Cleaning Mold in Your Home

When you find mold in your home, you have options of doing it yourself or calling in a professional.  Should you choose a self-cleaning, the first step that should be done is to identify the causes of the mold and repair this first.  In many cases, this can be a simple leak or condensation raising the humidity levels of a room.  Whatever it may be, you want to address this first in order to prevent the mold from recurring.  It will also be necessary to remove any affected materials such as drywall and carpeting.   Once you have finished this removal and site prepping, then the cleanup can begin.

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Test

Once you have addressed the issue creating the mold, then you can begin the test for mold.  Rule of thumb is that if you can see or smell it, then you probably have a mold issue.  If found early such as in a bathroom or wall, then the cleanup may be as simple as a damp cloth and a cleaning agent.  You want to careful of the cleaning agents used as some, such as ammonia can mix with mold to create toxic fumes.    A simple humidifier can assist the moisture in the air limiting the growth of mold.

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Ventilation

If the mold in question is larger than 6 sq ft, then the cleanup becomes a little more detailed, and you should be methodical in your effort.  Don’t be in a hurry.  You want to have plastic sheets to cover doors, vents, and other openings into the room to prevent the movement of spores.  A respirator would be suggested, paper towels, heavy duty plastic garbage bags, a good cleaner without ammonia, bleach, rubber gloves, 3 one gallon buckets, HEPA-grade vacuum, and a dehumidifier.  Once these items have been procured, then you can proceed.

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Safety

In one bucket, mix the cleaner with water.  In a second bucket, mix one cup of bleach for every gallon of water.  Finally, put clean water in the third bucket.  Before cleanup can start, seal off the room with the plastic.  Do not allow children or pets into the work area, and do not eat, drink during the cleanup.  Use the dehumidifier to lessen moisture levels before and after cleanup.

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Clean Up

Once cleanup begins, use the cleaner solution in the first bucket to remove the mold.  Use clean towels regularly and throw the old towels away in the plastic garbage bags.  Rinse the area with the clean water and wipe down with a towel.  Continue to repeat these steps until all mold is gone.  If you have to use the bleach solution, then it would be best to leave the bleach solution for 15 minutes to have proper use of the chlorine in the bleach on the mold.  Once the bleach has had proper time, use the clean water to clean the areas.

 

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Mold Spores

Once the cleaning has been finished, then use the HEPA-vacuum in the area.  Take your time here as mold spores might still be present.  The HEPA filter removes the spores that may have been left.  Once done, place the HEPA filter in a garbage bag.  Tightly secure the garbage bag, and remove to the garbage bins.  Waste water can be flushed down the toilets or sink.  Remove your cleaning clothes and scrub your hands and face.  Finally, wash your work clothes separately as this may spread mold spores.

 

Call A Professional

If you feel that the mold issue is more than 6sqft or beyond your ability, make sure that you contact a mold remediation and removal service for the best results.  These companies have been trained in the proper methods for identification and cleanup.

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Mold in your house can be an issue that is overwhelming and intimidating.  Through following some simple steps and identifying the issue, then it becomes more manageable to accomplish.  You want to work on the issue as soon as possible, and then you can start enjoying your home again.

 

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Attic Water Damage

Many people think that water damage can occur only in the basements, kitchens and bathrooms, but water damage also occurs fairly frequently in the attics of homes as well.  The attic is a great place for water damage to occur, because many of the conditions that make the basement so prevalent, such as moisture are present in the attic as well.  These issues can be noticed with discoloring of the ceiling, mold, but also with the disrepair of ceiling plaster.

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Moisture

Moisture can find its way into the attic in a variety of ways.  Moisture, like heat tends to rise to the upper points of the home.  This means that it will collect in the attic.   One of the most common ways that moisture comes into an attic is through a openings around lights, exhaust vents into the attic and poor insulation behind the ceiling.  Once the moisture collects in the attic, you could face several different issues.

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Condensation

Damage to your home can be through condensation.  One of the ways that your home could be damaged is through the creation of ice dams.  These dams can form as warm air is present in the attic, and then once it comes in contact with the colder parts of the roof, there is a freezing that allows snow melt to enter a home.  Moisture also leads to creation and buildup of mildew and mold, and these can spread through you HVAC systems into the rest of the home.  Finally, the presence of moisture can result in the rotting of the interior of the home and expensive repairs.

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Airflow

You can work on the levels of moisture reaching the attic.  First, you can seal all potential points of entry from the interior of the house to the attic.  Make sure all vents have an exterior exhaust.  Make sure that airflow to soffits are always clear.  Increase the amount of insulation in the home, and add passive vents and roof fans to increase ventilation of the attic.

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The Roof

You might not think of it on a regular basis, but a strong roof is just as important to the overall well-being of your home as a good foundation.  Water damage in the attic can be very pervasive and can promote tremendous damage.  If you find that you have water damage, then you will want to act quickly with restoration and mold removal in order to fix your home as soon as possible to save it.

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Mold Damage

As we move into Spring from Winter, the conditions for mold can begin to rise in your home.  As rains come and snow melts, then you will need to be vigilant about the condition of your home as water can find ways to enter.  If too much water gets into your home then you run the risk of increased mold until you take care of the issue.

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The Basement

In the basement, you will want to make sure that you are routinely checking the foundation of the home.  Examine and fill any cracks that you might find in the basement walls.  As the ground around your home becomes overly saturated, then excess water will be able to travel into your home via the cracks.  If this occurs, then make sure that you move the materials that may be waterlogged and dry them out thoroughly.  Run a humidifier regularly in order to remove the moisture from the basement.  Be thorough.

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The Ceilings

 

As snow melts on the roof, pay attention to any water stains that might emerge on the ceilings inside the homes as this would be indicative of water damage in the attic of the home.  Water dams can create an abscess in the roof where water can enter.  This abscess also would allow melt water to enter the home increasing the level of moisture in the home.  Any moisture in the attic runs the risk of creating mold.

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 The Attic

The other contributors to attic mold come from venting that leads into the attic, but then has no way to vent the moisture to the outside.  What happens is that the moisture becomes trapped in the attic, and then it is promotes mold.  This accumulation of attic moisture is especially prominent in winter when fans are not run to prevent cooling.  Mold can grow unchecked during this season.

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The Roof

Finally, if you have installed a new roof on the house, you might think that the home is prepared to repel water from the outside, but it is best to check on a regular basis after the roof has been installed.  In some cases, the work of the roofers may not be complete, and this allows water and moisture into the home.  This can result in physical damage to the house, but it can also give mold the moisture that it needs to grow in the attic.

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Issues

Mold in the attic can be a very troublesome issue as it not only promotes health and mildew issues, but it can result in high cost damage to the home.  When dealing with attic mold, it is best to contact a specialist in mold removal quickly in order to eliminate the cause of moisture and remove the mold properly to prevent any long-term damage to your home and investment.

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How to Clean up after a Pipe Bursts

For many homeowners there is no more disheartening realization than when you find a pipe bursts in your home.  It can happen for a variety of reasons, and a pipe burst is the last thing that we want to deal with, particularly after a long day at work.  It is dirty.  It is stressful.  It is simply no fun.  However, with the help of a professional and certified restoration crew, a pipe burst can be managed easily.

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Keep Calm And Clean

What should I do when I find a pipe burst in my home?  First, take a deep breath.  You already have a mess on your hands, so be calm about it.  Things will only get better from here.  After the plumbers have repaired the pipes, then it is time to get started on cleanup.  You want to begin as soon as you can after the event.  Don’t let it sit.

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DIY or Call Professional

If the water damage has occurred in one room, then you have the option to do it yourself.  However, if the water has moved from upper floors to the lower floors and basement or left for eight hours then you want to explore the services of professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment.  You do not want mold to get a foothold in your home.

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Safety First

In all cleanup take care of your safety first.  If you have standing water, then you want to know where all the electrical outlets/appliances are.  Also, if you have sewage water, then make sure that you are wearing appropriate gear.  Don’t put yourself in jeopardy.  Be careful, smart and thorough.  Wear rubber boots and gloves, protective eyewear.

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Remove Soaked Items

In the course of cleanup, remove soaked carpets, furniture and other items from the flooded area.  Depending on the damage, you may not be able to save them.  It is important to get them out of the way.

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Remove The Water

If there is still water present, use towels and a mop to dry the floor.  A wet-dry shop vac is also possible, and these can be rented from hardware stores.  Do your best to remove the water.  Be careful where you dispose of the water.  You do not want to send the water down the drain with the pipe burst, or else you risk doing the work twice with twice the damage.  Your next step is to procure a dehumidifier as it will get moisture out of the area affected better than fans.  Be sure to empty as it fills.  Silica gel is a desiccant that will be necessary to use nears walls or floors that have taken in moisture.

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Call For Help

Remember, drying an area by yourself can be done, but it is a very intensive and large project.  If it feels like it is more than you can handle or extends to multiple rooms and floors, then save yourself a major headache and call a professional restoration company.  In this regard, certified companies are well supplied and trained to handle this kind of water damage.  A restoration service is able to assess the damage quickly and give you a plan to get your property back in shape as soon as possible.

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HVAC System Mold

If you have a strong mildew odor when you use the air conditioning in your home, then you may have an issue with mold.  You want to check in the ducts, intake vents, cooling coils and the drip pans for any sign.  One of the major issues that can occur is that many people do not see mold, but they can still smell it when the AC is on.  This is when you want to contact a professional to inspect the system as soon as possible.  Immediate action will prevent the mold from spreading throughout your home once the AC is used.

 

 

Condensation And Mold

Condensation is the chief culprit of mold in an HVAC system.  When your air conditioner gets cold, condensation occurs.  This occurs more frequently in areas of the home are warm and humid like in the basement.  Here you may see little pools of water form on the basement floor if conditions are right.  If the levels of humidity are low, then this is not a problem as any water will evaporate quickly.  If the humidity in the basement is high and constant, then you risk a serious mold issue.

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Mold Spreads

HVAC mold removal can be very difficult.  Your HVAC system can be a labyrinth of vents where mold has a chance to gain a foothold and grow.  In addition to this, the ability of the mold spores to move throughout the house quickly becomes a real issue.  This difficulty presents homeowners with the situation where a trained, certified mold removal and restoration company are a good way to proceed.

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Check The Filters

Proactive steps are present that you can take to eliminate a mold problem before it becomes a problem.  Make sure that you change your air filter regularly.  Air filters should be changed every 2-3 months as they catch particles such as dust, pet hair and other sources of food for mold.  Second, make sure that you run a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home, such as the basement.  Dehumidifying a room takes the moisture out of the air that is necessary for condensation.  Insulation of the air ducts and cooling coils can also reduce the amount of condensation leading to the development of mold.

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Contact A Specialist

If you think that the mold issue is contained to a single area, there are detailed steps that you should take to insure proper cleanup and your health and safety.  To help you and reduce the stress involved, you may wish to contact a certified and trained mold removal and restoration specialist company to complete the work for you.  These companies know the difficulties in working with HVAC systems and mold removal, and they will be perfectly suited to assist you in cleaning your home.

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Kitchen Water Damage

For being a central part of the home with a lot of daily activity, there are many different areas of the home’s kitchen that can incur water damage.  The most common areas for water damage in a kitchen would be the sink, refrigerator and the  dishwasher in the room.  Much of the damage that you will experience will result from the rotting of wood near the water with a higher chance for mold depending on the length of time the water damage is allowed to remain.

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The Kitchen Sink

The first area to examine is the kitchen sink.  Remember, leaks are common under a kitchen sink.  The most common reasons for leaks are water supply valves, faucets and drainpipes.  If these leaks are allowed to continue, they can cause significant damage to the floor and inside of cabinets through wood rot, warping, mold and the growth of mildew.

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The Refrigerator

The second area to remain vigilant for water damage in the kitchen is the refrigerator.  Your refrigerator can cause leaks by either having a leaking or malfunctioning hose connection to a water supply if the refrigerator has an ice maker.  If the line freezes, then you may have an issue if it bursts.  Also, refrigerators that have the freezers on the bottom have to carefully watched and defrosted on a regular basis in order to prevent ice build up which can thaw and spread water under and behind your refrigerator.

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The Dishwasher

The final area to watch for water damage in a kitchen is in the area of the dishwasher.  Like the refrigerator, the dishwasher is an appliance that is heavy, but it can also obstruct the visible signs of water damage.  Remember, the dishwasher has a large amount of water that flows through it per cycle.  You should check your hoses and seals of the dishwasher on a regular basis to watch for leaks.  An unattended dishwasher can leak gallons of water in the kitchen.  Be attentive to this appliance.

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Upkeep

In any home, the kitchen can be a place where you create value and memories.  It can also be a place that requires tremendous upkeep.  The best that homeowners can do is make sure that their appliances are always in a working order.  Check for leaks on a regular basis, and fix when a leak is found.  If you take care of your kitchen, then it will add the value to your home that you expect.

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