Now that we are saying goodbye to summer and transitioning into the wet seasons, it is important to discuss and understand mold and mold prevention! How do we exterminate mold from our homes and workplaces? And what are some ways to prevent it from coming in?
First, let’s define what it is that we are trying to prevent. Mold is fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. In contrast, fungi that can adopt a single-celled growth habit are called yeasts.
So, what does this actually mean?
Simply, mold is fungi and there are thousands of different types or fungal species. It grows best in warm, moist and humid areas and spreads spores that can survive even the harshest conditions. The common molds you will see indoors are:
What are the problems that arise from mold?
Mold has been linked to respiratory problems for years. Coughing, eye and skin irritation, nasal stuffiness and wheezing are some of the symptoms that develop if you have been effected by mold. It is critical for you and your family’s health to prevent mold and stop it spreading which can be easier said than done.
The main reason mold can be very difficult to prevent is because it is found almost everywhere. With that being said, here are some precautions you can take to help your chances of a mold free household or business:
- Control Humidity levels (open windows, bringing fresh air into your homes especially cooking areas)
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier
- Do not install carpet in your bathroom or basement
- If you have mold growth in your home, clean it up! Do not just paint over it!
- Use an anti-mold paint
- Routinely clean your bathroom, and use mold killing products accordingly
So, those are some steps to prevent mold from growing in your home, but let’s say it already has, what do you do?
Well, if you live in Bellingham then the quick answer is to come see our knowledgeable staff at Bay City Supply. We will get you the right product for whatever mold problem you have. If not here are some products we carry that you can research to find similar solutions near you.
Here are a few of the products we carry:
H2Orange2: An environmentally friendly way to kill mold is by using H2Orange2 Concentrate 117. This chemical uses the power of hydrogen peroxide along with orange oil to kill fungi when it is diluted at 10oz per gallon. Simply, spray affected area and wipe away mold stain.
BTB: This product comes in a quart size and is an instant mold/mildew stain remover and bathroom cleaner. BTB is a very effective way to kill mold. All you have to do is spray directly on the surface until it is saturated, wait several minutes and the stain will magically disappear. If mold continues to grow, reapply and wipe surface until the stain is eliminated.
Pheno D: This product can be used as an effective mold bomb. Pheno D kills a variety of viruses and controls mold and mildew. To use Pheno D correctly watch some clips on YouTube. One 6oz can typically treat up to 6000 cubic feet. Turn off all ignition sources and electrical appliances. After the treatment keep the area maintained for 2 hours before airing it out. Then open all windows and doors and allow free airflow throughout the mold effected area. Do not use more than one fogger per room or in a room smaller then 5ft by 5ft!
With all that being said, we hope that you don’t have to tango with mold at your home. But if you do, Bay City Supply is here to help, because above all else, We Know Clean!
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