Got Mold? Removal and Prevention Tips

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Mold is a primary concern for many homeowners. The main reason for this is it can arise abruptly and for a variety of reasons: A damp bathroom, leaky pipe or the dreaded flooded basement.

Generally, there are two types of issues you can encounter with mold: Minor issues like mildew in your bathroom or major issues like drywall saturated with water from a flooded basement. In either case, the goal is to tackle and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. A failure to do so could result in significant property damage.

Given all this, the biggest concern with mold reaches much farther than unsightly mildew or even extensive property damage. The biggest fear is the health risks associated with mold that can affect you and our loved ones: Mainly allergies, infections, and upper respiratory issues. For these reasons, it’s important not to drag feet and tackle the issue head on.

As soon as you notice the onset of mold, follow these steps to mitigate any property damage that may be caused and more importantly, to protect the health of you and your loved ones.

1) Bathroom
Ground zero for mold is generally the bathroom, making it the most important room to monitor. The grout lines in your shower are the most common place to find mildew. For this reason, it’s important to keep your shower clean; you will find that mildew accumulates in this area weekly.

Mildew can be easily removed by scrubbing it with diluted bleach (6 parts water, 1 part bleach). It should come off generally easy, but be meticulous and remove all visible mildew. Once you are confident it has been removed, rinse and dry.

A good strategy to greatly reduce the presence of mildew in your shower is to keep a squeegee handy. Anytime you take a shower squeegee all the water off of your walls. Coupled with a good bathroom fan, this strategy can greatly reduce the presence of mold and mildew in your shower.

2) Walls
If you have mold in your drywalls, the good news is, like in the bathroom, it’s generally easy to eliminate. The bad news is it may be part of a larger issue like a leaking pipe.

First thing’s first, identifying the problem. If dark circles are forming on your wall, the odds are almost certain that it’s mold. Once you have identified the problem area, it’s important to tackle it immediately to prevent it from spreading.

Always protect yourself when removing mold. Since mold is generally detrimental through inhalation, the most important first line of protection is a safety mask. A pair of gloves and safety goggles to boot will ensure you’re fully protected.

Once you’re protected, make a diluted bleach solution (6 parts water, 1 part bleach) and use a stiff brush to scrub the mold off. Once you are confident you have removed all the mold, rinse the affected areas thoroughly and dry the area as best as possible.

If you notice mold recurring in the same areas after thoroughly removing it, then your problem is deeper and it’s important to seek professionals to diagnose and eliminate the problem. Remember, time is of the essence.

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8 comments on “Got Mold? Removal and Prevention Tips”

  1. marta says:

    can you use bleach to remove mold?

    1. Marguerite says:

      That’s what the article recommends.

    2. Toni Connors says:

      I had to call a mold specialist and was told to use Dawn liquid detergent to remove mold . It is an emulsifier and mold should not grow
      back . So , that the info I have used for years. It seems to work.
      Bleach is water based and does not get rid of mold , but, just cleans the spots temporarily.

  2. Gayle Campbell says:

    I have the dreaded basement but the is no drywall but blocks. We painted the basement with paint that is used to seal the block from moisture. Our basement is not finished but used for storage but has flooded several times. the water is not seeping from the blocks but from runoff from farmers land behind us. Are there any suggestions for mold removal from blocks? Thank you in advance.
    GAYLE

    1. Chad says:

      A sump pump may be your answer. As the ground water level rises, the pump will engage to relieve hydro-static pressure and prevent the water from seeping into your basement.

  3. Charlie says:

    Have you ever seen it on a cathedral ceiling?

  4. Julia M Brown says:

    the mold has taken over in the condo next to mine! I found out this past JUNE my carpet was wet in my sunken living room, due to a seepage. I fear it was going on for months. The owner lives in another state. We share walls. Encroachment has been officially been determined! I have 2 types of mold 2,000- 500 per sq ft. I smell it. I fear it is on the other side of my sheet rock because his entire condo is covered in black mold! Not sure what it has done to my health or my husband who is on chemo. The owner has gone underground. Not returning calls. I spoke with my homeowners association. They are moving very slow and telling me” the ball is in my court” to go after the absentee owner. Can’t even get health dept. to come LOOK at his place. Especially since the door is wide open! Lawyer wants $5,000 retainer fee! told me I have a math problem, and mold problem! Insurance companies don’t want to cover his damages , said it was HIS fault. He has not been in the unit for a year or more. Commode explosion and water running for six months created this mess!! WHO WILL COVER MY DAMAGES?

  5. Sam Solo says:

    I really hope I don’t see any dark circles forming on the wall in the future. I can just imagine that clearing out mold can be a costly endeavor. If it does happen, I’ll be sure to call a contractor to get rid of it.

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