As a homeowner, there are a lot of things that you have to worry about—taxes, insurance, upkeep, lawn-care—the list goes on and on. But one thing that can strike fear into just about any homeowner is the word “mold.” This insidious health hazard can creep into your home, hide in the nooks and then cause serious health problems.

If you find mold in your home, all is not lost! There are options available to you to help get rid of the mold before it causes issues.

How mold gets in
In order for mold to take hold and thrive, it needs a moisture rich environment. Because of that, the most common rooms of the house that will develop a mold problem are the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. However, these molds are usually easy to see and remove and don’t become particularly dangerous unless left untreated. The areas that often go untreated are in the roof, attic, and basement. When rainwater seeps through a leaky roof or pools in a basement, you will start to see more dangerous types of mold develop such as black mold and Aspergillus. That’s why if you have a leak in your roof, you should have it repaired quickly. Also, routine basement inspections are a good first defense against mold.

The health dangers of mold
There are a lot of generalized health problems that can develop from black mold. These range from nausea to joint pains, similar to arthritis. More common symptoms include skin reactions such as itching, rashes, lung problems and breathing difficulties. Surprisingly, black mold can also cause mental confusion and difficulty with memory. In extreme cases, this can lead to toxic mold syndrome.

How to get rid of mold
If you are trying to get rid of mold, you have two options. The first is to do the job yourself. This should only be done if the infestation is small, covering less than nine square feet. To do this, you will need a respirator, gloves, and protective eye gear. You can then scrub the infected area thoroughly using a solution of one cup of laundry detergent with bleach mixed with one gallon of water. After you’ve cleaned the area, be sure to dry it thoroughly. If the area is larger than that or hidden under roofing or flooring, then it will be necessary to call in an expert who can safely and fully treat the area and eradicate the mold.

Mold in your house can be a very serious problem that leads to health issues. However, it can be easily eradicated, either by yourself or with the help of a trained professional.

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