How do you get rid of mould

How do you get rid of mould

How do you get rid of mould – Unfortunately mold and condensation are growing problems in todays modern living, as homes get more energy efficient with double glazing, cavity wall insulation and much improved loft insulation they are becoming increasingly more airtight and draught proof. This is great news for keeping the heat in and the weather out, but not so good for the moisture generated by everyday living to leave your home, and this can create problems.

kill mold iconKill mold - You will find information on these pages that will help you get rid of mould, kill mould and clean mould from you home. All whilst raising the quality of the air you breathe and making your home warmer, cheaper to heat and more comfortable for you. It really does pay to get rid of mold.

 

How to get rid of mould

There are many different levels of mold problems, thankfully most people only suffer from small patches or confided areas of black mould. These localised black molds are normally found in the wettest rooms in our house such as bathrooms and kitchens and can still be a nuisance to deal with. If you’re unlucky you may spot mold or mildew elsewhere in the house like bedroom windows, glass and walls.

Don’t let mold take hold - We have made the most basic anti mold steps available as an easy three stage plan that is accessible at the bottom of the page and via large icons on the right hand side of the website. Here are those stages explained…

  • Stop condensation – Understand what you can do to stop condensation and mold
  • Prevent mold – How to control indoor humidity and make mold suffer
  • Clean mold – Now the mold is beaten, lets really clean up

Take it a step further ?- If after the first three stages of mold prevention and mold eradication you still have problems, please take a look at our listed air quality control measures, again featured on the right hand side of the website.

  • Dehumidifier – The best home dehumidifier with low running costs
  • P.I.V. systems – Home ventilation and air purification
  • Heat recovery – Not just home ventilation, home heat recycling too

 

Common places to find black mold

Black mould is normally the first visible indicator that you may have a problem, black mould can often be seen in bathrooms, on bath tiles, above skirting boards, exterior walls and plaster walls such as drywall, ceilings, behind beds and wardrobes, inside wardrobes and cupboards, around windows and window frames. It’s a very long list.

What does black mold look like

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some pictures of common mold…

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Black Mold above skirting boardsMold above skirting boards – Normally seen on or near an outside wall because that wall is colder than the inside walls, often unseen until furniture like a bed, cupboard or wardrobe is moved away. It can be an indicator of penetrating or rising damp also, so check guttering, damp proof courses and external pipes.

 

Black mold on bathroom ceilingBlack mold in the bathroomAgain you can see how black mold has grown not only on the outside walls, but any cold surface on the bathroom ceiling near the outside walls. A lack of sufficient insulation in the attic near the outside walls can also help to attract condensation and mold.

 

Black mold on ceiling and wallBlack mold on ceilingsThis a example of mold and condensation attracted by the cold surface that is the uninsulated part of the attic space where it has been difficult to get to from inside the house. This is not just an example of bad insulation, its a warning sign that the your home is too humid.

 

Black mold around windows double glazingBlack mold around windowsThis is very common around windows and window frames with single or double glazing. The pictured example is an aluminium framed double glazed patio door but it could be any window of any room in the house, with UPVC plastic or wooden frames.

 

Hidden mold

Sometimes mold may be hiding in places you don’t check, in these cases your nose may help you. Common and noticeable symptoms are moldy smells, a mildew smell or musty odours, which can alert you to hidden mould that in bad cases could be underneath floors or inside drywall cavities.

What causes mold

Normal every day activities such as showering, baths, washing and drying laundry, dish washers, cooking and even breathing, all contribute to the moisture levels in a house, and without the correct ventilation or preventative measures this can cause severe mould and damp problems over time. Condensation can sometimes be eradicated by inserting air bricks or opening windows to improve air circulation but this is not always practical or possible in winter months or cold weather. And if you have spent money on insulating your house, cold draughts from open windows may not be welcome. Quite often our homes may have advanced but our ventilation hasn’t kept pace

black mold on glass and drywall woodMold – The usual cause of mould and black mold around the house is prolonged damp or condensation, this may be caused by a source of damp like rising damp or a damp basement, but in nearly all cases it is poor air quality caused by a lack of proper ventilation. Pictured – Mold on wood behind drywall and on glass.

 

What is condensation

Condensation is caused by air borne moisture particles, minute droplets of water suspended in air. Think of it as an invisible indoor fog that turns back to water on contact with a cold surface, especially where there is no air movent. For example if you breathe on a mirror or glass, you will see a fine fog form, that’s condensation. A few seconds later and its gone, evaporated back into the air to join the rest, it’s as simple as that.

condensation on glassWindow condensation – Pictured this is everyones image of condensation, droplets of water formed on glass. What you don’t want is all this excess water being absorbed into timber, brickwork, solf furnishings, plaster and drywall to make it damp and stale. Mold loves it.

How do you get rid of mould

Ok so now we know what mould is… let’s kill it, clean it and cure it.
Also see…

Stop Condensation – The link between condensation and mold

Prevent Mold – Explains how managing humidity will help

Clean Mold – How to clean mold in common home situations