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How To Kill Mold: Watch Your Interior Air Quality

By Wally Glenbroke

It’s really rather simple to learn how to kill mold in the home. If you just remove damp and increase the number of air changes in your house, you should be able to control the amount of mold you have. A bit of mold is normal but having great big patches of it on your walls, in the basement, or in your crawlspace is a warning sign you’d best heed.

Protection comes first. Mold can irritate your nasal passages and give you an allergic attack or asthma. Wearing rubber gloves and putting on goggles and a mask is the best way to deter this. If you get any mold on yourself, rinse it off with soap and water as soon as you can. Whatever mold you find in your home must be thoroughly removed with mold removers – you can buy a commercial one or make one yourself with bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or in Gram’s case, weak lye solution. Spray these on, making sure to cover all whole area, and allow staying for about an hour. Then grab your stiff brush and scrub everything off with hot water and soap. Use an old toothbrush in tight corners.

Now, how to kill mold in the surrounding environment? First, check the humidity levels. If humidity registers at more than 55% then it should be lowered. Ventilation can be improved by adding an exhaust fan to the room and venting the air outdoors. A dehumidifier can be used to dry out the circulating air. Finally, seal off any infested rooms with plastic to prevent it from spreading to other areas.

But no matter how good your ventilation system is, if your plumbing system is rotten, you’ll still get mold. The best way how to kill mold is actually by calling in a plumber whenever you see leaky pipes or a good handyman if you’ve got a drippy roof to stop the water at the point of entrance. If you’re constantly getting flooded, call in a landscaper to fix your garden so the water flows away from your foundation. It’s a bit expensive, yes, but small compared to the total amount of your house.

Keeping all this in mind may sound tedious but it’s these regular checks that control the mold build-up. Prevention is the key here, and you need to keep watch over poriferous materials like paper, fabric, wood, ceramic, and cement. Make sure books and documents are kept dry and clothing is stored in a secure place. The usual storage areas in the attic or basement are usually suspect. Take a tip from home experts on how to kill mold and wipe off wet sinks and counters. You can use some rubbing alcohol to help you dry things off quickly.

Grams knew a thing or two about being vigilant with black mold removal. It’s long been known to be of the malevolent type that causes illness and even death if left to run rampant in the home. Lately, it’s been linked to more aggressive types of asthma and bronchitis. Sunshine and plenty of fresh air; it’s funny how this long-time adage is now proving itself to be the best way how to kill mold in a house.

Wally Glenbroke blogs about home health issues. Read more about mold and mildew removal and bathroom mold.

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