Mold can be quite the annoyance for your home and family so it’s important to be able to identify the signs and effectively combat mold before it gets out of control. Besides being a disturbance to the aesthetics some types of mold can also pose serious health problems for the respiratory system. Mold is especially troublesome in humid environments but can be troublesome in almost any part of the world. Here we’ll look at how you can easily identify the signs of mold and some creative home solutions to combat mold.
Identify Problem Areas
The first step to fighting mold in your home is finding the problem areas where it may occur if it hasn’t already. The basic premise for mold to thrive is a damp and dark place so look for locations in your home that fit the description. If you have a leaky basement or you regularly see condensation on a certain window these could be problem areas and future locations for mold outbreaks.
Once you’ve identified potential problem areas there are always a few steps that you can take to try to prevent an outbreak out mold. This is often the trickiest part in preventing mold because often it can require mild refurbishment of your home. While it might be a pain to fix that leaky pipe that isn’t causing any major problems it could become a much bigger issue in the future if you don’t address the issue. Additionally, proper ventilation goes a long way in preventing condensation and can be a very powerful tool in the fight against mold. Immediate prevention techniques include simply drying an area and exposing it to sunlight or a high powered lamp.
Getting Rid of Mold
There are a lot of easy to find natural methods for destroying. The first and most potent is bleach. However, bleach will only work well with non-porous surfaces like tile or flooring. Mix bleach with water (in about a 1 : 10 ratio) and apply it it any moldy surfaces. Bleach is the strongest way to destroy mold but also harmful to humans and emits noxious gases so be sure to ventilate your working area or wear a respirator.
Another very common method for combating mold is the use of vinegar. The perks of using vinegar are that it’s much safer than bleach but it can only kill 82% of mold species. Chances are good that vinegar will work fine for any domestic mold you’re encountering in your home. To clean mold with vinegar use a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar, spray any moldy areas and wait an hour before wiping it down.