Mold is a big problem that can affect many different homes around the world including ones made from cinder block (aka breeze block). If you have any mold in your home then it’s important to actually do something about it. Simply hoping that it’s going to go away on it’s own is not an option. It has to be dealt with, whether you get a mold remediation company in or you attempt to deal with it yourself.
What caused the mold to grow?
Basically the first thing you need to ask yourself is how the mold appeared in the first place. Mold is just a symptom of something much bigger so don’t just clean off the mold without finding out what has caused it.
Why you need to control humidity
If you live in a part of the world which has high humidity (for example Florida), then you should go out and buy yourself one of those humidity meters. If it reads more than 50% in the affected area then you will need to look at the different ways to reduce that humidity. Buying a dehumidifier is a very good idea.
How is water getting into your home?
In addition to this you should also look at ways in which water is getting into your home. It could be a leaking roof, blocked gutters, rising damp or leaking plumbing. Do your best to check out all of these areas to determine the possible cause. Then set about fixing it. Unfortunately if the problems have been ignored for some time it could cost you quite a bit of money to deal with. Especially if you have rotten wood in addition to the mold to sort out.
Can you brush the mold off?
OK, so once you have figured out what is causing the mold problems you will need to see about getting rid of it. What you need to be aware of is the fact that when you brush off mold when it is dry the spores can spread out all over the place which is certainly not something you want to happen. Instead you need to use bleach to kill the mold dead.
How do you use the bleach?
You can use a solution which is 50 percent bleach and 50 percent water. Mix it up in a spray bottle and spray it all over the affected area. Remember to wear protective gloves when working with bleach because you don’t want to injure yourself. It’s also a good idea to have the windows or doors open for ventilation.
Where else should you spray the bleach?
Another thing you should do is spray the bleach solution onto the surrounding areas. Even if you can’t actually see any mold you want to make sure you kill it all. properly. After you have done this you can then leave it for an hour and spray the bleach on again. Leave it to do its job for another hour before washing it down with cold water and some bleach. Do do this you take a bucket with a gallon of cold water (NB, don’t use hot water because it actually provides the mold with better living conditions!) and then add a cup of bleach.
With this cold water and bleach solution you can then scrub the walls with a scrubbing brush to get rid of all the mold. You then leave it dry without rinsing it at all.
But what if it’s not actually mold?
Now something you need to find out before you kill the mold is to find out whether it is actually mold or not. Frequently people think that they have mold on the cinder-block when in actual fact they just have what’s called efflourescents. It’s a white substance which feels chalky to touch and is simply lime. So it’s a good idea to have a mold inspector come out and have a look. You don’t want to be dealing with something that isn’t actually mold.