Household moldâ€™s mortal enemy: a mop and a bucket of bleach and water.
Mold spores are present everywhere in our environment. But with a little bit of effort you can keep household mold in its place â€“ out of your home.
Indoors, mold grows best where moisture levels and humidity are high, such as in bathrooms andÂ basements and on ceilings and walls where water from leaking pipes, roofs, or windows can accumulate.
A thorough cleaning with bleach and water will remove household mold, but toÂ prevent its reappearance you needs to eliminate the source of the moisture.
Homeowner insurance policies generally donâ€™t cover repairs for mold damage (orÂ rot and insect infestation, for that matter). Standard policies provide coverage for disasters that are sudden and accidental but donâ€™t cover the cost of cleaning and maintaining a home.
Once exception: If mold is the result of a covered incident, such as a burst pipe, insurance may pay for the cost of eliminating the mold.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most molds pose no seriousÂ threat to humans, althoughÂ certain molds can produceÂ hay feverâ€like allergic symptoms, and those with asthma, allergies and other breathing conditionsÂ may be more sensitive to mold.
What aboutÂ â€toxicâ€ black mold? The CDC says the term is not accurate andÂ there is scant evidenceÂ that â€œtoxigenic moldsâ€ found inside homes cause dangerousÂ health conditions. The agency says hazards fromÂ such molds â€œshould be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house.â€
Soap and water or commercial products can clean moldy walls, floors,Â and ceilings, but theÂ CDC recommends a solution of one cup of bleach in a gallon of water to kill the spores and prevent their return.
To help prevent the growth of mold in your home, the CDC recommends theÂ following steps:
For more information on mold and moisture in homes, theÂ U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyÂ has a useful online guide with information on what causes mold growth and how to get rid of it, actions to reduce humidity and prevent water condensation, and how to test for mold.
Source & Picture: Pacific Union International blog