Indoor mold in our New England homes has the potential to be either a problem or a threat. Mold spores come inside and can reproduce into colonies only with the proper conditions. Moisture is one of them.
Leaks in roofs, under sinks and in damp basements create an environment where mold can grow and spread. Areas of high humidity such as laundry areas or bathrooms can also provide the necessary humid areas for mold growth.
Sealing leaks, using dehumidifiers and cleaning up spills are ways to prevent mold from establishing. But, if mold has already begun growing in the home, mold removal is a must.
Taking the moisture and humidity away from where mold growth has begun will eventually kill the colony. But, even dead, the mold spores pose a health risk and must be totally removed. Dead mold spores still can get into the air, causing respiratory problems. Only by performing complete mold removal is the threat eliminated.
If the affected area is small, a solution of one part bleach to eight parts water can be used to clean the area. Even though it may be a small amount, gloves and a mask or respirator should be used. Contact with skin and inhalation of mold should be avoided. If the mold removal is on fabrics or furnishings, it is usually best to dispose of the object.
If large areas of mold growth are detected, professional services should be contacted. Large patches on walls, in basements or behind paneling or wallpaper are best handled by a professional.
If you need more information on mold removal or prevention, contact our staff at Rodenhiser. Our specialists can answer all your questions regarding mold problems and prevention. We work with professionals who can be referred to you and will help you to clean up the problem. If you discover mold growth in you home, it should be taken seriously. Call us, we’re always ready to answer your questions. We’ve been serving the Route 495/128 area for 80 years.
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