Say goodbye to mold problems

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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We’ve all seen scary pictures of mold spores taking over a wall. When left unchecked, mold can cause major health problems, not to mention what it does to your home value. But what’s the real deal when you have just a little bit of mold? How can you rein it in before it takes over?

Mold problems explained

Start with this good overview on mold problems. The key thing to remember is that mold loves water and can be found:

  1. Around windows
  2. Inside walls
  3. In the basement
  4. Almost anywhere that it has a surface, such as drywall, to take over

Unfortunately, mold can go undetected sometimes until you do a little remodeling. Then you find the icky wall or the slow drip down into the basement. To prevent mold from growing, keep the moisture down, fix leaks right away and turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on the windows. (This means there’s too much moisture in the room.) Here’s more from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here’s what to do if you see a mold problem:

  1. Remove the moldy area. With drywall, for example, cut it out and replace it. Wear a mask if necessary.
  2. Clean the area with a water (3/4) and bleach (1/4) solution.
  3. Fix the cause of the mold–leaking pipes, groundwater seepage and missing flashing around a window, for example.

Finding the right contractor

If the mold problem has spread or is too toxic to manage, turn it over to a contractor. Just be careful not to fall prey to scare tactics that some contractors use. Get several estimates and make sure the contractor has a clear understanding of how to fix the problem.

Overall, don’t panic. Mold problems can be fixed easily if you catch them early. Just make sure you fix the core problem. Were is the water coming from?

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  1. One Response to “Say goodbye to mold problems”

  2. jamie
    Mar 14, 2011

    In my experience, mold can be an overblown issue..although there are certain types of black mold that are very dangerous, most mold is just no that big of a deal.

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