If you are taking a shower and see black on the ceiling when you look up, this is likely mold. If you have mold here, then you may have mold in other places. Below are places you should inspect for more mold, as well as tips on how to get it out of your home.
Places Mold Can Grow
As you shower, the heat creates a dampness on the walls and ceiling in the bathroom. This dampness may last longer on the ceiling as you likely would not notice this, and it would be hard to reach.
You should also hire a plumber to make sure you have no leaking pipes. The most problematic leaks are the pipes that are hidden inside the walls. If there is a leak found and the leak is fixed, you need to inspect all areas around the leak for mold growth.
If the roof on your home is old, it could have leaks. If so, water will drip into the attic. Mold will then start to grow and the water could leak further, such as on the ceilings and walls in your home.
Tips To Remove Mold
If you find a small amount of mold in your home you can remove it on your own. To do this mix up a solution of one part bleach and three parts water. Place the solution in a spray bottle and then spray this onto the mold. Let the bleach sit for a few minutes to give it time to kill the mold spores. Use a brush that has stiff bristles to scrub the area until all blackness is gone. When finished, rinse thoroughly with water and dry.
You can also purchase mold removal products on the market if you do not want to make your own. These solutions often have bleach as one of the ingredients.
Hire a Mold Remediation Company
If you have a lot of mold in your home, you should hire a mold remediation service to remove it for you. This is especially true if you have had a flood, such as due to weather conditions or a flood in your basement.
The mold remediation company has professional equipment to reduce the humidity in your home. If there is a lot of wetness, they will use industrial fans to dry the area out. A mold remediation company understands how mold grows and the common areas to find it. They can also determine the type of mold, such as black mold, that you have.
Once the company gets the mold out of your home they will then talk with you about ways you can prevent mold from coming back again.
Mold can be dangerous as the spores get into the air and then you and your family member will breathe the spores in. Because of this, take steps to remove mold as soon as you see it in your home.