Although it tends to look unpleasant, without mold the world would be overrun with all kinds of dead plant material and we would not have antibiotics or blue cheese dressing.
Nevertheless, as useful as it can be, no one wants mold in his or her home. Not only is it unsightly, it can cause structural damage and can even be a serious potential health hazard. How best then to keep the mold at bay? Here are some basic ways to help keep your home mold free.
Fix Moisture Problems - Mold loves moisture, it needs it to thrive and grow. Fixing moisture problems around the house is the first and most important step you can take to keep mold out of your home. If left alone, faulty plumbing or leaky roofs are often to blame for some of the more serious mold problems so, should you notice such things, call in the professionals to address the problem right away.
Air Circulation - Make sure your bathrooms are well vented and exhaust fans are installed in your kitchen and laundry room as well. If you live in a humid climate, invest in a dehumidifier for summer use, paying special attention to the air quality in the basement and the attic. Attics should also be well ventilated so if you do not have one already consider having an attic fan installed.
Outdoors - Go on a quick tour of the exterior of your property looking for signs of excess water or inadequate drainage. If you find any problems, have a contractor come in to address them as soon as possible. Make sure to have you gutters cleaned on a regular basis as well.
Water Damage - Should your home be subject to any flooding, remove and dry all wet carpets, rugs and mats as soon as you can. Even without a flood if carpeting or bedding gets wet do not allow it to stay that way as such conditions are the perfect breeding ground for mold and it will grow far more quickly than you might believe possible.
What though if the mold is already present in your home? Although most molds are harmless, there are certain varieties that can be very damaging to your health if inhaled. If the mold is confined to one small area it is probably fine for you to undertake the cleanup yourself, using a mild detergent solution followed by an application of bleach and a careful drying of the whole area. Do not forget to throw away the rags you used to clean up after you are done.
However, if the mold has spread over a large area or is present in a number of different locations throughout the home it is definitely time to call in the professionals. A good mold removal contractor will make a detailed examination of the affected areas before any removal begins to assess the extent of the problem and what specific kind of mold they are dealing with. Which techniques they use will depend upon that, especially since if the mold turns out to be one of the toxic varieties its removal can be tricky, even for trained professionals.