll want to prevent it in the future. The key is to control dampness. The worst infestations usually occur in 1) high humidity climates, 2) damp crawl spaces and attics, and 3) in homes with poor foundation drainage. Take action to plug leaks, ensure good ventilation in attics and crawl spaces and route water away from the foundation.
After you’re sure the mold has been eliminated, seal the wood surfaces an oil-based primer like KILZ. Consider repainting cleaned wall surfaces with a regular latex paint that contains a mildewcide to help stop future mold growth. Mildewcide in the paint is helpful for controlling surface mold in damp rooms like bathrooms. The paint will stop mold from reappearing, but can’t completely stop all fungal growth and black mold; all the mold must have been removed before you apply the paint.
Containing large mold infestations can be bad for your health, particularly if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system. When you discover an extensive mold problem, use rigorous protective measures and call in a professional to handle it such as ServiceMaster by Century.
Many homeowners underestimate the danger mold presents. While mold is generally thought of as unsightly, it can actually be dangerous to your family. If left unchecked can degrade and damage your home’s physical structure. Focusing on the visible problem is never enough to completely decontaminate a property; surface mold is only a small portion of the problem. When surface mold shows, there is typically mold growth underneath the structure that needs to be treated to completely eliminate mold spores.
Since mold can grow in 24-48 hours, get ahead of the problem now. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is your expert Houston based, full service, mold removal company. They have the talent and tools to keep you and your family safe. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is always ready to restore your home with 24/7/365 service at 832-925-3468 or smcentury.com