TOM: What’s fuzzy, white, and grows on walls below ground level? If you said mold, well, there’s a chance you’re wrong. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: If you think you’ve spotted mold in your home you may be bracing yourself for a costly removal, but some substances aren’t mold at all and need nothing more than a good cleaning.
LESLIE: That’s right. Take the black stripes on the insides of exterior walls or ceilings; that’s probably soot deposits from candles or even just dirty air that’s settled on the cooler surfaces of your home’s framing.
TOM: And have you seen fuzzy white growth on the inside of foundation walls? That’s just efflorescence, mineral salts left behind when moisture evaporates, and can be easily cleaned with white vinegar.
LESLIE: And if it’s the color of green plants growing on your home’s exterior, it’s most likely just algae or moss. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.