Not only is mold a major eyesore, but it’s also a serious threat to you and your family’s health. In certain situations, it can also cause structural damage to your home. That’s why it is so important to act quickly from the moment you notice the mold growing. Even the smallest outbreaks can turn into a major issue if not dealt with immediately. If you find the pesky fungus spreading along your walls, here is what you need to know about mold abatement!
Find more mold abatement and remediation tips in our ServiceMaster of Charleston blog. If you’re in need of help, be sure to contact us as soon as possible and inquire about our professional mold remediation and testing services!
How to Perform Mold Abatement on Walls
Surface molds grow in almost any damp environment, which makes your bathroom, basement, and even laundry room walls more susceptible to mold development. Smaller patches of mold on a painted wall can often be removed by scrubbing with a cleaning agent such as bleach, distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or commercial mold remediation products. For larger outbreaks, we highly recommend calling professional mold removal companies.
Quick Tips for At-Home Mold Abatement
- Always work in a well-ventilated area
- Keep kids and pets away from the cleaning products and affected area
- Always wear protective gear: long sleeves/pants, non-porous gloves, glasses and a mask
- Test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure the cleaning product won’t discolor or harm the walls
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaning agents
- Spray the cleaning agent directly on the mold and allow it to sit for a few minutes
- Scrub the mold away with a stiff-bristle brush
- Rinse the area with warm water
- Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth
- Repeat the process if needed
How to Prevent Mold in the Future
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend keeping humidity levels below 50% indoors. Running an air conditioner or dehumidifier can reduce indoor humidity in your home. They also work great for businesses!
Exhaust fans should be installed and used in all bathrooms and kitchens. Likewise, your clothes dryer should be vented to the outside.
Stop moisture from entering a home or other building by sealing cracks in the foundation, in the attic and around windows, doors, and walls.
Make sure all gutters are clear and that the downspouts divert water away from the foundation. This prevents water from pooling next to the building.
Use mildew-resistant building materials and mildew-resistant paint when remodeling. You can also add mold inhibitors to regular paint.
Need Help? We’ve Got You Covered!
Whether you’re dealing with a major mold outbreak or just don’t have the time to handle it yourself, ServiceMaster of Charleston is here to help! Our professional and expert staff use the latest technology and proven techniques to deliver quality results. That way, you can focus more on what really matters in your life and less on the dirty work. We also provide reliable residential cleaning, commercial cleaning, and reconstruction services. Contact us today and let us know what we can do for you!