Best Practices for Mold Remediation
For those fighting mold problems, you need to know some very important facts:
FIRST: What you see may only be the tip of the iceberg. If you see mold on any porous surface, you must be sure that what is behind that moldy surface is not much worse where you cannot see.
SECOND: Most mold can trigger allergies, and some are more allergenic than others. There are hundreds of mold types, and only a professional mold test will show the facts. Worse yet, some mold types are "toxigenic", meaning they will literally wear away your immune system and make you sick.
THIRD: Every mold problem can be traced back to a water source. No matter how you clean the area, the mold will always return until you find and stop the flow of water. Something as simple as a sweating cold water pipe behind the wall can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
FOURTH: Ventilate the attic. Adding extra insulation may help keep your house warm, but it may block the eave vents. If the attic cannot breathe, it will turn into a terrarium that spreads mold across the interior of your attic.
FIFTH: Change your furnace air filter every three months, and have your air ducts checked to assure that your existing or next home does not hold pollutant and mold spores from years of past owners.
Mold infestations fall under the heading of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), so the overall health of a house or building has many contributing factors. One of the common problems is mold and mildew. Avoid storing things in cardboard boxes, wood containers, etc. Remove wood shelves when possible. Other than water, paper and wood are the food of choice for mold, and once it starts, it never goes away on its own.
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