Article and photos by Steve Maxwell
Courtesy of Homes and cottages
Mold is an essential and healthy part of any natural ecosystem, but when mold appears inside your home, that’s another matter. Mold growing inside any part of your house is ugly, unhealthy and surprisingly common. That’s why every homeowner should understand basic indoor mold control know-how. Here are the six steps you need for effectively dealing with the mold in your life and making sure it doesn’t come back.
Step#1: Assess the Situation
Begin by revealing the full extent of mold growth in the affected area. This could be easy or difficult depending on how much wall, carpet or ceiling you need to tear away. That said, investigation is a step that’s significant for more than obvious reasons.
Mold authorities in Canada and the U.S. say that homeowners can tackle indoor mold issues themselves, but only if the affected area is no larger than 30 or 40 square feet.
Anything bigger is probably a job for a pro. Professional help is also strongly recommended if your situation involves sewage backup. Bacterial contamination poses its own threats that go beyond mold hazards.
Step#2: Eliminate the Moisture Source
Mold is always associated with moisture in some way. Without moisture, mold can’t grow on anything. With sufficient moisture mold can grow almost anywhere. This is why a permanent mold solution always involves creating dry conditions. Liquid water leaks are easy enough to spot, but moisture vapour and condensation can also be a hidden source of trouble. Basements are especially susceptible to water vapour infiltration through masonry walls and floors, and ventilation is not always the answer. See Musty Basement Management to understand when to open windows and when to keep them shut.