If your loved one's COPD symptoms increase dramatically in a short span of time, check their bathroom for signs of mold. COPD is a progressive lung condition, which means it takes time to develop. However, mold can make lung disease and other respiratory conditions worse very quickly. Your loved one's weakened immune system makes them more susceptible to mold than someone who isn't sick.
It's essential that you find the mold in your loved one's bathroom before it spreads to the home's walls, basement or attic. Heat and humidity can build up inside these structures, especially during the hot summer months, and place the entire home at risk for mold contamination. You can protect your family member or friend's fragile health by following these mold remediation tips below:
Check the Bathroom
The wet, humid and warm environment of the bathroom makes it the ideal place for mold growth. Mold usually shows up on the bathtub or vanity and sink. But sometimes, mold hides in places you can't see very easily, such as beneath the sink and floor tiles.
You're looking for leaking plumbing pipes beneath the sink vanity, as well as wet or damp floor tiles around the base of the toilet and bathtub. If water leaks from these large bathroom fixtures, it can penetrate the flooring and attract mold.
You can place vinyl gloves on your hands and carefully lift up the floor tiles around these locations to see if there are visible signs of mold. If so, you need to remove and replace the entire flooring right away. Removing only parts of the flooring won't solve the problem, as mold spores can still travel through the air and spread throughout the bathroom and home.
In order to examine the plumbing beneath the sinks, you need to obtain a large flashlight that emits very bright light. The light will help you locate patches of mold hidden on the bottoms of the sink vanity and around the base of the faucet. If you see mold in these places, move to the next step.
Remove the Mold
You can remove the mold with apple cider vinegar and water. Here's what you do:
- Mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water in a plastic spray bottle
- Cover your eyes with goggles and nose and mouth with a face mask to protect your face from the mold as you clean it away
- Place old towels beneath the pipeline and vanity to protect the bottom surface of the vanity
- Saturate the contaminated surfaces with the vinegar and water solution
- Wait 15-20 minutes, then use thick paper towels to wipe down the area
- Remove the old towels, place them in a plastic bag and discard the bag in an outdoor trash can
You should monitor the bathroom and sink for mold each day. If you notice signs of mold again, or if your loved one's symptoms increase, contact a mold remediation contractor right away.
Mold can be dangerous to people with weakened immune systems or poor health. Protect your loved one now by getting rid of the mold. If you need assistance with your mold remediation project, contact a local contractor for more details.