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home maintenance  /  March 19, 2019

How to Get Rid of Mold

When it comes to controlling mold growth, prevention is definitely better than cure. Mold is a collective term for a group of fungi species that can grow almost anywhere. Unfortunately, most of the time they choose to grow in our homes. Mold, particularly black mold, synthesizes mycotoxins. This potentially deadly substance is the number one reason why many homeowners are taking extra steps to discourage the growth of this harmful fungus.

So, how do you stop mold in its tracks? Our expert craftsmen from Handyman Connection® of Grapevine have a few practical tips.

Three Factors

Despite its seemingly hardy nature, mold can be actually fragile. It has three primary requirements before it can grow and spread: First, mold needs a source of nutrition. This could be any organic matter on any surface in your home. Secondly, it needs moisture. Without moisture, mold cannot grow. Finally, it needs warmth. Like most living things, mold colonies thrive in warm environments. Removing any one of these three will greatly hamper its development.

Mold Control Don’ts

Many people resort to scraping up the mold they see. This is not a good idea. Mold spreads with spores, and scraping them up only releases more of these spores in the air, allowing them to circulate and reach other areas in your home.

Additionally, you may have also come across websites that say bleach or peroxide can eliminate mold growth. This is also a myth. Bleach does nothing to mold. However, many homeowners believe these work because they remove the stains that mold leaves behind.

The Best Solution

Your best solution to reducing mold growth and making sure that it stays away from your home is to control your indoor humidity. Consider getting a whole home humidifier, and keeping your humidity levels between 35% to 60%. This is particularly useful in areas where you use water the most, such as your kitchens and your bathrooms.

You can also discourage mold from ever taking root by cleaning the tiles and grout. If you suspect mold is growing on your caulking, remove the affected caulk, and replace it with new caulking immediately.

Find everything you need for a successful DIY repair at Handyman Connection of Grapevine. We are your number one provider of bathroom and kitchen repair and remodeling. Give us a call at (817) 533-4333, or fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate today.

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