Do you have mold in your house? The formation of mold will cause various issues throughout your home. Not all molds are the same; some can be hazardous to your health, while others simply look disturbing. We have seen all types of house mold and want you to have the information you need to prevent them from growing in your home.
Types of House Mold
This type of house mold is black to green in color and almost looks like flecks of pepper. You can most often find it growing on your toilet and the walls and ceilings of your bathroom. Spores from this mold have been known to trigger allergic reactions.
Stachybotrys Atra Mold
This is the infamous black mold found in houses. It grows where there is a lot of moisture. The mold grows well on sheetrock. Spores from this mold can produce mycotoxins, which result in cold like symptoms, coughing and a runny nose.
Pink and Orange Slime
This one isn’t a house mold. It is actually an airborne bacterium. You can find it in your sink if you have a leaky faucet, and it forms that pink residue on your shower curtain. This bacterium loves the soap scum and shampoo residue. One of the best ways to reduce this type of bacteria is to use vinegar. Spray down the offending area, and let it sit for ten minutes.
How to Get Rid of Mold
The mold in your house is attracted to moisture. When you reduce the amount of moisture in your home you will reduce the bacteria. If you are using a window to vent your bathroom, having a vent fan installed will do wonders. We also recommend adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system to help take a lot of the moisture out of the air in your home to prevent mold in the house. If you have carpet in your bathroom, consider replacing it with tile. Carpet absorbs moisture and is a lot more difficult to clean.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
Any leaky faucet is a problem. If you sink drips, fix it. If you have leaky pipes in your walls, or you notice that your sheetrock is soft, have a professional resolve these issues to prevent all types of house mold.
Moisture from the ground
Sometimes the moisture in your home is not coming from a hot shower or a leaky pipe; rather it is coming from the ground. If you have a crawl space where the soil is muddy, you can add in a vapor barrier between your home and the soil. You can also have vents and air circulation installed that will help prevent mold in the house
Team Electric, Plumbing & Air
Our technicians know plumbing, electricity and HVAC. If you have a mold problem we can help you install the necessary fans, air circulation or venting you need to keep your home at the right level of humidity. Give our team a call by phone at (732) 201-3305 to receive assistance with a house mold issue. We offer plumbing repair and installation services to homes in areas of New Jersey such as Brick, Tom’s River, Elizabeth, and Trenton.