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Mold Prevention and Cleanup

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold on carpet Mold growth in Dripping Springs, TX

Black mold and other varieties of fungi can cause serious problems for your Dripping Springs, TX, home. However, knowing a little about mold can help you protect your property.

Mold Prevention

Mold spores are invisible and can be found almost everywhere. However, three factors must coexist for the spores to thrive:

  • Food source
  • Water source
  • Warmth

Most indoor areas are warm enough to support mold growth, and the majority of homes have adequate sources of food for mold. Therefore, the easiest factor to control is the mold's water source. Keep the humidity in your home below 50%. You may need to run a dehumidifier in particularly damp areas such as bathrooms and basements. If you detect a moisture problem, address it immediately. Fix leaks and dry up spills as soon as possible. Additionally, check your home regularly for signs of mold. Such indications include visible mold, a musty odor, and discolored or deformed paint or wallpaper.

Mold Cleanup
If you are dealing with a toxic variety such as black mold or a large infestation, it is necessary to enlist professional help. For a small amount of mold growth on non-porous surfaces, you may be able to clean it using a commercial product, vinegar or a mixture of water and bleach. Wear protective gear, including gloves and a mask, and vent the space in which you are working. After the surface has been cleaned, be sure to fully dry the area. Most importantly, address the underlying moisture problem to avoid regrowth.
Don't use this method on porous materials since these items often have to be completely replaced. Always seek expert help and never attempt mold cleanup on building materials or home items on your own.
If you have extensive mold damage, whether black mold or another variety, a certified restoration company can help get your home back to normal quickly and safely. They have the skills, knowledge, and equipment to thoroughly remediate the problem.

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