If the sight or scent of mold in your home inspires serious fear, you’re not alone. Whether a minor issue or full-blown problem, you can remove mold from most surfaces. Try these three methods for eliminating mold from your Columbia, Maryland, home.
Know Where to Look
You’ve probably heard horror stories of mold appearing in basements and other hidden areas of your home. But did you know that mold can also thrive in areas that are much easier to access?
Mold starts as spores that disperse through the air. When they land, they can grow in any dark, moist area. At Griffith Energy Services, we’ve seen our fair share of mold. In addition to the basement, we recommend keeping an eye on mold and mildew growth in bathrooms, kitchens, near the water heater, around the washing machine, and even around the HVAC system.
Clean Affected Areas
If mildew has taken hold in your home, you’ll want to devise a plan to clean it up immediately. Unlike dirt and dust, however, mold needs special care.
Since you don’t want mold spores to spread, be sure to seal off the area in question with plastic sheeting. Put on disposable gloves and a particle mask to protect yourself, and then prepare a cleaning solution with one part detergent to about 10 parts water. If this mild solution doesn’t do the trick, you may need to use diluted bleach or another detergent to eliminate the mold completely.
Replace the Air Filter
Because mold spores travel through the air, keeping your home’s indoor air quality high should be at the top of your list of things to do. Make a point of throwing out the old air filter and replacing it with a new one once a month. This will prevent mold from entering your HVAC system, keep it from circulating through your home, and lower the chances of making your family sick.
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