How to Keep Black Mold Out of Your Home

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Not all black molds are created equal – some are harmless while others can be toxic to animals and humans. Stachybotrys is a type of toxic black mold that you may have heard about. It can grow in houses and can be quite toxic to family members and pets.

Toxic black mold is a greenish-black color and is usually slimy due to a wet layer on top. However, if it is relatively dry, it can also appear dry and powdery. The only way to tell is the black mold in your home is toxic is to have an expert examine it under a microscope.

To keep black mold and all others types out of your home, there are four factors to consider and control. Understanding how to control these factors will help keep your home free of mold.

* Moisture and Dampness.  It’s no secret that mold often grows in wet areas. It is important to walk around your house and identify any wet areas. Leaky pipes, cracked caulk on a window seal, ground water seeping through your walls, or potential trouble spots anywhere in the bathroom or kitchen can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Drying the area immediately is crucial. Once the area is dry, the next step is to fix whatever caused the dampness. Leaving a wet area for long periods of time greatly increases the chance for mold.

* Cleanliness.  Not only does a clean house look great, a clean house is also a safe house. Frequent cleanings will prevent mold from growing in your home. Clean all walls, ceilings, and floors that experience condensation build up, scrub all tubs, sinks, showers, and other non-pourous surfaces with cleaner, and make sure to pick up all food scraps and crumbs.

* Painting.  One of the best ways to keep bathrooms and kitchens free of mold is to get a new paint job. Specially formulated paints can help prevent the formation of mold in areas with moist environments.

* Lower the Humidity.  Most people don’t even think about the humidity in their home, but if mold is a problem, it may be because the humidity is too high. High humidity creates the ideal environment for the growth of mold. Though most people don’t know it, it is possible to measure the humidity in the rooms of your home. A hygrometer can be placed in any room and provide an accurate measurement of the humidity. The idea humidity should be between 30% and 50%.

* Regulate and Move the Air.  Cold air tends to be drier than warm air, but warm air will increase evaporation, which will keep the room drier. Keeping cold rooms warmer will help prohibit mold growth. While regulating the temperature, you should also keep in mind that stagnant air is also good for mold growth. It’s good to move the air so water vapor doesn’t increase and create a damper environment.  The use of any type of fan will help circulate the air and prevent the formation of toxic black mold in your home.

 

Posted on April 7th, 2014 by FloodMed

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