Mold Prevention and Treatment

Mold is a terrible thing to have within your home. That is why you need to do what you can to prevent it. If you already have it, then you need to know how to treat it. This is because it can have a negative impact when you are buying house insurance.

First of all, having mold in your home can reduce the value of your property. This will have an impact on your homeowner's insurance. You won't get as much coverage as you could get. Your insurance will pay you up to the value of your home if something were to occur that destroyed it or damaged it severely. Add in a mold problem and there is going to be an issue.

Indoor Humidity

Controlling indoor humidity has both prevention and treatment properties. First of all, indoor humidity is a cause for mold in the first place. If you already have it, it simply irritates the situation. So if you are having humidity issues, it is good to identify the source of the problem.

Humidity issues are sometimes due to water that somehow gets into the home. For example, your basement may flood when it rains. If that's the case, you are going to have a humidity issue. Plus, the damp basement is the perfect environment for mold. It can start in the basement and, as the humidity issue continues in the rest of the home, the mold can make its way into the living quarters of the home.

To reduce humidity, identify any leaks in the home. If you live in a humid climate and the humidity is coming in through your windows, you may want to consider replacement or repair. Use a device such as a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels down. You also want to make sure you use an air conditioner that is the right size for the home. This will keep the air cool.

In your bathroom and your kitchen, use an exhaust fan to pull out the humidity after a shower or when hot water has been used. This also applies to your laundry room if you are washing clothes with hot water. Nowadays, there are detergents that allow you to wash everything in cold water and get the same result. This is also more energy efficient. Never hang your wet laundry inside if you can help it. Use your dryer or hang it outside.

Mold Treatment

The above methods can also be used in mold treatment. When treating mold, you want to locate all areas that are infested with mold. You want to remove anything that is "mold food" from the areas. This can include cardboard and paper. Try to remove anything from the area. You can then use a boric acid formula to kill the mold.

While you are killing the mold, use an exhaust fan to direct any mold spores outside if you can. Once you are done killing, it can help to install mold containment walls. There may be some spores hanging around, but these containment walls, which are relatively inexpensive, will get the problem under control. You have to get rid of the mold spores to the best of your ability.

Once you have the problem under control and the mold is dead, you will be preserving the value of your home. You will want to exercise preventative measures whenever possible. Once there has been mold in your home, the susceptibility of becoming infested with it again increases significantly. Mold prevention and treatment is important because getting it under control the first time means not having to constantly fight a battle that you feel like you cannot win.

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