How to Spot and Treat Mold in Your Woodbridge (New Jersey) Home

Real Estate Agent with Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ

The first sign of mold you notice may be a musty smell in your Woodbridge home.  After looking around, you spot what looks like mold.  Don't panic.  You can remove unhealthy mold from your house without paying an arm and a leg.

Removing mold in your Woodbridge, New Jersey HomeCheck to be Sure It's Really Mold
Mold can look many different ways, depending on the type.  Some are grayish-white, or black and can look like a dirty smudge.  If you're in doubt that a spot is mold, you can do a test with chlorine bleach.  Simply put a drop on the spot.  If the color immediately fades away, you have mold.

Mold needs moisture to grow.  If you find mold, you know that you also have a water problem in your Woodbridge, New Jersey home.  So first, you'll need to find the source of the leak inside the home and repair it.  After that, you can begin getting rid of the mold.

How To Kill Mold
A lot of people think mold clean up has to be expensive in New Jersey.  The truth is that most mold problems can be eliminated with chlorine bleach.  Bleach is a strong chemical, so for safety you'll need to wear gloves, an air filter and goggles while you clean.

Remember, when cleaning with bleach you need to work in a well-ventilated area, and never mix bleach with anything that contains ammonia.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends using bleach to kill mold on hard, non-porous surfaces.  Killing mold with bleach is a simple process:

  1. Thoroughly soak the area in full strength bleach
  2. Let it soak for fifteen minutes
  3. Scrub the area with a mixture of one-part chlorine bleach, three-parts water and one teaspoon of dishwashing soap

Finishing The Clean-up
Once everything has been washed, you'll need to do another inspection of your home.  Look for moldy papers, clothes, or anything porous that could be a good home for mold.  These things will need to be bagged and thrown away. 

Allow two to three days for the surfaces to dry.  Then, continue to inspect the areas for mold re-growth, and pay attention for any moldy odors. 

Congrats, you have eliminated the mold problem in your Woodbridge home and saved a lot of money by doing it yourself.

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Cathy Chaudemanche
Realtor Associate/Keller Williams Realty
Metuchen, NJ
Servicing Home Buyers and Sellers in Middlesex County, NJ

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