Mold and mildew are two serious health hazards which can affect your home. It is important to learn how to spot mold and where you are most likely to find it. Then, you need to know how to treat mold and mildew.
Mold and mildew are not only health hazards, but they may also indicate that you have a serious structural problem in your home. Both may be an indication of a water leak, or that you have a crack in your foundations.
What does mold and mildew look like?
Mold often looks like little spots, and you may even associate mold with food but it can appear elsewhere in the home as well. It is most often associated with damp areas such as bathrooms, so you should look out for it in your bathroom.
If, you are noticing a lot of mold growth, you may have a ventilation problem and you should consider contacting a home renovation specialist.
Mildew is a form of mold but it is slightly different in appearance. As with mold it likes damp, but often grows on mass. In other words, it forms a powdery gray, black or white carpet which smells a bit musty or “earthy”.
As a homeowner you need to look out for both forms, and you should never just wipe it away. It is important to try to trace the problem back to its source. You may for instance have a pipe leaking in your bathroom, or water may be coming in through the roof.
Where am I most likely to find mold and mildew in my home?
You are more likely to find mold and mildew in dark, damp spaces in your home.
Ventilation and good lighting is important, but it is equally important to be aware that you may have a more serious problem on your hands.
It is very tempting to get a good quality cleaner and just to wipe it off but this could be a costly mistake. You may find it is difficult to identify the source of the problem, and it is therefore best to contact a home renovation contractor to help you find the cause.
So, what is going wrong in my home?
It may not be anything serious, but mold and mildew can be caused by leaking pipes, bad drainage and faulty plumbing. Both can also appear for the first time after a flood, and it is important to dry out your home properly after a leak.
However, the problem can also arise from a leaky roof or problems with your HVAC system.
Any source of moisture makes an ideal breeding ground for both mold and mildew.
What Should I do?
Try to identify the source if you can, but if you are not sure you should always call a home renovation contractor. Home renovation contractors are often multi skilled, and will have a lot of experience in dealing with dampness and moisture problems.
If you clearly identify the source to be leaking pipes, or if there is a smell of sewage, you should contact your plumbing service.
The most important thing is to remember to never ignore mold and mildew. Always take action to maintain your home, and never forget that mold and mildew can affect your family’s health.