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What to do if you find black mold in your home?

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It’s common to see mold in homes because it provides the perfect habitat for bacteria – warm air, moisture, and materials like wood and carpet for them to feed on.

Mold will continue to grow until it is cleaned and removed properly – and certain types of mold can be very dangerous if left behind.

Here’s a guide on what to do if you find it growing in your home:

Why does mold grow in homes?

Humidity is one of the most common reasons for mold growth, but it can also grow from condensation, rising damp and poor ventilation.

Is mold harmful?

Living in a home where mold is present can affect your health. It can cause respiratory infections, allergic reactions, wheezing, depression, and worsening asthma.

Older people, children and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to be affected by mold in homes.

How can you prevent mold growth?

Wherever possible, reduce moisture sources by:

Remove the moisture already in your home by:

How do I remove black mold in my home?

Wearing protective clothing is essential when dealing with mold. You should wear rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a dusk mask while removing your mold infestation.

Several effective mold and mildew sprays are available in supermarkets.

Alternatively, many homeowners are turning to so-called “old wives’ tales,” which are simple, natural, and according to some, effective. They include:

If that fails, it might be time to notify your landlord if you’re renting, or call in the professionals.

Sometimes mold can be triggered by leaky pipes or interior wall problems that only a professional should address.

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