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Getting Rid of Mold
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Mold plays an important role in our natural environment. In nature it will perform such tasks as breaking down dead trees and leaves. Mold is meant to stay in nature, and not be present inside the home. Once it makes its way into the home, it can pose problems. There are different types of mold. Therefore mold may present itself in many different colors and shapes. At times, mold will put off an unpleasant scent. This is often described as a musty smell, or even a sour smell.

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Mold allergies are not uncommon. Those who are allergic to mold may experience symptoms such as a runny nose, persistent cough, or wheezing. Stronger reactions are also possible. Inflammation in the lungs or sinuses are both possible. The sooner mold is removed, the better.

Preventing Mold

It will not be necessary to be concerned about getting rid of mold if you take preventative action. The following tips will help prevent mold from forming inside your home:
  • Water leaks or spills should be dried as quickly as possible. Areas in which moisture is present should be dried no more than 48 hours after saturation has occurred.
  • Keep roof gutters clean and in good shape at all times.
  • To prevent water from running towards the foundation, the ground will need to slope away from the home.
  • Air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines need to be cleaned and checked to ensure that they are flowing correctly.
  • Keep indoor humidity levels as low as possible. The percentage level should be less than 50. A ventilation system in bathrooms will be helpful. A dehumidifier can be used in other areas of the home if needed.

Getting Rid of Mold

Minor mold problems can be handled without the help of professionals. Dangerous mold, such as black mold, should only be removed by a mold removal expert. Should you wish to remove mold on your own, certain precautions need to be taken. Be sure to do the following:
  • Wear old clothes that can be disposed of when the job is complete.
  • Have a respirator mask, goggles, and gloves on hand and ready to wear.
  • Locate an old fan that can be used to ventilate the room. This fan will need to be thrown away once the job is complete, as mold spores will attach themselves to it.
  • Turn off central heat and air, and cover indoor ducts.
A wet/dry vacuum can be used to remove loose mold. The vacuum unit needs to be kept outside the home when in use. Keep the moldy areas wet as you clean. This will weigh down mold spores and keep them from escaping into the air. Surfaces will need to be scrubbed with a bleach solution in order to kill the mold. Wood surfaces should only be sealed or painted after you are certain that the mold has been removed. 

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Darin Redding
Written on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 09:18 by Darin Redding

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