Mold, is, as most homeowners are aware, an insidious sort of fungi that moves easily through the air via spores. It can enter a home through even tiny gaps. Once there, it needs a food source and some moisture and moderate temperatures to thrive. Almost any damp spot in any abode will do. Mildew is a sort of mold that is both very common in homes and very easy to spot, resembling a pattern of dense black spots. Sometimes, however, a very dirty and very moldy surface can appear similar. A small application of bleach will usually reveal the culprit. Mold-ridden areas will lighten up. However, dirty ones will remain dark. Though mildew is rampant, it is less structurally damaging than other forms of mold. Some can rot structures. It may be necessary to delve into a suspect surface using a sharp tool to observe whether softening is occurring in the material’s surface. Although attending to leaks and pipe and duct issues is always advisable, it is even more of an issue if the area appears to be attracting mold. As a DIY homeowner, remember to use old clothes and protective gear, if needed. Remember to contain the room’s openings to prevent spores escaping. Use a cheap fan for ventilation, as it will in all likelihood need to be tossed.
- Mold is a type of insidious fungus that travels in airborne spores.
- Mold will find any residence hospitable assuming there is moisture and a warm temperature, ranging above 40 and below 100 degrees.
- Although mold and dirt can appear very similar, a small application of bleach should quickly reveal if the surface is actually infested with mold.
“Mold is everywhere but you never want to see it in your house. There are some things you can do to test for mold by doing routine maintenance checks.”