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Stop Mold

Is There a Way to Stop Mold?

Blue Cheese is made with moldWhat do you usually think when you think of mold?

“Yuk”!

Then you begin thinking of ways to stop or get rid of it

But there are types of mold that are good, and some that are extremely important to us:

  • We use mold to create some types of cheeses like Brie, Gorgonzola or Blue cheese.
  • It is used in brewing beer.
  • We use is to make penicillin.

Unless you are allergic to these things, the mold in them is perfectly safe.

Unfortunately, all molds are not created equal, and there are many that are harmful, especially when they grow undetected in your home or at your place of work.

The problem with mold

Mold spores drift through the airMold finds it’s way into your home as tiny spores drifting through the air. (Think of how a dandelion spreads.) As they land on surfaces such as carpets, wood, insulation, wallpaper and other organic surfaces they can begin to grow.

If our homes have moisture or high humidity along with a warm environment, we provide mold with the perfect conditions for growth and reproduction of more spores – re-starting the cycle.

In the Seattle area, with our humid fall and winter seasons, mold is a constant threat, especially in our bathrooms and showers.

One family I know has a small bathroom off their master bedroom that has just one little window and no ventilation fan. Their ceilings and walls, no matter how often they clean them, are constantly covered with mold. Once it starts is spreads quickly.

This family, like many others wonders, can we stop the mold?

Although we can never totally get rid of mold spores, there are ways that we can control it’s growth.

Because mold thrives on moisture, when we control that, we make it much more difficult for mold to grow indoors.

  • Monitor your home’s humidity: Moisture meters can be purchased at many hardware stores.
  • Steam adds to humidity to cause moldHave proper ventilation: Make sure your laundry, your showers and your stoves are vented to the outside.
    • It’s also a good idea to run your kitchen ventilation fan while running the dishwasher.
  • Keep good air flow in your home: 
    • Keep doors between rooms open as much as possible for good air movement.
      • It’s even helpful to open closet doors.
    • Open your windows occasionally, even in the winter to let fresh air in.
    • Don’t keep your furniture pushed up against the walls.
  • If you love houseplants, add a little Taheebo tea as you water them, it will help keep mold from starting in the warm, moist soil.
  • Check you roof and attic: If you have a leaky roof, mold will start growing in your attic.
  • Don’t store firewood indoors.
  • Repair any plumbing leaks.
  • Make sure your crawl space is well insulated and ventilated.
  • Vacuuming regularly helps remove mold spores.

If you think you have a mold problem, don’t panic, but don’t wait either.


Remove Mold

Are You Worried About the Dangers of Mold?

Have mold remediatedCertainly mold growth in your home is very undesirable, but there really isn’t any reason to be afraid of it, unless you don’t have it properly taken care of.

Mold is sneaky, it can start growing in places you can’t see and remain undetected for a long time. The important thing is that when it is discovered that the situation is taken care of quickly, correctly and permanently.

The process of removing mold is called:

Mold Remediation

The term remediation simply means: to remedy, or remove something bad or defective, correcting a fault. In this case, the something “bad” is mold.

Using the right procedures and products, mold can be removed from your home or office and you can once again breathe easier knowing there is no further danger.

Mold removal is a process

If you think you may have mold in your home…

  • Inspect for moldThe 1st step is to have certified inspectors thoroughly inspect your home.
    • They will look in places you might never consider looking.
    • They will give you a report of their findings and a detailed proposal for remediation.
  • Next, the area in question must be contained.
    • Rooms must be isolated.
    • Areas like vents, ventilation ducts, cold air returns and other openings must be sealed off.
  • Then the mold is treated, preferably with EPA-registered products, which are designed to fight contamination.
  • If there are items or materials that cannot be remediated, they must be removed and discarded.
    • Such things as drywall, carpet, upholstery, cabinetry or padding
  • An extremely important part of remediation is the clean up. It’s essential that all debris and hard to notice particles are properly cleaned up and removed in order to properly complete the process.
    • HEPA vacuuming is a must.
  • Next, an EPA-registered anti-microbial product should be applied to prevent regrowth.
  • Finally, another complete inspection should be held to make sure that all mold has been removed and all areas have been treated with the anti-microbial.

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider with IICRC certified inspectors.

This is the proven process that we follow, a process that will provide you with peace of mind so you can breathe easier.

If you think you have a mold problem, don’t panic, but don’t wait either.