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Why Your Mold Removal Efforts Might Be Failing

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Mold is gross, and mold is dangerous. Mold is also stubborn. Are you tired of cleaning up mold only to have it reappear a few days or a week later? Instead of just doing the same thing over and over again, you really should take the time to figure out the underlying problem that is causing the mold to reappear. Here's a look at some common possibilities.

There's mold hiding somewhere else.

The problem could be that while you are cleaning up all the mold you can see, there's a lot of mold you can't see and therefore are not cleaning up. For example, if you are wiping mold off a wall and it keeps coming back, there might be mold behind the wall that you're not seeing. You may need to hire a professional to make a hole in the wall and remove the mold. If you are removing mold from the caulk like in your shower but it keeps coming back, there could be mold behind the wall in the shower. This may mean you need to remove the shower wall, have things cleaned up, and put up a new shower wall.

Your home is really humid.

Mold loves moisture and warmth. If your home is moist and warm and there are even a few mold spores in the air — and there are if you had mold previously — you will get mold growth. Running a dehumidifier can keep the mold from coming back. You can buy a portable dehumidifier for about $100 at most home improvement stores. If you have a larger home, you may want to buy two of them and place them on either side of the home. 

There's a lot of mold spores in the air.

Even if your home has an average humidity level, mold may come back if there are enough mold spores in the air. If enough of them land on a surface that's even a tiny bit moist, a few will sprout, and before long, you'll have mold again. Removing mold spores from the air is not terribly hard. Change your HVAC filter. Vacuum your vents and clean your vent covers. Give your home a really good vacuuming. There will soon be a lot fewer mold spores around, and your mold should stop coming back.

If mold keeps coming back, you need to figure out why. Chances are, your home is humid, you have too many mold spores, or there's some hidden mold somewhere.

To learn more, contact a mold removal team.