2 Mistakes To Avoid When Getting Rid Of Mold In Your House

After noticing an overwhelming musty odor in your home, you may have investigated the source only to find mold growing. Since you probably do not want the fungi thriving in your house, you may have decided to pull out the bleach and start cleaning. However, as there is more to a mold problem than what you see, take care that you do not make the following mistakes when trying to get rid of it.

1.  Assuming That the Removal of Surface Mold Is Sufficient

One mistake you should not make when trying to get rid of mold in your house is assuming that simply cleaning off the surface mold will suffice. Although the area will appear clean, more than likely you will not be able to get all of the growth.

Even if only small portions of the fungus remain in tiny holes, these can quickly regenerate and produce new growth. There may also be spores hidden inside cracks, crevices, wood fibers, and surface pores. 

Also, if mold is growing on the other side of the surface, such as inside the wall, it will only push its way back through and regrow on the surface. It usually takes professional cleaning to make sure that the mold is completely removed.

2.  Neglecting to Take Care of the Underlying Cause of the Mold

Even if you are able to clean the entire area as well as any hidden mold, not finding and taking care of any underlying causes of the mold will only result in regrowth. Since mold grows in dark, damp areas without much ventilation, neglecting to take care of these issues will only make the problem come back.

For example, if you found mold underneath your bathroom sink, there is most likely a pipe that is leaking or too much humidity in the room. If you do not have the pipe fixed or install adequate ventilation, the mold will simply come back no matter how often you clean it.

Even if you take care of the underlying cause of the mold and feel that you have cleaned it as thoroughly as possible, your house may still have hidden mold that will resurface and continue to cause issues. Instead of trying to get rid of the fungal growth yourself, contact a company that offers mold removal services to have them assess the extent of the growth and discuss various options for taking care of your mold problem.

For more information, contact a company like DiBiaso's Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.