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How Is Rain Related to Indoor Mold?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

You may enjoy the rainy weather in Spring Valley, CA, but no one enjoys the appearance of black mold inside their house. But why does mold show up indoors when it’s raining outside? If you see more prevalent patches of mold inside every time it rains, is it actually tied into the rain?

You Probably Have a Roof Leak

Roof leaks mean every time it rains, you have water seeping into your house and soaking into carpets, older wood, insulation, and fixtures. You may also have window leaks or other integrity issues that create a major moisture problem in your home. If you have mold from rain leakage, you’ll find tell-tale signs such as:

• Thick patches of black mold on walls, floors, and the corners of windowsills
• Musty odors
• Damp spots

Before you begin mold cleanup, you’ll want to hire professionals to check the integrity of your roof and windows or the mold will come back the next time it rains.

Search and Destroy

Mold can be extremely pervasive, but it’s not impossible to get rid of. You can start by conducting a thorough inspection of your home and finding anywhere mold may be living. It can even get captured in the crannies and crevices of air conditioners and refrigerators or brew in open containers of food or pet food. For bad cases, you may have to rip up carpet or linoleum to get at the mold underneath, and put in new flooring after you’ve cleaned out the infestation.

How to Clean Up Black Mold

To get rid of mold, scrub thoroughly; soap and water will often do the trick, but for particularly stubborn mold you may want to turn to Borax, a fungicide that kills mold and deters its growth when mixed with water and white vinegar. You can apply borax by spraying or even by mopping your floors with it. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

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