Molds, like monsters, come in many different forms. Sometimes they can be detected by scent, but at other times they can be mysteriously odorless. They have ferocious-sounding names like alternaria, aspergillus, and stachybotrys, also known as the notorious black mold. Though not all black-colored molds are the black mold, all molds still require immediate treatment. So where exactly do these molds like to creep?
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- The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
Monsters of Mold
It Came From Beneath
Next to the bread basket, the basement is the place you're most likely to find mold indoors. You can prevent mold from hiding in your cellar by making sure your basement is primed and patched to protect from floods, and using a dehumidifier to keep your basement's humidity level low. Remember, mold can grow only in damp environments.
Lurking Behind the Curtain
Shower molds can creep up in the corners where the tub meets the wall and also in the grouted or caulked crevices between tiles. Don't wait for the shrieks of horrified bathers. Give your bathroom adequate ventilation and perform regular cleanings to remove the damp residue that helps mold breed.
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Stalking Through Vents
Terrifying but true: Mold can enter your home via air conditioning vents. This isn't surprising. Wherever dust and dampness collect, mold is bound to find what it needs for sustenance. The best solution for this mold? Replace your filters every two to three months and keep your vents dust-free.
The Tell-Tale Drip
Mold spawned from a sink pipe's drip can turn any room's air into a living nightmare. When you're in the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, keep an ear out for eerie dripping sounds from underneath the drain. Patch up any cracks on the double, and sink-centric mold will be kept at bay.
Oozing Down From Above
Perforations in tile caulking can result in water seepage through ceilings, creating the perfect conditions for mold to spawn. Destroy this dastardly fiend's habitat by conducting routine checks of tiles and tubs, and also of your home's roof if you live in an area prone to hurricanes or strong gusts of wind.
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Night of the Living Carpet
It doesn't take a giant pool of water to turn your carpet into mold city. Over time, an inconspicuous, slow, festering collection of moisture and dirt can transform your flooring into a tropical island teeming with strange life-forms. Often, the only effective solution will be a full-on carpet replacement. So keep carpets clean and dry, and check shoes at the door.
A Silver Bullet for Mold
If you do ever encounter the dreaded black mold, hire a professional to remove it. For less terrifying molds, take the DIY route. First, protect yourself from head to toe; you'll need gloves, a respirator mask, and goggles. Next, spray down mold with a mixture of one cup vinegar, one cup borax, and a gallon of warm water. Let it sit for several hours or overnight. Then use a file to scrape off the mold and discard it. Decontaminate all your tools and clothes, and your home will be safe again... for now...
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