MOLD!!! What is it and how can I deal with the problem?
Take a look at the picture on the left….that’s a lot of Mold. Mold is a four letter word to most, and many people are afraid of it. Typically, mold is not that big an issue but can become a hazard to your health if it gets out of control like in the picture on the left.
Here is a little background about mold and what causes it. This is what the CDC has to say about mold: “Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.” (CDC website)
The thing that is most important to homeowners in the above description of mold in the part about “warm, damp, and humid conditions”. Excessive moisture is what causes the majority of mold issues in a house. The moisture can come from any number of places, including a leaking roof, broken pipes, poor air circulation, and many more things.
If you spot mold in your house you need to ask yourself, “what is causing the problem?”. Mold doesn’t grow in just any environment. I typically needs a damp, cool, and dark environment to thrive. Look around for any signs of a water leak, such as a damp floor or drywall, or water spots on the ceiling. Once you find the source you can begin to take action to resolve the mold issue.
The first step is to deal with the water source. This might involve tearing down drywall to fix a pipe deep in the wall or replacing your roof. These repairs can often be expensive. The next step is to deal with the visible mold. A simple solution to the issue of visible mold is to spray the area with a bleach and water mix, let is stand for 15 minutes and then wipe away the mold. After this is done you need to place a fan in the area to help dry the location where the mold was located. For more major mold issues you might have to tear out all of the wet sheetrock or flooring to resolve the problem.
The bleach tip above is an easy way to deal with your basic mold problem. As said before, it is often expensive to repair the original problem that created the water intrusion which led to mold growth. You can contact a local contractor to get a bid on the repair or take action and do the job yourself.
We understand that shelling out thousands of dollars for repairs isn’t always an option. If you are unable to afford the repair and want to be done with the house you can try to sell your house. Typically, selling through a real estate agent isn’t going to be an option if you have a major mold issue since the word MOLD often scares off most buyers. That’s why Lenz Buys houses is here. We buy houses in any condition, including those with mold. If you think that you might have a major mold problem that you don’t want to deal with, give us a call at 1-844-389-4433. We will come out and give you a free, no obligation cash offer to buy your house.
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