If you have mold in your home, one thing is pretty clear –  you have a moisture problem. After all, mold thrives on moisture. And yes, if your home has that musty mildew smell, you’ve probably got it someplace that you don’t see.

The presence of mold can also be a sign of an underlying problem, such as a leak or stagnant water somewhere in the house. Whatever the reason is, keep in mind that even a small leak is enough to raise the indoor humidity.

So what can you do to address you mold problem at home, even if you don’t have enough budget to hire a mold removal expert? You may want to get the following handy tools:

These are just the top 2 pieces of equipment. Professional mold removal companies use much more equipment, which is how they’re able to provide almost guaranteed results. It’s also why they’re so expensive!

Portable Home Dehumidifier

large dehumidifierExcess moisture in the home encourages mold and bacteria growth, so the first useful tool to use would be a quality home dehumidifier. It is a powerful tool that can drop humidity levels down to 20% in just about 2-3 days. If you want, you may even choose one that comes with a drain hose, so you won’t have to empty buckets every 3 hours.

When using a portable dehumidifier, you’ll probably notice that the mildew smell becomes significantly less and vanishes after a few days. However, be sure to search out and fix any possible water leaks to ensure that mold will not return.

UV Light Air Cleaners

Another great tool that you could use to help get rid of mold is a UV Light Air Cleaner. It is a useful piece of equipment that gets attached in the ducts of the air conditioner, a common growth area of mold and mildew. In fact, what many people don’t realize is that often, the coil in their air conditioners and the ducts are both breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, since the coil continuously produces moisture from condensation.

The UV light air purifiers that has actual laboratory grade 36-watt bulbs and deliver enough light units to destroy the cell structure of mold spores bacteria and other organisms. It damages their DNA with repeated exposure. This means they can’t continue to grow and produce more mold in your home.

If you see black or dark visible mold in your home, it is always best to call a mold remediation expert to get some advice or have them deal with it. But if you’re a do-it-yourself type person, and it’s not too severe, you can use portable dehumidifiers and UV light air cleaners as powerful tools to control and get rid of mold.

Check out the size of this commercial air dehumidifier that these guys were able to rent in the San Jose area. Wow!!