Facts About Mold
Before we get into how to get rid of black mold around windows, you should first have a basic understanding of how mold can be detrimental to your health as well as your home.
Mold most often grows in those areas that are susceptible to high amounts of moisture, such as kitchens, crawlspaces, basements, and bathrooms. It typically forms on carpet areas, rugs, walls, household furniture and appliances, and windows.
If mold is not removed, it can be harmful to those with respiratory and other health conditions. Symptoms include, but are not limited to skin issues, such as rashes, runny eyes and noses, labored breathing, brain fog, fatigue, and anxiety. Black mold is especially harmful, as it contains mycotoxins, which can lead to the central nervous system damage, respiratory distress, and even result in death. If you discover mold in your home, you need to have it removed as soon as possible.
Mold can also grow on walls and windows and if not safely removed, this can cause serious structural damage to your home. Since your windows tend to accumulate a great deal of condensation from weather conditions, such as humidity and rain, they are prone to mold growth, especially if you have wooden window frames. However, we shall discuss ways to prevent mold as well as how to safely remove it from your windows.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home
- Dry your windows with a clean towel after it rains or snows. Also, regularly inspect the window casing and repair any damages in the caulking and weather stripping.
- Open your windows regularly to allow fresh air to circulate in your home.
- Use dehumidifiers, exhaust fans, and fans in those areas that are prone to high levels of moisture and condensation.
- Do not leave wet towels or articles of wet clothing around your home.
- Inspect the whole plumbing system for leaks and other damage.
- Regularly clean your windows with a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap, and water to prevent mold growth.
How to Safely Remove Mold Around Windows
- Before you begin, ensure that you are wearing long sleeves and pants as well as safety glasses/goggles, a dust mask, and rubber clothes to protect yourself from being directly exposed to mold growth.
- Cleanse the affected area thoroughly using warm water and unscented liquid dish soap.
- Clean the drywall with a mixture of water and baking soda.
- Spray the area with white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it away with warm water and a clean sponge. Dry the area thoroughly with a clean cloth.
- Most homeowners will use bleach, as they think that this will be strong enough to get rid of the mold. However, bleach does not kill mold; it simply masks it.
- Always properly dispose of all cleaning products as soon as you are finished cleaning. Also, be sure to immediately change and wash your clothes in hot water.
- The mold must be completely removed to prevent re-growth.
Are you still having issues with mold around windows after taking the above precautions and cleaning your windows? Contact the experts at NorthTech Windows and Doors. We can determine if the issue is a result of a faulty window unit. If this is the case, we will assist you in choosing energy-efficient windows for your home. Call us straight away for a free quote for the best windows in the Edmonton area.