One of the situations that property owners have to deal with is the presence of molds in the property. Unfortunately, one of its characteristics is that the mold has to recur in the home. It is not unusual to discover a new patch of growth even after you clean it up.
To fully understand the problem, it is necessary to delve into the characteristics of molds in the first place. Molds are kinds of fungi that are so small they need to be viewed under the microscope. They also have the ability to flourish and breed quite quickly. In the process, they produce spores and mycelia. The fact that they can reproduce rapidly is the reason why mold can be a recurrent. Just when you clean up an area, the mold has already produced spores that will allow it to grow in another location.
There is no home in which molds are not present. They can be found in food that makes them spoil. In some instances, such as in cheese, the mold is actually wanted. Decay in vegetation such as leaves and wood can also be due to molds. Even the musty smell in the garage can mean that molds are in the area.
In some situations, the molds are useful and are far from harmful. They can even be ignored because they are naturally occurring. However, they can sometimes be detrimental as well. When their growth becomes uncontrolled or they cause discomfort to the occupants of the property and damage to the structure, then there is a need to address the issue.
One of the reasons for the recurring problem of molds is that the environment does not change. They tend to flourish when a particular location is full of moisture and nutrients. Thus, damp places mean that molds can keep on returning. On the vice versa, if the humidity levels are altered, then the molds will not grow.
A peak in the moisture level can be due to the fact that water reaches the indoors from the outside. Some of the usual points of entry are the floors, walls and roof. Anywhere where parts of the house meet at a corner are considered as weak points when it comes to resistance to leaks. Plumbing, when they are old or damaged, can also be a source of water inside the home. Sometimes, normal activities can be the culprit of the growth of molds. People may be contributing to the problem just by bathing, laundering or cooking. If there is not a sufficiently-functioning ventilation system, the water can accumulate and lead to the growth of molds.
Property owners should be aware that puddles or pools of water are not necessary for the molds to appear. People are often surprised to see patches of mold in their homes again even after the water has been dried up. This is because there are types of mold that can survive even without visible signs of water because the moisture in the air is enough for their survival.
To deal with recurring mold problem, the most important thing that a property owner can do is to address the humidity levels in the structure. This can be done by making the necessary repairs in the building and by installing dehumidifiers in strategic areas. For places that are prone to flooding, placing sump pumps in the property can be quite helpful in preventing the water from accumulating.
Altering the environment can be the best way to stop the mold from coming back again and again. When the location is hostile to their life cycles, they will not survive and much less, reproduce. But in addition to controlling the amount of water in the home, there are some other things that the property owner can do that will ensure that once the mold is removed, it stays gone.
*Throw out mold items
A mistake that is often made by property owners is that they tend to hang on to the things that were damaged by the mold. Clothing, paperwork, upholstered furniture can be hiding places of mold that can come back with a vengeance if it is not properly addressed. If there are unused items around the home that have mold growths, it is better to discard them right away. Just make sure that you wear the right protective gear such as gloves and a mask when you do. Moving these items around can stir up the mold spores and cause people within the area to fall ill. Even if the items do not have traces of mold in them, it is recommended to do an occasional session of general cleaning where old items are thrown up. Fewer items in the property mean that there are fewer materials that are present to absorb the moisture and house the mold. If there are some items that have sentimental value and cannot be thrown out, then store them properly by sealing them with plastic bags to prevent them from being contaminated by the mold again.
*Thoroughly vacuum the area
Cleaning the property after a mold infestation goes beyond scrubbing and wiping. Vacuuming the location is also necessary because the spores need t be taken care of. Do not confine the cleaning in the area where the patches of mold were found. Instead, include all exposed surfaces such as the walls and ceilings because the spores could have travelled to those places and later cause problems. When vacuuming, do not forget to empty the bag regularly. Otherwise, it may not perform the job that it sets out to do. It is better to vacuum the area rather than to sweep it because sweeping will only stir up the spores made by the mold and make them go airborne. Not only does this spread out the mold to other parts of the home but it can also be dangerous because the spores can be inhaled, causing illness or injury.
*Empty the dehumidifiers and clean the vents
Although this might seem like a simple step, it is actually not uncommon for property owners to forget emptying the dehumidifiers found around the home. This is an important step because it again goes to the principle of keeping the home free of moisture to prevent it from becoming an ideal breeding ground for mold. Dehumidifiers only work if they are maintained and cleaned properly. Otherwise, it will not have the ability to absorb the moisture and will only recycle the contaminated air. In addition to this, a mold problem also signals the need to clean and disinfect the ventilation and airconditioning systems. Mold spores can become airborne and be sucked in to these places. If these are neglected to be cleaned, then the air itself can be a means of transferring the mold and propagating them to respawn in a different area of the property.
*Isolate an infected area
To prevent mold from recurring, isolate the area that was infected. The reason for this goes back to the ability of molds to produce spores which can easily travel from one location to another. The chance of an ongoing mold problem is lessened if you only have one place to deal with. To do this properly, cover the moldy surfaces with a plastic sheet and secure the edges with duct tape. This is a temporary means of addressing the issue until it can be thoroughly cleaned. When working on the place where mold is found, change your clothing before moving to other places in the property. The spores can easily stick to your clothing and be transferred to other places if you are not careful. In these instances, the mold simply moves to another location rather than being completely eliminated.
*Seek the help of professional mold cleaners
If the mold problem persists even after cleaning, this could mean that the problem is too severe to be handled by ordinary cleaning techniques. In these situations, it is best to call a professional who are equipped with the right tools and industrial-grade cleansers to do the trick. For example, air-blowers, or large and powerful fans to help facilitate the drying process of the room. In addition to this, chemical cleaners can kill molds and prevent them from recurring. The reason why these are effective is also the reason why a professional is necessary to use them. Chemical cleaners can be highly toxic so proper training is needed to handle them safely and effectively. Thus, the contractor that is hired must be properly licensed and have the right skills and training to do the job properly. Otherwise, there is a danger of not getting your money’s worth. Property owners should consider the hiring of a professional mold cleaner as an investment towards having a better place for improved living conditions and an appreciation in the value of the property.
Although the problem of mold can be quite difficult to banish from the property entirely, this does not mean that this is impossible. Through proper maintenance and careful attention to detail, even the most persistent of molds can be eliminated. There is no need to live with the problem of a recurring mold infestation and property owners can enjoy a healthy and happy environment permanently.