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07 Mar 2016

The Small Stuff

Throughout the years, homeowners have cringed at the site of mold in the home. Any mold in large quantities can be hazardous to one’s health. If mold growth is minimal, however, a confident homeowner can take these steps to remove it and prevent its effects.

1. Control the moisture. Mold thrives on moisture. If the source of moisture is eliminated, the mold will be unable to continue growing. Leaks should be fixed. If the room is poorly ventilated, a fan may be used or windows may be opened.

2. Dry all areas thoroughly. The mold cannot be properly cleaned until the area is dry. Use towels and fans to ensure that the area is no longer wet.

3. Scrub the affected areas with a 1-to-8 bleach/water solution. Wear waterproof gloves and old clothing when doing so. Allow the solution to thoroughly penetrate the surface and dry on its own.

4. Run a dehumidifier in the room for three days. You may also add fans. This will help to ensure that the humidity level is lowered, and that the environment is not sustainable for re-growth.

5. Discard any porous or absorbent materials, such as carpets and ceiling tiles. It is nearly impossible to properly clean these.

Defeating mold in your home is a two-pronged effort. The homeowner must remove the existing mold and then prevent its return. It is futile to clean an area which will continue to be moist. The mold will return.

Remember that in many cases, a professional is needed to ensure that cross-contamination does not occur. Additional techniques are also available for more thorough detection and removal, but are only possible with the technology used by a mold remediation specialist.

For more information on the services of Mold Terminator, Inc., call (901) 877-8855 or e-mail us at info@moldterminatorinc.com.

References:
1. Environmental Protection Agency. www.epa.gov. 3 March 2016
2. The Family Handyman. www.familyhandyman.com. 3 March 2016

25 Feb 2016

Preventing Mold Growth In Your Home

It’s an issue that often goes undiscussed. But it can have a major impact on the health of your family. Are you taking proper steps to prevent the unnecessary growth of mold in your home?
The EPA gives several tips on how to prevent the growth of mold in various rooms:

LAUNDRY ROOM. Make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors. An improperly vented dryer will increase humidity in the room. Humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air. If humidity is high, this means there is more moisture in the air, thus creating a more suitable environment for the growth of mold.

BASEMENT. It is common for rooms such as basements to become too humid. For cases such as this, a dehumidifier may be used to help prevent mold growth. A dehumidifier can be purchased at most department stores, with prices starting around $50.00.

KITCHEN. Activities such as washing dishes and cooking may also increase humidity. It is important to use the stove’s exhaust hood to draw moisture and heat out of the kitchen. An exhaust hood should be vented to the outdoors.

BATHROOM. A great deal of water is run in the bathroom, especially when showering. This creates excessive moisture which can lead to mold growth. It is important to run the bathroom’s exhaust fan or open a window when showering.

BEDROOM AND CLOSETS. If you are noticing mold on items such as clothing or furnishings, the room’s humidity is likely too high. Try to keep the indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. If it is not humid outside, open windows to allow fresh air into your home. A humidifier may also be used.

CEILINGS AND WALLS. Water from a roof leak may seep into a wall and cause the paint to buckle and peel. Before painting over these areas, fix the water problem.

GENERAL. Keep your home and furnishings dry. If things get wet, dry them quickly. This should be done within 24 to 48 hours.

If you suspect a mold problem in your home, it may be time to call a professional for evaluation. Mold Terminator is always available to assist you in this area. Feel free to contact us at (901) 877-8855 or info@moldterminatorinc.com.

SOURCES:
1. Environmental Protection Agency Website. www.epa.gov. 24 February 2016
2. Climate Education for K-12. www.climate.ncsu.edu. 24 February 2016