Be Bold with Mold

    Mold grows on your cheese, sure. But how do you keep it our of your home?

    mold on wall

    How do you know when sour cream goes bad? It’s already sour! Barely funny, but it brings up a point. We don’t always know when things in our home turn bad and become hazardous to our health.

    The relative humidity in our area during July typically averages in the mid-80s with spikes in the 90s. With temperatures in the 90s and 100s, no surprise that we live in a hot, humid climate.

    Molds can live off humidity more than 60% and they will take up residence in your home without asking permission.

    Some molds are black toxic mold. Stachybotrys can also cause toxic symptoms.

    • Asthma
    • Sore eyes
    • Itchy skin
    • Runny or blocked nose
    • Sneezing
    • Coughing
    • Sore throat

    If you have any of these symptoms, check your home carefully and closely for mold. Treat yourself—and your home—accordingly.

    How to Find Hidden Mold

    Sniff around

    If the smell is worse in certain areas of your home, you might find mold. If it’s worse when the air conditioning is on, mold could be growing in your HVAC system.

    Look for it

    The bathroom is the most common room in your home to find mold. Typically, it will be growing on the grout between tiles. You might not think a small amount of mold will make a difference, but it does. It could mean mold is growing behind the tiles and if a moisture barrier wasn’t installed behind the tiles, or if it is older, mold could go all the way to the wall studs.

    In addition to the bathroom, look for mold if you’ve had flooding or leaks in the basement. Also check the roof or attic for water damage and mold.

    Look for these signs

    • Water stained walls, ceiling, other surfaces
    • Rust
    • Warping wood, drywall
    • Standing water
    • Poorly ventilated rooms
    • Condensation on windows, metal pipes

    Look Outside

    If your gutters are blocked or clogged, water can be stuck in the gutters themselves. It can also produce a small pond of toxic liquid on the ground, too.

    Get Rid of it

    If you find small spots of mold, you can use bleach, white vinegar and borax to kill them. Be sure to wear gloves and other protective clothing.

    If the mold growth area is larger than 10 square feet, the EPA recommends to hire a professional mold service removal service.

    The Sooner, the Better

    If you notice any mold inside or outside your home, schedule a professional mold inspection. Be bold and act now! In addition to preventing family members from toxic side effects, you will also keep your home in its peak health.

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