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Tips for Removing Mold and Mildew

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 11:55am

Mold and mildew result from moisture, which means your bathroom and kitchen are prime areas for these invasive bacteria to show up. But mold and mildew removal doesn’t have to be a challenge — not if you know how to prevent it and clean it away properly. Here are some ideas for kitchen and bathroom maintenance that will help you avoid dreaded mold and mildew:

  • Insulation: Make sure any cold surfaces are properly insulated. What surfaces specifically? Windows, floors and exterior walls all get cold when it’s cold outside. Insulate to reduce condensation.
  • Temperature Control: This sounds intuitive, but make sure to keep your house warm in cool weather. If your house temperature drops with the outside temperature, air inside is less able to hold moisture and so it condenses on surfaces.
  • Dehumidify: Reduce moisture in the air by using dehumidifiers. Run the bathroom fan during showers to clear moisture in the air, too.
  • Open Doors: You can greatly increase your home’s circulation, which helps decrease condensation, by opening doors. It’s an easy thing to do that many homeowners never consider for combating mold and mildew.
  • Avoid Leaks: If you see early signs of mold and mildew around fixtures, lines and pipes, that mold and mildew is most likely coming from a leak. Turn on the water and then examine the nearby area for wet spots.
  • Stay on Top: It’s easy to clean away mold and mildew and forget about it. But cleaning doesn’t always help the problem. If you’re constantly cleaning away mold and mildew, check for moisture issues inside ceilings or walls. Staying on top of things and catching mold or mildew early is a great way to prevent a major issue that costs major money to fix.

If you do see mold in your bathroom or in other areas, take early action to remove it. One sure-fire method is mixing a cup of chlorine bleach into a gallon of warm water. Use rubber gloves and a firm brush to scour the areas affected by mold and mildew. After scrubbing once, let the solution soak in a little bit longer, and then scour more. Repeat as many times as necessary to remove the stains, and be sure to quickly wash any clothes that have been splashed by the solution or came into contact with the mold and mildew.

If mold growth is more than 10 square feet, it’s time to turn to a professional. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is the residential plumbing service you can trust for effective mold and mildew removal. We are proud to offer a team of licensed plumbers who are certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection and any plumbing-related project. Before mold and mildew get out of control in your home, give us a call.

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