According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health issues associated with indoor mold include allergies, lung inflammation and asthma. If there’s mold in your home or office, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. EnviroGreen Boston specializes in mold remediation, but if you’d rather DIY (do-it-yourself), keep these mold removal tips in mind:
1. Avoid bleach
Applying bleach may make the affected area look better, but it won’t actually fix your mold problem. In fact, the mold “will re-bloom in a matter of days, sometimes hours, if the area remains wet,” advises Bob Vila. Bring in a wet vacuum or steamer to eliminate moisture, then scrub with detergent and water. After it’s dried, vacuum again.
2. Fix plumbing leaks
Moisture breeds and feeds mold. Whether you have a leak in your roof or in a pipe, patch it up as soon as possible. Otherwise, no matter how often you clean, the mold is bound to come back.
3. Check your ductwork
When HVAC systems are badly maintained and insulated, they can cause mold growth. The Family Handyman explains:
Warm, moist air condenses and forms water on ducts carrying cold air through the attic or crawl space. The condensation is a sign that the duct is uninsulated or missing a vapor barrier. Eventually the water saturates the insulation and drywall and mold spores (which are everywhere) take root.
However, mold in the duct work can be treated. Contact EnviroGreen Boston at (844) 775-7700 to schedule a visual survey for mold.