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Cleaning a Moldy Washing Machine
Clean a moldy washing machine.
The front-load washer is the high-efficiency appliance of most homeowners’ dreams, except for one little nasty problem: it can stink. People want their washing machine to keep their clothes smelling fresh, but for some reason, the front-loader can lead to an unpleasant musky and musty odor, often caused by mildew and mold.
While the mold smell is unsettling, there is no reason it must persist. The primary issue is that homeowners do not use the right detergents. Front-load washers require high-efficiency detergents. When you stick with that old standby laundry soap, the machine is not capable of cleaning and washing all the detergent away, meaning the drum gets a nice layer of soap scum with bits of lint and dirt.
Unfortunately, between the scum layer and rubber door guard, the washing machine becomes a breeding ground for mold. Thankfully, there is a straightforward three-step process to clean the washer, ensuring your dirty laundry smells fresh after a cycle.
3 Steps to Clean the Washer
1. Create a Baking Soda Mixture
While many people will head straight for the bleach – which will work – there is a gentler and more health-conscious choice: baking soda. By mixing a quarter cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of water and adding it to your machine's detergent container, you have a gentle and effective cleaning solution.
2. Add in the White Vinegar
To increase the cleaning power of the baking soda, add two cups of white vinegar directly into the washer's drum. The two products, when run through a clothes-free cycle on high-heat, should break up any residue, kill any mold, and remove foul odors.
3. Use a Little Elbow Grease
Depending on how long the mold has been in the drum, you might need to put a little physical effort into the mix. With a mixture of one part water to one part white vinegar, use a kitchen sponge – the rough side – to scrub any remaining spots away.
A front-load washing machine is excellent for home use, but it does require maintenance. Keeping up with maintenance and appliance cleanings can help limit such odor problems in the future.
3 Simple Recipes for Cleaning Shower Mold
Bathrooms are often havens for mold because there's plenty of humidity, warmth, and out-of-the-way corners. The good news is that it's fairly easy to clean away visible mold in the bathroom. If you find shower mold, use one of the following solutions to get rid of shower mold.
3 Solutions to Get Rid of Shower Mold
1. Full-Strength Vinegar
Many Roanoke Rapids, NC, families opt for this solution because vinegar is non-toxic and safe around children and pets. Pour white vinegar into a clean spray bottle. Apply this full-strength vinegar spray to the shower mold. You don't need to rinse the surface, and you can reapply as often as you'd like.
2. One Part Bleach/Ten Parts Water
Bleach is toxic and may cause skin, eye, or lung irritation. If you use bleach, open the window to provide plenty of ventilation. Put the bleach/water solution into a spray bottle or wear gloves to apply the treatment to affected areas.
Bleach is effective for treating surface mold on tile and other surfaces but doesn't penetrate to treat mold that's out of sight. If you find black mold in your bathroom, contact water damage treatment and mitigation professionals for a mold test or cleanup services.
3. Borax/Water Mixture
Check your grocery store for Borax; it is usually available in the laundry section. This white powder doesn't release fumes the way bleach does, but it should still be used with care. Mix a cup of Borax into a gallon of water before pouring into a spray bottle. If you leave the mixture in place without rinsing it off, the solution will prevent future mold growth.
After applying a visible coating of your cleaning solution, wipe off or scrub the surface to remove the mold you can see. It's best to use rags or scrubbing brushes that are used only in the bathroom and switch to clean rags or brushes when they get dirty. Don't leave drips or puddles of water to prevent slips or new mold growth.
Shower mold doesn't have to be a constant presence in your home. Use these simple cleaning solutions and tips to keep your home fresh and mold-free.
Top 3 Places Mold May Be Hiding in Your Home
Mold growth may be hiding in your home.
When’s the last time you stuck your head up your chimney? Have you cleaned your refrigerator’s drip pan recently? Or ever? Mold growth isn’t limited to flooded rec rooms. Virtually everyone can spot mold on wood paneling or moldy drywall in a garage, but it takes a targeted inspection to locate these popular hideouts for mold.
3 Popular Hideouts For Mold
1. Front-Loading Washing Machines
The gasket on the front door of your washing machine is essentially Old Country Buffet for mold. It's frequently wet and it's home to a never-ending supply of one of mold’s favorite comfort foods: lint.
To prevent mold from claiming your washing machine, make sure you keep the door open when the washer isn’t in use, and clean the gasket once a month. Use a microfiber cloth or retail washing machine wipe to clean the gasket, and then dry it thoroughly.
You’d think the presence of fire would deter mold growth or, even better, vaporize it. You’d be wrong. The bricks in your chimney are full of cozy little nooks and crannies for dirt, debris and water to congregate. If your chimney isn’t regularly maintained, your cap may be letting in water as well. As such, your first step in eradicating chimney mold is to have your chimney inspected to make sure its cap and flashing are keeping out rain and snow.
Once your chimney is structurally sound, contact a chimney sweep. He or she will remove dirt, debris, mold and creosote. The result? A mold-free and more efficient chimney.
3. Refrigerator Drip Pans
Nobody looks forward to deep cleaning his or her fridge, but the drip pan underneath should be essential annual cleaning to prevent mold. This pan's entire job is to collect the stuff that mold’s dreams are made of: food and moisture. To keep yours clean, wipe down both it and the floor beneath it with white vinegar.
These are just three of the places mold growth may be hiding in your Roanoke Rapids, MN, home. When in doubt — and particularly if you notice that familiar musty smell — contact your local mold mitigation company for an assessment that will bring you peace of mind.
Signs of Mold
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If you are worried that your house has mold, here are the most frequent signs to look out for:
- Uneven patches on the floors and walls. If your walls have bubbling under the paint and your floors seem squishy, then you almost certainly have mold growing.
- Black spores spreading on surfaces.
- You can smell a musty/damp odor.
What does Mold Smell like?
When mold is growing and spreading, it releases compounds that have a distinct and unpleasant odor. Once you are familiar with this smell, there is no mistaking it. The best way to describe this smell is; wet, stale, and musty.
Where can Mold hide?
Mold grows in areas of the home where there is moisture, oxygen, warmth and darkness.
Bathrooms- Check behind your toilet around the waste pipe, under the flooring, around the sink, and behind the basin.
Kitchens- Check behind your appliances that use or produce moisture, such as your refrigerator and ice dispenser.
Bedrooms- The main places to find mold in the bedrooms are mattresses and window sills.
If you think your home has mold, give SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids a call!
Even A Little Water Can Cause Big Problems
Did you know that even the small amounts of water in your home can lead to mold growth? This means that a minor leak in your Roanoke Rapids home, can lead to big problems.
To many homeowners a small leak seems like no big deal. It often times gets overlooked or just simply wiped cleaned. While everything may look dry, the problem sometimes is not solved. Overtime mold will become visible. Once this happens you should immediately call the professionals. Mold is dangerous and you should leave it alone. When those not trained in mold removal try to clean it up, it can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout the home. Microscopic mold spores are released when mold is disturbed. These tiny particles then circulate in your home.
While mold is scary, you shouldn’t worry if you trust the cleanup to the professionals at SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids. We are here to help with all of your mold mitigation needs.
Before for our professionals arrive at you home, here are few things you should and shouldn’t do in order to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.
What You Should Do –
- Stay away from infected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and any fans.
What You Shouldn’t Do –
- Touch or disturb the mold in any way.
- Blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Attempt to dry or clean the area yourself.
- Spray bleach or other household disinfectants on the mold.
SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids specializes in mold mitigation and restoration. Our team is highly trained in mold cleanup. We’re IICRC professionals. We utilize special equipment and techniques to remedy your mold problem quickly and safely. Locally owned and operated, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids at the very first sign of mold in your home or business!
Mold Prevention Guide
Mold growing in the corner of the ceiling.
September 23rd marks the first day of fall! The days are getting shorter and the leaves will start to pile up in the yard. These piles of dead leaves are breeding grounds for mold, but that’s okay and important. Mold plays an important role in our ecosystem, helping to break down dead foliage, creating nutrients for the ground. In homes, it’s different story, and we’re here to give you some important information for preventing mold from growing in your house this fall season.
Mold is a common household problem that comes in many different colors, such as green, purple, orange, black, and white. Commonly, mold will grow in showers and bathrooms due to the warm, damp environment but it can grow anywhere in your house such as exterior walls and surfaces in need of insulation where condensation can build up.
While mold spores cannot be eliminated, they will not grow if their environment is dry and well ventilated. Inadequate sealed doors or windows are open invitations for mold spores to come in.
Mold growth can be prevented by ensuring if water damage occurs, clean up occurs quickly. Hurricane season does not end until November 30th, well into the Fall season. If your house suffers even minor water damage during this time, it will be a breeding ground for dormant mold spores to grow.
North Carolina is known for its humidity, which is cumbersome to the average homeowner and beneficial for mold. Using AC Units during the more humid seasons will help keep the house cool and dry, preventing any spores from growing.
Other areas of the house to check on would be the kitchen and crawl spaces. In the kitchen, check for leaks around the refrigerator and underneath the sink. Using exhaust fans while cooking and cleaning in the kitchen will circulate the moisture in the air out of the room and reduce damp walls. Crawl spaces must be well ventilated and sealed, or else mold spores will thrive in the environment and cause damage.
As you head into the colder weather, stay vigilant with your mold prevention in your house. The information provided is the first step to keeping your family and home safe and healthy. If you do discover mold growth, SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids provides mold remediation services for all types of residential and commercial properties. Are you worried there might be too much mold in your home? Contact us today for our new mold testing!
Signs You Might Have Carpet Mold
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Mold is extremely invasive. Mold thrives in dark, damp places and underneath your carpet is no exception. Not sure if you have mold in your home? Read the list below to learn the five main signs of mold growth!
Do you have a damp carpet?
Any floor that remains damp for more than 24 hours could begin to grow mold. Make sure when liquids are spilled, no matter how small, you clean up properly and check over time to see if mold has grown within the area. If you notice that your carpet has become damp, a common cause is a leak from underneath typically in your basement. If your basement has leaking pipes, there is a high chance that your nearby carpet has mold growth.
Have higher Incidence of allergies that have occurred over time?
Difficulty breathing, asthma, and allergies could be caused by carpet mold in your home. If you have noticed these health problems increase, you might consider the possibility of mold in your carpet.
Do you have musty odors that are smelling throughout your home or business?
This a sure-fire way to know if you have mold in your home! You can do your best to cover up the musty odor with candles and air fresheners, but the problem will persist if mold is present. However, if you spend a lot of time in your home it can be hard to detect a musty odor. Pay close attention to how your visitors react when they step into your home and take note if they mention a musty smell.
Do you see white, green, or black spots that have appeared that were not there before?
If you see these spots on your carpet, then your mold growth has reached an advanced stage. These color patches are caused by the mold growth multiplying onto your carpet.
Have you tested your carpet for mold with a mold test?
Stay on top of mold growth by continually checking underneath your carpet for mold growth. Once you lift your carpet, thoroughly look for discolored flooring/patches, and any musty odors.
There are mold-testing kits available for you to test the airflow across your carpet. If there is mold in your home then the mold spores will land on your testing kit and begin to multiply.
These are five signs that you have mold growing under your carpet! Mold can be tough to eliminate once it begins to grow. Were the answers to these questions a little concerning? Contact SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids today for an exclusive guarantee with our mold testing services for your home or business!
MOLD – Just follow your Nose!
SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids recently held a Continuing Education Class for Realtors on Mold. SERVPRO offers these Continuing Ed classes to both Insurance and Realtor Professionals Free of Charge. Realtors from Roanoke Rapids, Lake Gaston, Virginia and surrounding areas gained knowledge on the contributing factors, dangers and remedies for mold and fungus. SERVPRO Franchise owner and class instructor, Cindy Baldwin emphasized that first it is important to remove the moisture source, make sure the area is completely dry and afterwards a thorough cleaning is in order. She also warned of the importance of wearing a mask that can filter both fine particles and gas as well as other proper protective equipment. She explained the biggest indicator of mold is your nose since mold can grow anywhere there is moisture and leaves a musty, bad smell. Cindy explained there are thousands of kinds of molds and those molds are a part of every environment.
Cindy, along with her husband John Baldwin, also part owner of the Franchise, gave suggestions homeowners can do to prevent mold from getting out of hand included keeping crawlspace vents open year-round and making sure attics have proper ventilation. Since airflow is extremely important, Cindy also said to make sure dryer vents are properly attached and that the air flows to the outside of the house, not under it.
As the class concluded, John and Cindy both demonstrated and discussed the process, equipment and treatments SERVPRO uses for mold remediation. Feedback from class participants was very positive and indicating they look forward to future classes.
Does your Ronaoke Rapids Home Have A Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a false statement. Think about the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our training, equipment, and knowledge to remediate your mold issue.
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