Tackling Bathroom Mold and Mildew

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Tackling Bathroom Mold and Mildew


Mold can be found almost anywhere; mold needs moisture and a food source to grow. Common food sources include wood, paper, carpet, drywall etc. The most common places for mold to grow inside of your home is your basement, attic and bathroom. Bathroom mold or mildew needs to be taken seriously and corrected ASAP to prevent the problem from progressing. It is important to tackle mold quickly because it can have serious consequences for your health, especially for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. One of the best ways to deal with a case of bathroom mold is to hire a professional contractor.

Even if you do decide to tackle the mold problem yourself, it is helpful to ask professionals to come and inspect your home and at least identify the kind and scale of mold problem that you are dealing with. The one true way to know what type of mold(s) you are dealing with would be through testing and analysis by an accredited lab by the mold professional.

A great tip for dealing with bathroom mold is to create a borax cleaning solution. Combine 1 cup of Borax with 1 gallon of hot water. Mix the solution together, spray it onto your bathroom tiles and then use a scrub or a bristle brush to clean the affected areas. You need to make sure that you are not only cleaning or removing the mold properly, but that you also have the proper ventilation in your bathroom. A lot of DIY mold removal tips and house cleaning products are great for getting rid of unsightly mold but they don’t actually kill the mold at the source. This means you can enjoy a clean surface for a while, but since the root of the problem has not been tackled it will invariably return.

Make sure you have a good quality bathroom fan that is vented properly through the roof and not into the attic. This may be worth a peek into your attic or crawl space to ensure the bath venting has been done properly. Simply utilizing your bathroom ventilation fan can drastically improve the ventilation of your space. It is recommended to turn your fan on while showering and leave it on after a shower; ensure it runs for at least half an hour afterwards. Along with your ventilation fan, it is also important to leave the door open to your main bathroom dwelling to allow fresh air to move in and replace the stale air. This helps keep the circulation of the room moving and makes it difficult for water vapor to build up on surfaces.


If you have mold growth or do not have the proper ventilation in your bathroom then you need to contact a professional to have this addressed. The sooner you take care of the problem, the better to prevent it from getting worse and essentially making the cost less to you. Comprehensive Mold Management can take care of the mold removal and ventilation in your home. Call us today for a *Free estimate to see what needs to be done to make your living space healthy. 
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How Mold Can Impact the Value of Your Home

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How Mold Can Impact the Value of Your Home

Mold can negatively impact a property valuation in a variety of ways. If you own residential property, you must make sure you understand what mold is doing to your property. You must consider all the things that mold does to the house before you take action to rectify the problem.
Visual Appearance
Mold can drastically alter the appearance of the interior of your home. Mold inside your home can leave spotting and marks on the walls, floors, ceilings and rafters. Someone who is diligently inspecting the house will notice these marks. The valuation of the home may be lowered based on such cosmetic problems.  
Mold & Your Health
Any home that has been infested with mold is not going to be a healthy place to live. Healthy people can experience annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. According to the EPA, studies show that mold odors in the home can increase the rates of asthma in children up to 2.5 times.
When someone is valuing the home, they will take note of the air quality or presence of mold in the space. If you are in possession of a house that has been stricken with mold, you need to make sure that you have the mold removed by a professional. A professional cleaning will remove the mold, clean the home and make it appear as though the mold was never there. Mold removal companies that do the work properly also correct the moisture issue, by installing the proper ventilation or proper drainage in the basement. You will have a chance to raise the value of the house by doing this, and you can avoid a sudden drop in the value of the house when mold is discovered. (Check with your mold removal specialist about their warranty’s transferability to the new owners.)
Fear
Even when the mold has been removed from the space, you will find that people do not want to live in a home that was once infested with mold. This fear in unfounded in almost all cases, but you cannot prevent people from being afraid of a home that was once overtaken by potentially toxic mold.
Mold that takes over a home has a profound effect on the price of the home. A real estate agent knows that a moldy home will not sell for a high price, and a potential buyer may not be willing to offer a high price for the house. You must take action to correct your mold problem and bring the cost of the home back up over time.
With regard to molds, the public needs to understand the health risks that may result from mold spores in the air. They need to understand all that is involved in air testing for type and quantity of molds, understand the remediation process and then testing again for post remediation air quality. Also, understand that moisture control is critical in any enclosed area and critical to the control of molds. Mold inside your home is a serious problem, which is best handled by professionals to protect your health and to ensure that it is taken care of properly. 
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Fall Cleaning Check List

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Fall Cleaning Check List


Fall is quickly approaching, utilize the remaining few weeks of nice weather to tackle cleaning up your home. Your home both inside and outside needs to be prepared for the upcoming cooler weather. Each home is unique and needs special attention to certain areas, so use this as a starting point and adjust it as needed.

Inside Your House
Wash all windows.
Use glass cleaner, or one squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water, and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Pick a cloudy day so you can better see any streaks. If there is mold around your windowsills then you can clean it with a Borax solution. Combine 1 cup of Borax with 1 gallon of hot water in a bucket and wipe area with a sponge and solution.
Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, and treated fabric blinds.
Use a low setting with a brush attachment. Vinyl shades can be wiped down with a dampened microfiber cloth if they need a little more attention.
Moderately dirty window treatments need a two-step approach.
Start by dusting or vacuuming the valance and frame, then vacuum from top to bottom using the upholstery attachment for drapes, and the brush attachment for blinds. Or submerge blinds or shades in a few inches of cool water and two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (check labels first to make sure this is safe). Take out the metal weights first; they can rust.
If your window coverings are very dirty, check labels for cleaning instructions.
Some cotton, polyester, rayon, and wool drapes can be machine washed on delicate. Always send lace, linen, satin, and silk drapes and shades to a professional cleaner.
Clean the walls.
Dust, wash, rinse, and dry painted or wood-paneled walls.
Clean ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
Vacuum and spot-clean upholstered furniture and cushions.
Deep-clean if necessary.
Wipe down the kitchen cupboards.
Empty them, wash them down, replace liners (if you use them), declutter, and reorganize. You may need a grease cutter for areas near your range top.
Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil.
Use your vacuum’s brush attachment and gently vacuum it. This saves the life of your appliance and cuts down on electrical costs.
Do the carpets.
Have carpets professionally cleaned if needed.
Evaluate any wooden floors.
Have scratched or dull wood floors professionally scuff-sanded and recoated, or completely refinished.
Spruce up your computer.
Dust the tower, especially near the fan, clean and wipe down the keyboard, and dust off the monitor with a microfiber cloth.
Straighten the closets.
Declutter and reorganize. Donate unwanted items. Mold tends to appear in full or overstuffed closets due to lack of air circulation.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Or install them, if you haven’t yet.
Replace the furnace filter.
If you haven’t changed your furnace filter within the past three months, do so now. Look for an anti-microbial type.
Sweep the chimneys.
Have the wood-burning fireplace and stove flues and chimneys professionally inspected and swept.
Declutter and clean out the attic and basement.
If you find more than 10 sq. ft. of mold, call a professional. (Items too close to walls may contain moisture or mold.)

Outside Your House
Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.
Repair or replace as needed.
Check and clean the gutters.
Do the downspouts, too. These should go out away from foundation by at least 6’.
Clean the patio furniture.
Then store away, making sure it is fully dried out.
Drain and store garden hoses.
Check the exterior paint.
Touch up as needed.
Drain the pool, if applicable.
Close it up for the year.

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