Mold can not only disfigure your walls, but it can also become a health hazard. Mold spores are one of the primary causes of respiratory diseases in homes that are infected by mold growth. For this reason it is extremely important that you remove mold from its very root. People try a variety of different methods for mold removal but it has been noted that in spite of trying various measures, mold comes back. You will find plenty of articles that explain advanced methods of mold removal but very limited information is available regarding the basics of mold removal. Perhaps this is the reason why mold comes back. If you don’t focus on the basics then how can you expect excellent results? This article will explain you the basics of mold removal.
Know that mold is essentially caused by moisture
Mold is essentially a moisture problem. No matter what method you use for mold removal, if you fail to address the moisture problem then it is almost impossible to get rid of it. We have seen many people complaining about the ineffectiveness of mold removal techniques. The problem is not with the mold removal techniques but in the fact that they fail to understand and rectify the moisture problem. Irrespective of the mold removal technique used, if you leave the moisture problem as it was, you are only inviting the mold to come back at a later date.
Understand when you need to ask for professional help
Although small mold growth can be successfully removed by using home based remedies, any serious mold problem needs to be checked by a professional. If you notice that the mold has grown over 10 square feet of area then it is better to leave the job of mold removal to those who know more about it. Furthermore, some chemicals used in mold removal are toxic and give away toxic fumes. As a layman you might not possess the right gear and knowledge of how to protect yourself from the harmful effects of these chemicals.
Throw away absorbent or porous material
No one is saying that you need to get rid of all of the wooden furniture or other porous materials in your home. But if the mold growth is severe enough then you might just have to get rid of every such item in your home. Most of the products used for mold removal are not able to penetrate in to the pores and hence the mold spores lodged in the pores remain as they were. Since the mold spores remain unaffected, you are most likely to experience another mold attack if you don’t get rid of the porous material.
Don’t paint over a mold infected surface
In their desperate attempts to do a quick fix, a lot of people paint over the mold infected surface. The problem is that unless you don’t scrape away the old paint, the new paint will simply not adhere to the surface and will peel off after a while. Hence, before you try to paint a mold infected area, scrape away the old paint.
This article was written by Sam Berry. He is a mold removal expert at Mold Solutions. He is highly trained in mold remediation and mold prevention solutions.