Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions concerning mold and mold removal. While this list is by no means all-inclusive, by reading it you’ll come to see that there are general practices, which other unmentioned problems could be taken care of. Keeping things dry is probably the most recurring theme. Mold, mildew and fungus need moisture to reproduce. By keeping your home dry, you are already ahead of the game.
If you’re a homeowner, it’s recommended that you have your house tested. Testing of moldy materials or air sample testing identifies mold types possibly present but does not identify the cause/source of moisture. However, mold type does not change the procedures for cleaning up areas of mold that are smaller than three square meters. You’re going to want to clean up the moldy area no matter what kind of mold it may be.
If you’re thinking about adding moisture to the air, which is essentially what humidifiers do, you’re going to want to measure the humidity beforehand. Air that feels dry may not be really dry; it may be moldy. Even if you’re thinking about putting a humidifier in a room with rugs and plush furniture, you might think about having a professional take a look at it, so that he or she can tell you what you might be able to do in order to prevent the growth of mold.
Ordinary vacuums only capture large particles; while small mold spores pass through the vacuum and back into the air. This is why sometimes vacuuming can be counterproductive for asthmatics and those people who’re easily irritated by air-born spores and particles. More efficient vacuums have special filters that capture small particles. A central vacuum cleaner also removes mold spores. A regular portable vacuum is useful only if its exhaust goes outside the home. Vacuuming removes settled dust that contains an accumulation of mold spores over time. Reducing the settled dust reduces molds.
Painting over mold only makes the problem worse. Paint does not kill the mold nor stop it from growing; in fact it only increases the chances of having further mold problems. It could even cause structural damage to the house, if it is left long enough. If you can wash a moldy surface before painting it, then you ought to. Use detergent specifically designed for mold removal. There are many brands to choose from.
Remember, mold will reappear time and again until the source of moisture is removed. If you have a moist area that is not cleaned for long periods of time, the mold is going to come back. The longer it is left, the worse the damage is. Cleaning is only a temporary, but essential measure.
If you weren’t able to answer your question by reading this list, you’ll be able to look at other internet pages, seeing that now more than ever there is a surge of information related to mold and mold removal on the internet. It’s important that you consider the problem in all of its aspects; and not only those that are most apparent, that is, those which you most often see.
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