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5 Mold and Mildew Removal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mold and mildew removal can save your life. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to mold can cause asthma in those who are allergic. Mold can also wreak havoc on your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs – even if you have no prior history with allergies.

Mold spores can irritate anyone – not just people who have asthma or other allergies.

Yet there are many misconceptions about mold removal products and procedures. People take to mold with a spray bottle filled with water and a dry rag. That does nothing.

Knowing what the most common mistakes are can help you kill mold and mildew for good. Here are five of them you should know.

1. Assuming Mold and Mildew Only Grow Inside

When people think of mold and mildew, they think of grimy interior walls. It is true that a lot of mold grows inside, especially in basements and along windows.

But mold and mildew do grow outside. Mildew is more common than mold on walls and siding. Yet mold can grow under window sills and in dirt.

2. Not Recognizing the Different Signs of Mold

Many people think that they don’t have mold because they can’t see mold. A common sign of mold is black fungus growing on walls. But there are many other signs you can look for.

You may develop respiratory symptoms like a cough or a runny nose. You may notice a strange odor, especially when you are on your roof. Exterior paint may start to bubble as mold builds up under it.

Be observant. Walk around the exterior of your home and involve all of your senses.

3. Using Bleach and Water

Ask someone how they are cleaning mold and mildew, and they’ll tell you they are using bleach and water. Bleach does not kill mold or mildew. It changes the color of the fungus white, which leads people to believe it’s dead.

Removal of mold and mildew from your home does not have to be so complicated. A heavy spray of water can dislodge the mold with some effort, and can even prevent future growth! There are also other preventive measures you can take as well, such as pressure washing your home’s exterior or even power washing your roof.

4. Not Cleaning The Unit and Inspecting Ductwork

It’s important to clean the HVAC unit and inspect the ductwork. If you see any signs of mold, it would be best to call a professional for an inspection.

Power washing your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit can help avoid costly repairs by preventing mold from attaching itself to the ductwork. Power washing your HVAC system also extends its life and improves indoor air quality making it easier to breathe with cleaner-feeling, more comfortable air.

5. Letting Moisture Run

Mold and mildew thrive on moisture. Many homeowners see water running down their walls and assume it will clear the mold away.

But moisture can get trapped in siding, ledges, and door frames. Where moisture gets trapped, mold can grow.

Caulk any gaps in your exterior surfaces. After a rainstorm, wipe the surfaces clean. If you see mold, apply spray to it instead of bleach.

What to Do For Mold and Mildew Removal

Mold and mildew are bad. You can get rid of them properly if you don’t make the mistakes listed above. Check interior and exterior surfaces for mold growth. You may not see mold, so check for a musty odor or bubbles in your paint.

Don’t use bleach and water. Spray antibacterial substances and use power washing.

Check your ductwork to see if there is mold buildup. Seal gaps in your walling and keep surfaces dry.

Turn to expert cleaners when you need help. Waves Power Washing is North Carolina’s leading power washing service. Book an appointment today.

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