How to Reduce Mold
Have you ever seen dark brown or black spots in between the grout of your bathroom tiles or on your bathroom ceiling? That’s not just hard water residue. Instead, in those spots, it’s most likely to be moisture that has gone past mildew levels (typically gray colored) and become mold.
Want to get rid of it? If you’re thinking about grabbing some bleach and scrubbing it away, take a moment. Yes, that’s what you’ve heard to do, but the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually recommends against homeowners themselves trying to remove mold with bleach.
You can certainly try to handle the mold with white vinegar, but do you have a N95-level respirator mask (not to be confused with the cloth masks people wear during the pandemic), goggles, gloves, and a throw-away outfit? Probably not, which is just one reason why you should leave the job to Massachusetts mold remediation experts like SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport.
Another reason to do so? Even if you use white vinegar or bleach, you still might just be removing the mold at a surface level and not fixing the root cause, which will cause the mold to come back.
Once you’ve had the mold removed, you can then work on reducing it from recurring. Here’s some ways to do so:
- Install a bathroom vent to reduce moisture
- If you can’t install a vent, open the window or door after every shower
- Wipe down your bathroom walls and ceiling after the room is damp
Here at SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport, we are professionally trained in mold removal and can assess your mold damage both safely and effectively with devices that can weed out and remediate hidden mold sources. After the assessment, we will move on to mold containment, air filtration, cleaning and sanitizing, and then mold restoration, which could involve replacing drywall if the mold damage has gone that far.
Contact us for your mold damage assessment at your first signs of mold to prevent a larger-scale mold clean up.