Mold can be a costly and even dangerous issue for homeowners, but a range of mold-resistant products can be used in mold prevention and mold control.
Mold can grow anywhere moisture, oxygen and organic material are present, and it's particularly common in damp, humid areas of the home, like basements, crawlspaces and showers. Once you have identified a potential mold problem area or an area of existing mold growth, you can begin steps to prevent or control mold.
Areas that you suspect may trigger mold growth should first be inspected for any leaks or excess moisture. Once any existing leaks have been repaired, mold susceptible areas can be kept dry with a dehumidifier, which should reduce the incidence of mold growth.
Treating areas of existing mold growth should always be done while wearing a respirator or mask rated for work with mold spores, and arms, legs and hands should be covered to prevent an allergic reaction. After removing any moldy debris such as sub-flooring or drywall, hard surfaces can be treated with commercial mold control products containing bleach or ammonia, which can help to eradicate any surviving mold.
For continued mold prevention in problem areas, you can apply vinegar one to two times a week. Vinegar makes areas too acidic for mold growth, and can prevent moldy buildup in areas like showers and sinks. A regular scrub of the area with borax and water will also help to prevent and control mold growth. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for the correct mixture ratio.
Mold in homes can cause significant damage and even health risks, but by understanding the range of mold control and mold prevention products available, you'll be equipped to keep your home mold free.
See also: How to Keep Your Home Healthy
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