More than a thousand types of mold saturate walls, ceilings, window frames and furnishings of homes and office buildings throughout the United States. In fact, mold may affect as many as 25 per cent of households in the United States. Mold is also a huge problem all over Canada. The very worst of the mold types is toxic mold, which can lead to blindness, brain damage or possibly even death.
Ridding your home of mold often requires gutting your walls and floors, but it also can cost thousands of dollars. Even supposing professional mold remediation can cost a significant amount of money, it’s often necessary if there’s structural damage to walls or furniture. It’s also necessary because the presence of mold in your home jeopardizes your health and that of other occupants.
The solution? Keep your home mold-free! While we cannot guarantee you’ll be able to completely prevent mold from infesting your home, you can take several precautionary measures to prevent the growth of potentially harmful fungi. Below we outline five measures that will significantly reduce the likelihood of mold infiltrating your home.
Prevent Water Leaks
Moisture is a mold’s number one ally. Leaking roofs, walls and pipes all provide the required moisture for mold to develop. As soon as you realize you have a leak, fix it immediately.
Mold can begin to grow when humidity levels are as low as 56 per cent for a sustained period of time. Fortunately, humidity does have an arch nemesis – ventilation. Open your windows during the day when the weather is nice and warm. However, remember to close your windows when it’s raining outside; you don’t want to let in more moisture. Two of the most important rooms to ventilate are the kitchen and bathroom, where steam and moisture tend to accumulate quickly.
Dry Wet Clothes Immediately
It’s critical that you dry your clothes immediately after you wash them. Wet clothes provide the perfect vehicle for mold growth because they’re moisture-rich. If you dry your clothes on a clothesline, be sure to dry them outdoors. Drying clothes on a clothesline indoors will release moisture into the air, increasing the humidity and resulting in an ideal environment for mold growth.
When water vapour in the air cools and coverts to liquid, condensation occurs. Condensation often appears on concrete walls, windows and metal pipes. Combat condensation by keeping the temperature in your home warm. Installing insulation is an effective way of keeping the rooms in your home warm.
Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Another important measure is keeping your air ducts, heating systems and air conditioning systems clean and changing the filters regularly. These systems can promote and transport mold, dispersing mold spores throughout your house.
If you suspect that black mold is growing inside your home, contact a mold removal professional immediately. Toxic mold can not only can not only trouble allergy sufferers, but it can also can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (severe lung inflammation), lead to blindness, cause irreversible brain damage and, according to the Environmental Protecting Agency, promote cancer growth.