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Mold & Mildew

Common Mistakes That Can Lead To Mold And Mildew Growth In Your Home

Homeowners often overlook the small black patches growing in their home. What we don’t know is that these random patches throughout the house could invite various physical and mental problems. Referred to as mold, they thrive in extreme humid and warm areas both inside as well as outside the home. 

Mold and mildew pose severe physical and mental health hazards to the occupants. This is why it is important for homeowners to keep an eye for any growth be it in the bathroom, behind the bed in the bedroom or around the walls of the dining area. 

Some of the common signs of mold and mildew growth in the home are:

STRANGE ODOR:

If you notice a musty odor in your home, the one that comes from damp surfaces, chances are there is mold growth in that particular area. Before the matter becomes worse, get it inspected by a professional mold removal service in Virginia such as A AAction Waterproofing. They will give you a free estimate of the current mold situation in the home. 

WALL PEELING:

Is the paint on the wall chipping? Are the wallpapers peeling? If so, then this indicates a high level of humidity which could possibly mean mold infestation in the home. Make sure to keep an eye out for any moisture-related deterioration in Continue reading →

Easy Mold Removal Tips for your Bathroom

mold removal tips for bathroom

Bathroom Mold Removal Tips That Work!

Rub a dub dub.  The morning shower is a wonderful bit of “me” time.  A moment away from work, your messy house, and the kids.  That is until you open your eyes and see a bit of mildew growing in the corners of your shower.  “No biggee” you say.   But in the next few weeks that little spot of mold grows.  Unfortunately mold and mildew in your bathroom is a common problem.  The heat and moisture cause the perfect environment for mold to grow.  How do you get rid of this unsightly mess?

Here are mold removal tips to clean your bathroom.

1) Cleaning the moldy areas with bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide will kill nearly any type of mold that it comes in contact with.  Let it stay on the moldy surface for an hour. Then rinse with hot water and dry with a towel. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
2) Tea tree oil s a natural fungicide that kills black mold and mildew. Wear gloves when cleaning with this.
3) Borox. Simply mix borax with water in a one cup to one gallon ratio. Use the mixture to scrub the mold until it is removed from the surface.
3) Strip away any badly mold infested grout and caulk.  Once mold gets Continue reading →

10 Thought Provoking Facts About Mold

When the subject of mold comes up, what’s your first reaction? If you are like most, you are immediately disgusted. The thought conjures up mental images of ruined food, furniture, and if you are allergic, your throat closing up and other horrible scenarios.

But, mold is more than just a disgusting topic or a pain in the you-know-where. It’s actually quite interesting if you think about it. Flabbergasted? Don’t be, just check out the following compelling facts about this household nuisance and, who knows, you may learn something new:

Mold can be found in 50% of homes today. But, this is a new phenomenon. In fact, just 50 years ago, it was decidedly less common.

Mold causes a mindblowing 100% of all chronic sinus infections.

Both blue cheese and penicillin are different types of petrified mold.

Are you allergic to Christmas trees? Turns out, the allergy isn’t to the tree itself but by the mold it releases into the air.

Fire isn’t the destroyer of wood like so many of us have been taught. In fact, mold destroys more wood than termites, floods, and fires combined.

There’s a type of mold (called slime mold) that can actually move on its own.

It’s impossible to remove mold spores from an indoor environment but, you can minimize its dampness.

Mold has been Continue reading →

4 Signs You Need A Mold Test For Your Home

4 Signs You Need A Mold Test For Your HomeIf you and your family are experiencing allergy symptoms inside your home, mold could be the culprit. Mold is present in every home, but when given the right conditions it can spread to unhealthy levels affecting the air you are constantly breathing inside your house and the structural integrity of your walls, ceilings and floors. Here are some helpful hints to help you detect if it necessary to schedule a professional mold test. Continue reading →

5 Steps To Mold Prevention

5 Steps To Mold PreventionWhen it comes to keeping mold at bay, small steps can go a long way. Since mold can be challenging to remove and damaging to your health, it is best to prevent it rather than have to take care of it later on. Continue reading →

Is Water Seepage Causing Your Basement To Smell

Is Water Seepage Causing Your Basement To SmellWhether you have been using your basement as a comfortable living space or just as a storage space, there should not be a smell that is any different from any other part of the house. That musty ‘basement smell’ that most believe is inevitable, is a warning sign you should not ignore. Continue reading →

Five Causes of Attic Mold Growth

Five Causes of Attic Mold GrowthBasements aren’t the only area of the house that can accumulate mold. In fact, mold can be hidden anywhere in your home, including your attic. Like the mold in your basement, attic mold can cause serious health issues for you and your family. So you need to check your attic for mold growth as well. Mold growth is in attics can be caused by a variety of issues. Here are the five common causes of attic mold growth: Continue reading →

How To Distinguish Mold From Other Basement Stains

How To Distinguish Mold From Other Basement StainsThere are many things that can cause stains along the walls of your basement. Dirt, minerals, and salts can all cause staining. These common basement stains are relatively harmless. However, mold can be a sign of a larger structural issue, and present a serious hazard to the health and well-being of your family members. So it is important that you know how to tell the difference between harmless stains and dangerous mold growths. Continue reading →

3 Reasons Why Water Damage Can’t Wait

3 Reasons Why Water Damage Can’t WaitHaving a wet or flooded basement is a nightmare for any homeowner. In fact, 98% of houses with basements will face some type of water damage within their life. That is why it is important to always keep an eye out for any signs of water damage in your home. Continue reading →

Why Your Basement Needs To Stay Dry

Why Your Basement Needs To Stay DryHere at AAAction Waterproofing, we understand why many people ask ‘why keeping your basement dry is so important?’. While it may seem like a little moisture in the basement is no big deal, there is a lot of damage being done that you may not be noticing at first glance. Not only does a damp basement put the health of your family at risk, but it can damage the very foundation of your home. Continue reading →