If you have had a powdery looking fungus resembling mildew growing on surfaces like walls, wood, carpets, clothing, food, leather sofa or ceilings in your house, it is time to consider black mold removal. Mold spores attach to these items in your house and can spread to air conditioners, HVAC systems or plumbing pipes.
Some warning signs that you actually have a problem
Start considering mold cleanup include moisture on surfaces in your house; yellowish water stains or greenish, blackish or brownish patches on the walls; a strange wet, musty odor and poisoning or breathing problems by people in your house who have been around the stains and odor. Mold allergies can be tough to diagnose if your physician has no idea about the other warning signs in your home.
One of the most optimal conditions for mold growth is the combination of humid or damp surfaces exposed to just the right amount of light and moderate temperature. Mold needs nutrition to grow after it forms, and it gets that by degrading whatever it is growing on. It breaks down the surfaces in your home and forms Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are what are dangerous to humans since they irritate mucous membranes, affects respiratory, and nervous systems.
To monitor for mold symptoms (or signs that you have been exposed)
Expect these triggers: headaches, cough, and red eyes, nausea, rashes or hives on your skin, memory loss and loss of concentration, lethargy and dizziness, irregular blood pressure, pain in the live or other organs, urinary tract infections. In some cases, infertility has even been linked to mold poisoning.
Of course, if you even slightly suspect this dangerous fungus is growing in your home, the first order of business is mold inspection. Pay a processional to come and identify the source of your moisture, confirm mold growth and recommend strategies for cleanup. Mold abatement may require you and your family leaving your home while the cleanup happens in order to protect you from the symptoms that can occur. Cleanup crews usually wear protective covering for their entire bodies much like hazmat teams.
If you want to do something to keep the problem at bay before it gets out of control, you can work hard to keep moisture in your house in check. If you have leaking pipes, roof leaks, condensation or other water related issues, they should be addressed immediately and not linger for long periods of time. Focus on dehumidifying your house if you are finding moisture to be a real problem. Also, make sure your HVAC systems and air ducts are always clean. If mold forms in these places, it can go unnoticed for months before you realize you have a problem. Bathrooms are also very dangerous places. The moisture that can come from daily baths and showers can lead to a mold problem. Keep everything clean and dry. Be proactive by using anti-mold cleaners or paints and removing any moisture issues within your house.
Different Types Of Mold Removal
Some DIY mold removal or natural mold removal can first be attempted if the mold is isolated to a small area or there is not a large quantity of mold. Natural mold removal can be through the use of Tea Tree Treasure, Vinegar, or citrus seed extract.