Vero Beach, FL — The term mold remediation is defined as “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.” Tradewinds Envtl. Restoration, Inc. v. St Tammany Park LLC, 578 F.3d 255 (5th Cir. La. 2009).
Mold remediation has become a tremendous need in the home improvement industry. Mold, if not properly taken care of, can produce some serious challenges for the health and wellness of those occupying the mold-infested residence.
What Kills Mold Instantly
Mold may be growing in your home and you don’t even know it, that’s because mold loves dark, warm, humid places to live. Your basement, kitchen, and bathroom are at the most risk for mold and bacteria growth because they are in constant contact with moisture. When the conditions are right, mold can grow within 24-48 hours. Leaving mold untreated can cause respiratory illnesses as well as be a major factor for year-round allergies. This is why it is so important to kill mold at first sight.
You’ll need the following cleaning supplies:
Rubber gloves to protect your hands
Here are 3 household solutions for cleaning mold:
Hydrogen peroxide is an antifungal, antiviral, and anti-bacterial solution that kills mold effectively on a variety of materials such as kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, floors, and walls.
To kill mold:
Pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Saturate the moldy surface completely and leave it to sit for 10 minutes.
Scrub the area to remove all of the mold and mold stains. And finally, wipe the surface down to remove residual mold and spores.
Vinegar is a mild acid that can kill 82% of mold species. (Baking soda is often used along with vinegar for killing different species of mold).
To kill mold:
Use white distilled vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle without watering it down. Spray the vinegar onto the moldy surface and leave it to sit for an hour. Finally, wipe the area clean with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours.
Tea Tree Oil Solution
Tea tree oil, though effective as a natural mold remover, is more expensive than some other eco-friendly remedies, but just two teaspoons of tea tree oil mixed with two cups of water can last you a while.
To kill mold:
Spray the solution onto the mold spores but do not rinse. Tea tree oil also has a strong scent, which will dissipate within a few days.
Citrus Seed Extract and Water
Unlike vinegar and tea tree oil, citrus seed extract (such as grapefruit) does not have an odor.
To kill mold:
Dilute about 20 drops of extract with 2 cups of water, mix in a spray bottle and spray onto the mold. As with the other solutions, do not rinse.
Baking soda is a mild, white mineral powder that can be used to kill mold in your home, plus it is safe for your family and pets. Besides killing mold, it will absorb moisture to help keep mold away.
To kill mold:
Add one-quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake until it has dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the baking soda and water solution, then use a scrub brush to remove all the mold from the surface. Next, rinse the surface with water to remove any residual mold on the surface.
Finally, spray the area again and let the surface dry. (This will kill any left-over mold and prevent the mold from returning).
All of these solutions are great non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based cleaners. Not only because they are safe to use and safe for the environment, but all of these products are inexpensive and easy to find in your local store. To learn more about the basics of mold, check out this guide from EPA.gov.
How do you know if mold is making you sick?
Check on warm-weather trouble spots
Mold is one word that can send homeowners into a panic, especially as we wind down from a summer of record-high temperatures and humidity. But what really is the dreaded intruder, and could it be the blame for those unexpected summer illnesses?
“Molds are naturally-occurring fungal growths,” said Jonathan Spahr, M.D., director of pediatric pulmonary at Geisinger Health. “They can be found anywhere moisture and oxygen are present, but tend to seek out warmer climates or decaying matter to feed on to accelerate growth. This makes our homes a great target in the summer.”
Mold growth speeds up when it’s indoors. Mold’s tiny reproductive cells, called spores, are easily released into the air, and an enclosed space amplifies their ability to make contact with one another.
There are hundreds of species of mold. Some of those species are less dangerous, like penicillin, which has antibacterial properties and is used in antibiotic medication. But others could make you sick.
“Though small amounts of mold probably won’t hurt us, there is no species of mold that is ‘safe’ when inhaled. Those tiny spores could cause a host of health problems; mostly in people with respiratory problems, allergies, or a compromised immune system” said Dr. Spahr.
Symptoms of mold exposure may include headache, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and fatigue. In those with asthma, asthma attacks can occur. In those with impaired immune systems, serious infection can occur.
Keep an eye out for hidden leaks:
Wet spots on your ceiling, at baseboards or on the floor are a telltale sign of a leaky pipe or roof. Your home’s pipes are behind drywall, which can leave a small leak unnoticed for a long time.
Mold can grow behind those walls and filter into the air through ducts or pipes. A plumber or contractor can help identify weak spots or possible leaks and prevent mold growth.
Keep your air conditioner clean:
Many air conditioners, especially window units, are susceptible to mold growth. They often trap moisture, creating a breeding ground for the spores. Choosing a unit with humidity control can prevent moisture build-up. Leaving the device running at a low or “automatic” level during the day will keep air circulating and prevent a serious rise in humidity. You should also replace filters every three months, or as recommended.
“Your home should always maintain less than 60 percent humidity in order to stop mold production,” said Dr. Spahr. Finally, keeping ducts free of dirt and dust also eliminates the organic matter on which mold can feed.
Ventilate heat-prone rooms:
Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms create a lot of excess heat and humidity, whether it be from the shower, stove or dryer. All three of these rooms should be well ventilated to prevent the lingering moisture that attracts mold.
How to get rid of mold
Mold spores can lay dormant for years after they are produced and could begin growing at any time, leaving allergens active for long periods. Because of this, a regular cleaning with agents that kill mold or professional mold remediation is always ideal.
Mold remediation begins by identifying the source of the moisture and making any necessary repairs, then removing all of the porous material in a room to be replaced with sanitized material. All non-porous surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned with an antifungal detergent and thoroughly dried before porous materials like drywall or carpeting can be reinstalled.
Occupants can re-enter the building after the infected spaces pass a visual or environmental test and there are no remaining signs of potential mold-causing water damage.
How long does it take to kill mold?
You can never completely remove mold from your house; a small number of mold spores will always exist indoors and are a natural and helpful part of our world. However, if water or moisture is left unchecked inside your home and mold begins to colonize, it can pose a serious health risk. Mold remediation can quickly and safely remove mold infestation from your home or office. Depending on the size of your problem, mold remediation might take anywhere from one to seven days (or more) to wipe out the major sources of mold in your home.
Mold growths (colonies) can establish within 24-48 hours, so it is important to act immediately if you have a water spill or leak — especially if you live in a hot or humid climate. If you are past the point of DIY and need professional help, mold remediation teams will come to your location, assess the extent of the mold problem, identify and rectify all water leaks and sources of dampness, identify all mold sources (both visible and hidden), use specialized equipment to contain and prevent migration of mold spores, safely remove contaminated materials, treat infested areas with approved antimicrobial sprays, dehumidify and dry the appropriate areas, and seal areas as needed.
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