Identifying and removing mold in your home


Mold can be found anywhere in a home, it can grow on the walls, around the windows, on the furniture, in the air ducts and even on your clothes. The common denominator is water; it does not have to be knee deep, even high humidity can sponsor the growth of mold. You may be interested in more information on where mold grows and how to undertake residential mold removal in Philadelphia.

Mold on walls:

Mold on walls is not difficult to remove, if the wall is non-porous such as bathroom tile then the mold can be wiped away with a wet cloth or a cloth soaked in a solution of vinegar or bleach and water.

If the wall is porous this is a different story. No amount of wiping will eliminate the mold and the spores; the solution is to cut away the area. On a porous wall the mold may appear to be on the surface but it is also in the material. Mold often grows behind walls as the air cavity can be moist, mold can also grow under wallpaper as the organic materials in the paper are a food source for the mold. In cases where the mold is behind walls and in other hidden areas the first step to residential mold removal in Philadelphia is to call a service that can test for mold or undertake an invasive inspection.

Mold on windows:

During the colder months condensation forms on the windows of your home and although mold cannot take hold on the glass it can take hold on the dirt and grime that may be on it. Condensation is also the leading cause of mold growing on the wooden window frame.

Mold on furniture:

What is important to understand about mold is it takes two things to prosper; water and organic material to feed off. A lot of furniture is made from organic materials; wood is used in the frames and upholstery material often contains wool or cotton. Upholstered furniture has a tendency to absorb moisture; this makes it a candidate for mold growth.

To help prevent the growth of mold on your furniture avoid letting it touch the walls of your home; leave a space between the walls and the furniture for air circulation.

Mold can grow in a myriad of places in a home and residential mold removal in Philadelphia is something that can be left for another day; mold infestation will only get worse, never better unless you do something about it.