Mold growth in homes is most commonly found where water is, so on shower tiles and in air ducts, or in kitchen sinks. This fungus can also grow on walls or ceilings from leaks as a results of burst pipes or holes in the walls. While mold can be many different colors, it is always distinguished by its musty smell. Other symptoms that can indicate mildew growth in a home are poor indoor air quality resulting in inhabitants coughing or wheezing, irritated eyes or throats, or stuffy nasal passages. If you believe your have mold in your Rock Hill, SC home, call Andrews Heating & Cooling at 704-887-6143 for a mold test and removal.
What Temperature Should You Keep Your House To Prevent Mold?
Mold thrives in humid climates, so if your home is consistently hot and there is any chance of water or moisture in the air or on your walls, then spores will spread and the fungus will start to grow. To prevent this mildew from growing, keep your indoor air temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This will not only prevent your home from getting too hot and making it uncomfortable for the occupants, but it will help to control the humidity in the home, as well.
Can humidifiers cause mold? While humidifiers are great at helping with problems related to dry air such as breathing problems, nosebleeds, and dry skin, it can further increase the chances of the breeding grounds of mildew if you are not careful. The humidity level in a home should not exceed 50 percent or else the indoor air quality gets compromised as the air begins to feel stuffy, thick, and hot. This type of insufferable air is what mold thrives on, and will spread like crazy once this atmosphere is created. Even if your humidity level stays below 50 percent, if you don’t regularly clean out your humidifiers, mold can grow there as well, and the humidifiers can then just blow the spores into the air.
How Do I Get Rid of Mold in My House?
To get rid of mold or mildew in your home, you will need bleach and ammonia to kill the fungi. If the fungi covers more than 10 square feet of a certain area, then professional mildew removal is needed as you might have black mold hidden behind your walls which requires much more serious chemicals and expertise to permanently remove. A mold inspection using a mold or mildew test can determine this for sure. Be sure not to mix the bleach and ammonia together as the fumes are toxic, but to alternate using the products. The way you deal with this fungus and remove it is:
- Scrub the infested area with a mixture of water and laundry detergent, then let air dry.
- Wash again with a mixture of water, and ¼ cup of bleach.
- Don’t let the area dry before immediately scrubbing the surface with plain bleach.
- Wait 20 minutes and scrub with bleach again. Wait another 20 minutes and scrub with bleach for a third time.
- After another 20 minutes, wash the surface with an ammonia or borate-based detergent mixed with water to prevent the recurrence of mold. Do not rinse the borate mixture off.
- Repeat on any areas you see the fungus growing.
- Remove the cause of the fungus, such as repairing a burst pipe or replacing the ruined insulation that the mold grew on behind your walls. A basement waterproofing sealant can help to prevent any water from penetrating your walls and resulting in mildew growth.
What Prevents Mold Spores From Spreading?
How long does it take for mold to spread in walls? It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and start growing, with visible results of the fungus appearing anywhere from 18-21 days later. In order to keep the mold spores from germinating and spreading in that brief window of time, you need to act fast. As soon as you notice any moldy objects, isolate them and disinfect the area where you found them. While freezing does inactivate the mildew, it does not stop the spreading of the spores, it just kills the already-alive and spread ones.
The best way to keep these spores from spreading is to lower the humidity in your home to below 50 percent and cool down your home by lowering the temperature as well. Adjusting inside humidity can be tricky, but if the outside humidity is lower than the inside, try opening windows or turning on the air conditioning to help circulate fresh air. Installing dehumidifiers to suck the moisture out of the air can help, too.
Keep Your Home Safe With the Removal of Mildew
Not only is this fungus unsightly, but the fungus presents serious harm to human life when breathed in. if not taken care of, your health and home are severely weakened. If you have mold issues in your house and are having bad indoor air quality as a result, then you need to call Andrews Heating & Cooling at 704-887-6143 for dehumidifier installation to help remove mold in Rock Hill, SC today.