Fighting Black Mold in the Home
Once black mold has found its way into your home, you must fight back immediately or risk the health of your entire family. Mold can be toxic, and even your pets can react to it. It is important to identify areas that have black mold and figure out your plan of attack.
Black mold can be a problem in any part of the home, but it is most commonly seen on windows and walls. The bathroom is another area that has frequent mold problems. However, you may also have hidden mold in the attic, insulation, air ducts, basement and other areas. Finding the mold is the first step in the plan to eliminate it.
Most homeowners have to turn to professionals to have the black mold removed completely. After an inspection, you should receive an estimate of how much it will cost to do the job, and you should be prepared to pay for the work in addition to the possibility of having to pay for a hotel or motel stay. Depending on the severity of the mold infestation, you may not be able to safely live in the house during the removal process.
There are some DIY recommendations you may also want to consider as you fight mold in the home. Finding the source of moisture and eliminating it may be something you can do on your own or it may require professionals. In either case, this step must be followed before DIY treatments are done. Ventilation can help you by removing moisture, so it is important to consider if it needs to be changed. In addition, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the mold spots and remove them. White vinegar and baking soda is another option that can help you as you battle mold.
Published December 5th, 2014 11:20 PM
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