spring cleaning: 5 tricks for removing mold and mildew - super water absorbent material
Start your spring cleaning plan with these five tips to remove mold and mold from your home and prevent it from coming back!
If you see a mold near a water pipe, wastewater line, ice maker line or pipe fixture, the mold is likely to get feedback from a nearby leak.
When you check if there is a damp place in the pipe and surrounding area, let the water flow to see if there is a leaking mold.
Remember that water can move in any direction
When it slides into a absorbent material like a drywall, down, sideways or even up --
Therefore, the actual leakage may have a certain distance from the mold.
Fix the leak once it is found.
Mold can be an early warning signal for moisture problems inside walls or ceilings, which can cause expensive problems such as wood rot.
Avoid the temptation to forget about it by simply wiping the mold --
Find and stop the water.
Learn how to prevent the mold before it starts.
If the mold grows on the exterior wall or ceiling, first look for leaks on the wall or roof as a test for the mold.
Measure from the moldy area to a reference point like a door, and then find spots on the other side of the wall or ceiling.
Closely check the nearby vents, flashing roofs, decks, window wells, and any wood rot.
Look for the ground tilted towards the house and empty it next to the wall.
If the ground around the house is too wet, the moisture enters the Foundation or slate and becomes continuously damp.
Make sure to install flashing correctly when fixing the leak.
If the mold is formed on the ceiling under the pipe or register and there is no sign of roof leakage, the poorly insulated pipe may be the cause.
Warm and humid air condenses and forms water on a pipe that transports cold air through the attic or crawl space.
Condensation is a sign that the pipe is not insulated or lacks a steam barrier.
In the end, water saturates insulation, drywall and mold spores (
The opposite is true in cold weather.
Warm air emits moisture from anywhere
For example, at the unsealed joint between the part of the pipe.
Check your pipe as a mold test.
Learn how to properly insulate the basement edge support beam.
Most molds are no problem, but sometimes tiny or hidden things make the surface look dirty.
When you dip the cotton swab in a diluted bleach, a quick test of the mold can be performed (
1 serving of white water and 16 serving of water)
Stick it on the wall.
If the scene is lit quickly (
Or continue to come back after cleaning)
The assumption is mold.
Mold testing tools can detect the presence of the mold and identify the type of mold, but they do not help to determine the cause or how to deal with it.
The story was originally published by Family Handyman.
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