Dealing with Mold in your home.
Although it is a staggering statistic that over 50% homes have mold somewhere inside the house, it does not need to be a frightful one. Typically, colonized mold requires three conditions to exist and flourish; moisture, food and ideal temperature conditions.
The food can be any organic material such as wood, plaster, paper etc. The moisture can be caused by a poorly ventilated shower, a leaking basement, leaky windows etc. and the optimal temperature range for mold to grow is between 18 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Once mold begins to grow, it spreads by releasing tiny spores into the air. These spores will travel and adhere to other damp organic materials in the area and continue to reproduce. It’s the presence of these air borne spores that cause allergy and health problems for the occupants of a home.
Because of the fear of health issues, we tend to be afraid of dealing with mold clean up ourselves and are ultimately at the mercy of those who will do the job for us.
If you have excessive mold presence inside you walls or in your attic, you may want to consult a professional to ensure all of the mold is removed and or contained properly. For other mold clean up such as in isolated areas, there are products available to help get the job done easily and properly. Traditionally, homeowners have cleaned up mold with a bleach solution that can be toxic and provide only a short term relief. Bleach is not effective against mold, especially on porous surfaces. Mold spores can return and the cleaning cycle will have to be repeated again and again. Concrobium Mold Control is a product made of natural ingredients and free of any harmful chemicals. It is readily available at retail outlets such as Home Depot. When applied properly it works as it dries. It encapsulates the mold spores and effectively crushes and kills them. Once dry, it provides a barrier that prevents future re-growth on the surface.
There are several things to consider before remediating your mold troubles. Always ensure that you rectify the source of moisture first and ensure it will not return. Make sure that the caulking around your tubs and inside shower stalls is done properly so that you don’t have moisture retention in the corners of your tile work. Go to our website and get tips on the proper way to apply caulking so that it lasts.
Written by: Ramsin Khachi