It doesn’t matter if you live in a brand new house or one that’s a hundred years old. It’s a well-known fact that if you don’t ventilate your home, condensation will occur. That’s because our homes are so well insulated these days, the moisture in the air has nowhere to go!
When you get condensation in your home, one thing’s for sure: you’ll start to see black spots on your walls. In case you didn’t know, I am talking about mold spores. As with any bacteria, they multiply and grow in numbers.
Mold is a problem for us all. Everyone’s homes suffer from condensation and mold issues. I hate it when those black spots appear! The good news is there are steps you can take to tackle the problem. Want to know what they are? Keep reading and you’ll find out!
Remove the mold
When you spot any mold problems, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. As with any bacteria, they grow and multiply in size. Even just a week’s worth of mold on your wall could increase two or three-fold!
There are many commercial products you can use to get rid of mold. I use one simple and affordable product: bleach. Before you start cleaning up the mold, it’s important to observe safety precautions.
First of all, wear gloves and a face mask. Second, open the windows to each room you work in to ventilate them. And, third, clean up any bleach spills. You might want to cover up any furniture to prevent damaging them.
When the mold is too tough to remove
Sometimes there will be cases where you can’t get rid of the mold no matter how hard you try. When that happens, you’ll need to have a builder come in and strip away any plaster and drywall. That’s because they’ll have to remove any underlying mold in your walls and ceilings.
Once they do that, they’ll need to leave your walls and ceilings “naked” to dry out. Last, but not least, they can repair those sections. As you can imagine, it can be a long and drawn-out process. But, it’s the only way to prevent recurring mold problems like those.
After the builders have fixed your rooms, you’ll need to hire a cleaning services firm. That’s because builders have a habit of leaving a lot of mess and debris and not clearing it up!
Preventing mold from returning
I’m afraid that I can’t guarantee you’ll have a mold-free house one day. But, what I can do is give you some pointers on lowering the risk of mold returning!
One cheap and easy thing to do is open your windows each day. You need to do this so you can equalize the humidity levels in your home. Humidity levels above 80% are where mold spores thrive.
Another option is to use a dehumidifier. If you have a portable or built-in air conditioning system, you can use that. That’s because a/c systems remove moisture from the air. They’ll also make temperatures more bearable in your home!
Otherwise, use bags of silica beads to absorb moisture from the air. You’ll know that they work because the beads turn into brine!