Mold is a natural part of lives, as it serves an important role as a decomposer. It’s purpose outside is to break down leaves, trees, and other plant material. Inside however, mold serves no good purpose. At least a little mold can be found in most homes since it travels indoors from the outside through the air or on shoes and clothes. But if not treated, a little mold will find the damp, dark, warm places of your home to thrive and flourish, quickly going to work on materials like drywall, wood, carpet, and upholstery. Mold can cause a concerning amount of damage in your home if left untreated, not to mention health consequences that arise from exposure to this rotten fungus.
Luckily, small areas of mold can be treated without the help of a professional if the problem is caught in time. Detoxing from mold exposure can be accomplished by taking the following steps.
- Protect your home
Protect all the furnishings and areas of your home that have not yet been exposed to mold by sealing off the affected area. Be sure to cover vents and doorways with plastic sheeting. Use air purifiers to remove airborne mold spores from the environment.
- Remove Affected Materials
Remove all mold infested materials using proper safety equipment and wearing protective clothing and gear. Materials such as wallpaper, drywall, carpeting, paneling, and insulation may all need to be removed depending on the severity of the damage caused by mold.
- Clean and Protect Materials that can be Salvaged
Most porous materials infected with mold will have to be removed. However, some more non-porous materials can be treated with a variety of commercial or homemade solutions to remove any residual mold and prevent its return.
- Create an Unfriendly Environment for Mold Growth
The best way to fight mold is to create a space that makes mold growth challenging. If you don’t already have a HEPA filter installed in your HVAC, make sure you do so and change it regularly. Also, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will help remove mold spores that have settled into your carpet. Purchasing additional portable filters may be advisable, especially if you live in a portion of the country where HVACs are not common.
Avoid opening your windows too often, even when the weather is wonderful. An open window invites new mold spores to come into your home. Use vents regularly in your bathrooms to avoid excessive humidity, and invest in a dehumidifier for your home if you live in more humid regions of the country. Pull shower curtains shut so that wet areas can air out and dry properly, preventing a place for mold growth.
Check for leaks in your home regularly. Roof leaks are common, especially after heavy or constant rainfall or windstorms that result in missing shingles. Cracks in your home’s foundation can be an invitation for mold growth resulting from water seeping in from outside. Leaky pipes, especially under sinks can also create the perfect mold growth environment.
Mold is an inevitable part of taking care of a home. It can grow easily and quickly in the right conditions. Luckily, detoxing from small amounts of mold exposure, although time consuming, can be accomplished on your own. Preventing the return of mold just requires some small steps to keep your home worry-free.
Author’s short bio:
Wendy Michaelis founder of fixAIRx is an indoor air quality testing professional in Dallas, Texas. With 5 years in business diagnosing and correcting Poor Air Quality conditions. We offer a wide range of customized environmental & mold testing services and at the same time we help find the best solution that fits your family’s unique needs and budget.