Red Mold: How To Remove Mold in Your House

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Seeing red mold can undoubtedly cause concern in any household. Apart from its disturbing appearance, it may also present potential health dangers to the people living there. When you come across mold in your house, it’s absolutely natural to wonder about what it is, where it came from, and most crucially, how to remove it.

In this blog, we’ll explore the various types of red mold that may be found in a home, the common causes of its growth, and the steps you can take to effectively remove it and prevent it from returning. Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, or tenant, it’s important to understand the dangers of red mold and take the necessary steps to address it. 

So, let’s get started!

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What Is Red Mold?

There are many types of mold that can be found in a house. They can range in color from black to green to white to red. Red mold is usually a type of fungus that grows in damp or humid conditions and can be found in areas of the house such as the bathroom, kitchen, or basement. It can appear as a red or pinkish-red color and may have a musty or earthy smell. 

This mold can be harmful to humans if inhaled, as it can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions. If you suspect that you have red mold in your house, it is important to identify the source of the moisture. In this way, you can fix the problem and prevent the mold from spreading. You should also clean and remove the mold as soon as possible to prevent further health risks.

Causes Of Red Mold

Red mold, also known as red fungi or red slime mold, can form in a house due to a variety of factors. Some common causes of mold growth in a house include:

Moisture

As mentioned, red mold can grow in damp areas. This mold requires moisture to grow. So, areas of the house that are damp or humid are more prone to mold growth. This can include areas like basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms that have high humidity or areas that have leaks or water damage.

Organic matter

Red mold can grow on organic materials such as wood, paper, and fabric. This can make areas like attics, closets, and basements more prone to mold growth.

Lack of ventilation

Poor ventilation can lead to an accumulation of moisture in the air, which can increase the likelihood of mold growth.

Temperature

Red mold tends to grow best in warm, damp conditions. This can make houses in warmer climates more prone to mold growth.

Age of the house

Older houses may be more prone to mold growth due to factors such as outdated plumbing, poor insulation, and a lack of proper ventilation.

Poor maintenance

Neglecting to properly clean and maintain the house can also contribute to mold growth. This includes things like not fixing leaks or water damage promptly and failing to regularly clean and dry damp areas.

Methods Of Removing Red Mold

If you have red mold growing in your tank or pond, there are a few methods you can choose from to remove it:

📍 Water circulation

Red mold thrives in areas of low water circulation, so increasing the flow of water in your tank or pond can help to prevent its growth. This can be achieved by adding additional filters or using a powerhead to increase water movement.

📍 Light

This mold needs light to grow, so reducing the amount of light that reaches your tank or pond can help to inhibit its growth. This can be done by using blackout curtains or moving the tank or pond to a less well-lit location.

📍 Chemical treatment

There are several chemical treatments available that can help to kill red mold. These include algaecides, which are chemicals specifically designed to kill algae. They also have copper-based treatments, which can be effective at controlling the mold. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully and use caution when handling chemicals.

📍 Physical removal methods

In some cases, red mold can be removed manually by physically scrubbing it off of surfaces or using a gravel vac to suck it up. Be sure to remove as much of the mold as possible, as any remaining bits can continue to grow and spread.

📍 Disinfection

Once the red mold has been removed, be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the tank or pond to prevent it from returning. This can be done by using a solution of water and bleach or a specialized tank cleaning solution.

Tips To Remove Red Mold

It is important to address red mold as soon as you notice it, as it can cause health problems and damage to your home. To remove the mold in your house, follow these steps:

Identify the source

The first step in eradicating red mold is to identify the source of the moisture that is causing the mold to grow. This could be a leaky pipe, a humidifier, or a damp basement. Fix the source of the moisture to prevent the mold from returning.

Ventilate the area 

Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate and help dry out the area.

Wear protective gear

Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and gear, including goggles, gloves, and a face mask, to protect yourself from inhaling mold spores.

Clean and disinfect the area

Use a scrub brush or a scouring pad to scrub the mold off of hard surfaces. Apply a disinfectant to prevent red mold from growing again.

Dry the area thoroughly 

Because mold grows in damp areas, it’s important to make your house as dry as possible. Use a fan or dehumidifier to help the area dry out completely.

Remove contaminated materials

Dispose of any materials that have been contaminated with mold, such as rags, sponges, and scrub brushes, in a plastic bag to prevent the mold from spreading.

Consider hiring a professional

If you are afraid to make contact with the red mold or you want to make your house mold-free, hire a professional cleaner to address the mold if it is extensive or if you are unable to remove it on your own. A professional will be able to safely and effectively remove the mold and help prevent it from returning.

Final Words

In conclusion, red mold can be a serious concern in your home or business. It can cause health problems and damage to your property if left unchecked. While it is possible to clean up small areas of red mold yourself, it is often best to call a SURECLEAN to handle the job. 

SURECLEAN has the expertise and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove the mold and prevent it from returning. They will be able to assess the situation and provide you with a plan to get rid of the mold and restore your property to a healthy, safe condition.

If you suspect that you have a red mold problem, don’t hesitate to reach out to SURECLEAN for help. Contact them now using the numbers posted below!

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