Permanent Mold Removal
A Permanent Solution
To start with, the only permanent solution to mold removal is deal with the cause of the problem right to its root rather than just handling the problem itself. Be well aware that the only real and most common culprit to mould is moisture; and then again moisture could come from various places:
- first, damp could be caused by condensation in the house; of course, there is always some moisture in the air, even in the case when you don’t really see it it still exists. When the air becomes way colder it cannot hold all the moisture thus tiny drops of water appear of windows, window and door frames, even on walls in the rooms – this is the term coined for condensation. You may notice condensation when you see your breath on a cold day or when the mirror mists after you take a hot shower or a bath. What’s more, condensation occurs mainly in cold weather, no matter if it is raining or the climate is dry. Besides condensation will appear mainly in places where there is little air movement like corner of rooms, near windows, behind wardrobes or cupboards and north-facing walls, to name but a few;
- secondly, many people mistakenly believe that moisture is the only cause of damp; unfortunately, it is not that simple – damp can be caused by leaking pipes or overflow; rain leaking through the roof where a tile or slate is just missing; the spill from a clogged gutter; the leakage through some cracked pipeline; as well as that defective damp-course or lack of damp-course could cause damp altogether.
Now that the main causes of mould are explained we need to think of some permanent solution that can eliminate the cause and respectively the problem altogether. So to do this the necessary repair works need to be performed to remove the source of damp causing mold and mildew.
3 straightforward reasons – summarised
- In case the property is newly build damp can be the result of lack of time for the water used during construction to dry out completely. This could be handled by allowing enough time and leaving the windows open for as long as possible so that to help the drying process.
- If you home is damp for any of the reasons listed above you could need to use dehumidifiers that you can rent from just about any specialised practice as allowing time for the place to dry out naturally could not be fast enough and in that case other problems might arise and especially mould could start spreading round before you know it, which is the last thing you would want in your brand you home or newly repaired and refurbished living space.
- Eventually, if you do not reckon damp comes from any of the causes listed above then it is most probably condensation.
Avoiding or dealing with condensation
To start with some daily activities produce a lot of moisture, say, cooking, having a bath or taking a shower, to name but a few. So let’s try to cover pans when cooking, not to leave the kettle boiling, not use gas bottles for cooking that much, put washed clothes to dry outside instead of inside, or at least in the bathroom, not in, say, the bedroom; ventilate the rooms as often as possible, close the kitchen and bathroom doors when the rooms are used; insulate well so that your home could be warmer, the electricity and gas bills lower and condensation – minimised.
Otherwise you can use electric dehumidifiers that you can switch on at night and leave working till dawn. Moreover, when cooking or taking a shower use extractor fans. However, if you see that moisture is coming through the ceiling, the floor or walls consider the problem to be rather more serious and call in for professional help. Remember that simply killing mold inside the house is not efficient as mold can grow on any substance not just food, paper, carpet or wood; besides there is no practical value to eliminate mold and mold spores from the indoor environment if you do not deal with the cause – the way to control mold is to control moisture or eliminate it.
Remember that mold is among the oldest life forms on Earth and as such it is determined to stay alive hence it is pretty resistant to any ways we humans try to kill it. Of course, we can temporarily stop mold growth but then again it continues to spread as it has done for millions and billions of years. Thus even bleach and ammonia are laughable weapons for mold; it ‘knows’ it is much stringer thus we need to attempt at other solution – some permanent one.
Still before we start applying any of the mold remedies we need to be well-equipped with rubber boots, chemically-protective gloves and a gas-mask – this is the very basic wear we need to get hold of.
And then start by applying the principle the higher amount the more effective but more toxic mold remedy.
You can try using peroxide; apply on a natural sponge, not synthetic, and then scrub off the mold and soak all the tiny cracks that mold is growing in and out of.
Sulphuric acid – the solution will not only liquefy any deep mold spores but also pull out the microscopic amount of water from the cracks that contain the mycelia. In this case you need of a synthetic sponge but never apply the solution on wood, stone, metal or similar materials.
Potassium cyanide – it breaks the very DNA of the mold down to molecular level and leaves the area sterile and clean. Simply add water and use a sponge again – synthetic or natural will do.
Nota Bene – never mix the above described solutions as a gas smelling of raw almonds can kill any oxygen-breathing life form on Earth within second, you, in that count as well; so be extremely careful and allow sufficient time between uses if you intend to use one after another solution.