This is a guest post by: Kahmen Lai, mold removal and prevention specialist.
Is that dirt on the garage wall or are you just happy to see me? One event almost guaranteed to send you into a state of panic is the discovery of mold in your home. Even if you’ve dealt with the problem before, finding a mold infestation is extremely unpleasant and dealing with it can be expensive and inconvenient. And yet, if you leave a mold growth unchecked it can spread and have significant health implications including respiratory problems and fatigue.
Often the first indicator that you’ll notice is the odd grey-black spots appearing on a wall. Once you know you’ve got a mold problem, treating it quickly and effectively is of paramount importance.
Getting Rid of Mold in Your Florida Home
There are any number of home remedies that can kill mold, including tea tree oil, vinegar and baking soda, but those in need of a harsher solution often turn to chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. Scrubbing or wiping down the surface with these substances will generally kill the mold and return your walls to spot-free splendor.
Problems with Mold Solutions
The problem is that these solutions often have huge disadvantages – the toxic fumes alone are enough to cause concern. If you’re treating a porous structure like wood or drywall, many of these treatments won’t work effectively. Then of course is the main problem: once you’ve treated the growth, there’s no guarantee that it won’t crop up again.
Keep the Area Dry and Well-Ventilated
Since mold is caused by excess moisture in the air, one of the best ways to prevent mold growth is to ensure that the location is kept dry. If you’re living in a home that is predisposed to mold growth, you might want to invest in a good-quality dehumidifier that draws the moisture from the air and prevents condensation forming on walls. Disposable interior dehumidifiers are smaller and less expensive and can be used in tight spaces like in wardrobes or under sinks. Disposable dehumidifiers are rarely recommended for bathroom usage so you may need to install an extractor fan for your bathroom as well.
Of course, the cheaper solution is to ensure that the area is well-ventilated. If you’ve got problems in your garage, for example, you may want to consider switching to a well-ventilated structure like a carport as an alternative, which will allow air to flow through. Your garage, which will then have infinitely more space, can then be cleaned, treated for mold and used for other purposes. To encourage airflow, the garage should still be opened and ventilated every weekend.
It’s important that once you’ve discovered a mold problem that you treat it immediately in order to prevent it spreading. However, once you’ve got it under control you should also look to prevent it from reoccurring. That way, your home will always be mold-free and you won’t have to worry about getting rid of another infestation!
Kahmen Lai has been providing practical home advice for many years and specializes in mold removal and prevention. She also writes for www.getcarports.com/, a company that offers produces and installs ventilated structures.