There are many different types of household mold and different varieties can have a different impact or risk to human health and property. But whether it’s green, pink, blue or black, it’s important to combat all mold in your home, because it is intrusive and threatening – especially for anyone with respiratory challenges. It can also ruin fabric, drywall, and wood, so it’s not to be ignored. Because mold is a living organism that thrives on moisture, it is commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, where it is most likely to grow if left unchecked. Once you recognize the signs of mold and determine its causes, you’ll need to take aggressive steps to remediate.
Start by scrubbing with bleach, borax or another specified remedy that is safe on the surface in question. Prevent re-growth by wiping down shower walls, cleaning kitchen sinks and washing countertops as required. Be sure you have adequate exhaust fans in both the kitchen and bathroom(s), and proper ventilation in crawlspaces, basements, etc. In warmer weather conditions, air-conditioning and dehumidifiers can help remove excessive humidity. If possible, install a HEPA-quality air filter to prevent spores from spreading elsewhere in the home. Finally, if repainting, be sure to use a mold-resistant brand of paint.