Bacteria and Mold Cleaning
There’s nothing like an outbreak of noxious substances such as bacteria and mold in the home to send us into panic mode. But before you freak out, take a minute and assess the threat level. Most likely you can clean the bacteria and mold yourself without professional help.
Mold is a natural substance that we encounter every day, in our homes and outdoors. Most of us get through life without severe reactions to mold if our immune systems are strong and we’re relatively healthy.
Visible mold usually occurs when there’s a moisture problem in the home, from leaking plumbing or roofs. Mold spores can aggravate respiratory problems and allergies, and can destroy paper, upholstery and drywall. There are many types of mold, but so-called black mold is a misleading term, and the mold generally identified as such hasn’t been proved to be toxic.
Bacteria are also everywhere, and mostly, being exposed to bacteria helps us keep our immunities up. As with mold, problems with bacteria generally occur among the elderly, the ill or someone with a wound or cut.
To clean up mold, wear a dust mask or respirator and latex gloves. Use a solution of baking soda and liquid soap to scrub mold, or wash it away with hot water and liquid soap. You may have to replace drywall or furnishings damaged by mold.
For bacteria, establish a cleaning regimen using soap and water and bleach in the kitchen and bathroom. Wash hands frequently. Use hot water for laundry, dishes and kitchen counter and sink cleanup.
Also, use a good quality air filter in your HVAC system to capture mold spores.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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