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Why Is There Mold in My Home After a Rainstorm?

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Why Is There Mold in My Home After a Rainstorm?

Have you ever noticed black mold in your Leawood, KS, house after a rainstorm? This is probably evidence of a moisture problem in your home. The rain is somehow entering your property, leading to mold damage.
Mold growth is evidence of a moisture problem. If you do see or smell mold in your home after it rains, you should check the below areas for possible leaks:

  • Crawlspace
  • Attic
  • Roof
  • Basement

Once you have located the source of the mold, it is not enough to just wipe the fungus away. A more thorough mold cleanup is needed.

Cleaning Mold

If you only have a small amount of mold in your house, you may be able to handle it yourself. Try combining a half-cup of Borax with the same amount of white vinegar. Add two cups of warm water and pour it over the mold. Let the liquid sit on top of the mold for 10 minutes before trying to scrub it away. This both kills the present mold spores and prevents them from coming back.
Black mold and severe mold infestations should not be handled by an amateur. Instead, you should rely on mold remediation professionals. They can both remove the mold and fix the source of the water leak.

Preventing Mold

While you should not do black mold cleanup on your own, you can take steps to limit the growth of this mold. Obviously, you should check for roof leaks regularly and address them before the next rainstorm arrives. You may also want to invest in a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture in the air. Ventilation and ceiling fans can help, as well.
Black mold after a rainstorm usually signifies a water leak in your home. The mold must be removed from the house, and the leak must be addressed to prevent the spores from returning. Cleaning professionals can perform these tasks safely and effectively.

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