HOW TO CLEAN MOLD GROWING IN YOUR HOME
Mold in or on windows:
If Mold has grown on windows, in most cases you can it on your own. However if the mold is growing on the window sill or window frame and is penetrating the surface further remediation will most likely be required.
What can I use to clean molds?
You will want to use soap and water, or a mold product often available in stores. If using a mold product, read the label, apply it for the right dwelling time (how long it needs to stay on the surface before cleaning), clean the mold, wipe it down, bag the cloth /paper in a bag and seal it of (tie it up), then throw it away. Not it is also good to hepa vacuum and clean all surfaces. Also make sure you have lots of fresh air coming into the area you are cleaning.
It’s better to know how to prevent mold on windows:
- Wipe down the condensation that is on and around your windows; further more prevent condensation in the first place: If you see condensation on your windows it is a good indication that your heat is too high compared to the temperature outside in the winter or your air conditioning is too high compared to the temperature outside in the summer. Thus causing your humidity levels to be too high in your house, when the heat in your house meets the cold window this causes condensation and vice versa in the summer. It may also be an indication that your windows were improperly installed or improperly insulated or caulked, allowing water to penetrate and build up between your windows and allowing cold spots where it is not insulated. This also may affect the drywall below your window. In this case, this is no longer situation that you can handle yourself and it is a good idea to call us, we will provide a free visible mold inspection and a free estimate.
- Clean the dust that always finds a way to build up on your windows, sill and window frames. Dust is a food source for mold and if there isn’t a food source mold will not grow on a non-porous material (example: Glass). Mold grows behind the screen (net), in between the windows, the frames, and one of the reasons this occurs is the dust buildup, giving mold a viable food source and allowing it to continue to grow. It is a good idea to take apart your windows depending on the type you have and vacuum, wipe them clean with soap and water and dry them completely before reinstalling them. Also vacuum your window screens and spray them clean with soap and water and again allow your screens to fully dry before you reinstall them. This is a good chore to add to your spring cleaning list. If water is penetrating your windows it is a good indication your windows were not properly installed and if the same person installed all of your windows you may have similar problems below and around all of your windows.
Clean Molds from Dry wall:
In Most CASES it can not or should not been done alone, mold on drywall usually penetrates since it is a porous material, and therefore is notjust surface mold. Generally there is more than meets the eye if it is on the front of your drywall there is a good chance you will find more mold on the back of your drywall. Because of this by disturbing the mold on your drywall you are causing it to go into defence mode and it will release millions of spores into your air and may spread to other areas of your home. Just like when a maple tree is under stress it will drop thousands of keys as a defence mechanism to try and reproduce itself, it is the same when it comes to mold on your drywall.
Mold On ConreteClean mold from concrete:
If you can clean it – If your basement is not finished scrub all of the concrete with a steel brush and T.S.P and then wipe down entirely, you still need to disinfect and hepa vacuum. In a lot of cases when you see white on your concrete it is commonly mistaken for mold, but it is actually efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when excess water meets concrete (calcination) and in most cases is a good indication that you have foundation or waterproofing issues or a leak coming from another source in your home. If the white areas continue horizontally around the perimeter of your basement it is most likely a foundation problem. If the white marks are coming down your wall then the source is coming from somewhere else. However there is white mold and without mould testing we can’t be certain if it is mould or not.
How is Mold Cleaned up Successful?
- The mold contaminated area needs to be sealed off completely from the rest of your home or business.
- The mold contaminated area needs to be put under negative pressure this is obtained with the use of Negative Air Machines (Air Scrubbers) with tubes sending filtered air directly outside, a Secondary Filter on a Window bringing Filtered air back in the mould contaminated space and Barricades sealing off all entry ways into the space and Sealing off any duct vents in the mold contaminated space.
- Removal of Organic Porous Moldy Materials such as Clothing, Carpets, Ceiling Tiles, Drywall, Pressed Board and Upholstery in most cases can’t be cleaned effectively and must be disposed of. Semi Porous Moldy Materials such as Wood Studs may be able to be saved depending how affected the material is but the mold can’t just be cleaned, it must be completely removed, this is done by sanding or ice or soda blasting. Non-Porous Materials can be saved but must be completely disinfected. Moldy materials must be bagged In 6mm Poly and Sealed before removing from the contaminated area.
- All surfaces in the entire area must be Hepa Vacuumed, then all surfaces must be disinfected and then Hepa vacuumed again.
What will determine the speed of mold growth?
- Air flow
- Temperature (usually above 3 deg. C)
- What organic material is actually wet (e.g. mold grows faster on dry wall than wood)
If mold is clearly visible then it is growing and will reproduce by releasing it’s spores that will settle in surrounding areas if allowed to aerate. Under perfect conditions mold colonies can grow at 1sq inch per day and cover surface areas of several square feet in less than a week.
Other common questions: can mold grow in the wintertime? If I can’t see mold, does it still grow?
Mold can grow safely in our refrigerator at temperatures below 4 deg. C, we’ve all witnessed this before. So the assumption that mold doesn’t grow in the winter time is certainly untrue. It is agreed in the wider scientific community that common household mold will not grow outdoors at -15 deg. C though temperatures rarely drop below 5 deg. C in the home, even in the coldest and darkest of basements.
Is there a difference between Mold and Mildew?
Mold and Mildew have many parallel features, but they are slightly different types of fungi, and are often different in color and texture. Mold and mildew can grow in many of the damp and warm locations. Often they are mentioned as one since they have the same effects. In many cases mildew is another word for Mold. The treatment required is same; the protocol to follow will be the same since both of them release spores that can affect our health. Mildew can grow nearly anywhere so treating it as soon as it is noticed is vital.
Mildew Removal can sometimes be cleaned up by yourself, but you should consult a certified company first!
A FEW FACTS ABOUT MOLD
- Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are Moulds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Elevated Mould will be found indoors, the question is what type of Mould exists indoors and how much of it.
- The source of the water problem or leak must be repaired to prevent mould growth.
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with Mould exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems. People bellow the age of 5 and above the age of 50 are in the higher risk category, as well people with weaker immune systems.
- The term “Toxic Mold” refers to Molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys chartarum also known as “Black Mold”. This is the most dangerous type of mold and it should not be found within your living and working environment.