How to Spot and Remove Toxic Mold From Your Home

 


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As you walk into your home or apartment, do you detect an odd smell? You’ve cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed the living room floor and took out the trash but the place still has a strange scent to it. What can it be? It can quite possibly be a mold problem. If it doesn’t sound too great, guess what? It isn’t.

Toxic mold exposure can be dangerous and even fatal to some unlucky people whom come in contact with it. Don’t panic. There is no need to start checking every little nook and cranny in your home for mold. Molds are found in near every part of the world, thriving out in nature of in homes and building. The majority of molds pose little or no health risks to humans. Household molds exist in colors such as red, green, blue-green, brown and black. In fact, there are only two types of household molds that are toxic.

Finding mold in your home is actually quite common, and it’s not because your home is dirty and un-kept. Mold grows everywhere even the toxic variety as long as it finds a warm, moist place to call home. Many authorities believe as many as 50 percent of all homes in the U. S. may have some level of Stachybotrys mold infestation.

If you do believe you have a mold infestation in your home, then it is best to follow some of these following steps or to contact a contractor that is certified in the removal of mold.

1. Locate and fix all sources of mold-causing water intrusion such as recurring flooding, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs or siding, blocked air conditioning condensation drain lines, and high indoor humidity.

2. Inspect and mold test inside, above, and below each water-penetrated ceiling, wall, and floor with a hidden moisture meter, do-it-yourself mold test kits, or inspection by a Certified Mold Inspector.

3. Find and locate all toxic mold infestations, visible and hidden, in the entire home or building by thorough, all-around mold inspection and mold testing.

4. Test the outward airflow from each heating/cooling duct register for elevated levels of airborne mold spores. If there is a serious toxic mold infestation anywhere in a building, airborne mold spores from such mold locations will usually enter and contaminate the heating/cooling equipment and ducts, as well as the rest of the building.

5. Replace toxic mold-infested heating/cooling equipment and ducts if you can afford to do so. Otherwise, do repeated mold fogging with a mold fogging machine and an EPA-registered fungicide.

6. If residents or workers are experiencing any possible toxic mold health symptoms, if there is a strong smell of mold, if there are visible signs of major mold growth anywhere in the building, or if the building tests positive for elevated levels of airborne mold spores, the occupants should move temporarily to a mold-safe place until after successful mold remediation and clearance testing.

7. Do not paint over mold problems. Mold loves to eat paint as a snack food. Don’t expect to kill mold successfully by using paint or with a paint primer sold to hide water damage stains.

8. Before beginning to work in the mold-contaminated areas, try to contain the moldy work area by using wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling plastic sheeting as containment walls. This procedure contains the toxic mold spores that will be released into the air by opening up mold-infested walls and ceilings.

9. While working inside the mold containment area, always wear effective protective gear such as protective bio-hazard suits; painter's coveralls and booties; or a long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves. At all times, wear a one-piece, full-face breathing respirator mask with an organic vapor cartridge filtration, available at local safety, hardware, and home improvement stores.

10. Do not use chlorine bleach to kill mold or disinfect moldy areas. Bleach is not an effective or lasting killer of toxic mold growth and mold spores on and inside porous, cellulose building materials such as wood timbers, drywall, plasterboard, particleboard, plywood, plywood substitutes, ceiling tiles, and carpeting/padding.

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Bill recently graduated from College with a degree in Communications and also a degree in Journalism. He has been writing articles concerning health related issues for the past two years. Currently, he has been writing stories concerning the benefits of Myhomeus.com .

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