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5 Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

5 Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

When you’re looking to make a change in your life, buying a dehumidifier is probably not the first item on your list of resolutions. It’s a distinctly un-sexy purchase, that’s for sure. But when it comes to your health and well being — not to mention the safety of your home and the preservation of your belongings — a dehumidifier can have a huge effect on your life.

Here are five reasons it might be time to spring for one.
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3 Symptoms of Mold in the Home

Signs of an Unhealthy Home

When it comes to mold, the most commonly discussed topics are moisture and the effects of mold on the health of the home’s residents. While moisture and health concerns are vital symptoms of mold that can’t be ignored, it is still important that the homeowner or renter be prepared to recognize the presence of mold long before excessive moisture and bad health set off alarms.
Think of your home like you would your own body. When you’re ill, your body displays symptoms that give clues as to what the root sickness is. Doctors can’t diagnose your illness, disease, syndrome, or disorder until they have considered all the symptoms and ruled out false causes. The same detective work should be done in relation to your home.
There are three symptoms—aside from moisture and health issues—that reveal the presence of mold in the home.
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How to Reduce Humidity Levels to Prevent Mold and Mildew

High humidity levels can often be a contributing factor or cause of mold growth. Too much humidity in a home can lead to mold and mildew proliferation, especially during wet seasons. It is important to moderate these humidity levels and take steps to reduce them if they become too high. Prevention is the most important aspect in keeping mold at bay. Below are some suggestions to help monitor and decrease humidity in the home.
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Mold, Mildew and More: Keeping Your Car Mold-Free

When people think of mold, most of the time their thoughts turn to homes or other buildings. Older homes that are not well-maintained, basements that have flooded as well as buildings that have been through natural disasters all are at risk of having mold. Unfortunately, mold can also be found in many automobiles that are not properly sealed or have had water in them from flooding. Yet, armed with just a few basic items, it’s quite possible to make sure your car does not become one of the many moldy machines on the road.
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Keep Your Kitchen Mold Free

The kitchen and bathroom share certain characteristics. They both get wet, and water can be seen cutting a damp route down their walls. Focusing on the kitchen, mold grows on food, on the walls and behind tiles, presenting an untidy mess in a space that should be clean and hygienic. Food is being prepared here, and kitchen benchtops have to be kept clear of the nasty growth before it spreads.
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Cleaning Mold with Tea Tree Oil

I’ve used tea tree oil as an ingredient for my homemade deodorant, as a natural treatment for breakouts, for repelling insects, and also as a safer alternative for cleaning and killing mold and mildew. Tea tree oil may not be effective for all mold contaminations; but for small areas, on clothing, and treating non-porous surfaces it can be quite effective.
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Stopping Mold in its Tracks

Household mold is one of the most dangerous toxigenic matters that can be found inside the home. Exposure to mold has been shown to cause health problems in people who reside in a house that has a mold issue. There is a reported link between mold exposure and upper respiratory tract problems. These health conditions include but are not limited to upper respiratory tract conditions such as coughing and asthma related symptoms. People with sensitivity towards molds may experience severe reactions such as fever and shortness of breath that can be a precursor to even more problems as more time is spent around the mold. Young children and the elderly are also highly susceptible to illness due to exposure to mold in and around the home. Understanding what causes mold inside a house and how to prevent it is the first step to conquering the problem.
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Preventing Mold in the Home

When it comes to mold growing in the house, you would do very well indeed to get rid of it, or even better, to avoid it in it’s entirety! You will find that there is a huge amount to be said for ensuring that you are following the simple steps towards mold free living, because it can be more than just unsightly, though it certainly is that! Whilst mold growing in the corners on on your clothes will look disgusting and show that the place is not very well cared of, you may also have heard that it is very bad for the health. The spores get in to the air, and can be bad for those breathing it all in, especially the young, or those with respiratory diseases or difficulty. Have a look over these easy step to ensure that you are not encouraging mold in your home.

  1. Ventilate the house. As a general rule, you should ventilate your house well if the place is prone to damp and mold. A decent cycle of air will ensure that your whole house is drying out nicely, rather than sitting in stagnant air that does not encourage anything other than festering damp. You may find that opening the windows is not an option when the weather is bad, so try getting ventilation window fittings installed. You will be surprised at how effective fresh air can be in giving the place a really fresh feel, and a much more revitalized scent overall!

  2. After baths and showers, open the windows. If your house is prone to mold, then it is even more important that you open the windows after having had a hot bath. The steam form the hot water will settle in all sorts of places, seeping in to the paint work and various areas of the fittings, leaving you in a situation where you will have mold showing in a matter of days. Even if the weather is bad, it is pretty essential that you open the windows at least a little. Try just opening them a crack if it is raining hard outside, it will be worth it. You should notice that the glass in the room loses it’s mist pretty quickly.

  3. Do not leave wet clothes lying in heaps! Clothing is a perfect place for mold to grow, as it’s fibers give it a great amount of coverage and an easy place to grow. The damp that clothes will retain is they are left crumpled up will also encourage this, as warm and damp conditions are exactly what mold will require. Sweaty clothes from exercise or wet clothes form the rain should be washed immediately, or else left hanging in a ventilated place to dry properly. Do not leave them in the washing basket with everything else, as they will cause havoc!

  4. Avoid getting your upholstered furniture wet. The padding in upholstery will take on a lot of moisture, but because of how tightly it is packed, it will not dry out that easily. You will find that when cleaning a sofa, you need to use as little water as possible to avoid the chance of it getting saturated. Ventilate the room properly when you are cleaning, so that it can dry as it needs to. This problem can also be caused by leaving wet coats or just washed clothing on the sofa, and the upholstery taking on the moisture in to it’s padding. You will find that simply taking water out of the equation will help this problem massively.

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Dealing With Mold In Your Wardrobe

A wardrobe solves a lot of storage problems, but if you have mold in or behind your wardrobe, you have a much bigger problem that requires immediate action because mold can cause or exacerbate respiratory illness and allergies. The spores from mold become airborne every time the mold is disturbed. If you have mold inside your wardrobe, you send the spores flying every time you remove or place anything inside it; just the act of scooting hangers aside can disturb the mold; the spores are released, and you breathe them in.
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Mold in Drainpipes

If you happen to inhale an awful smell coming from your kitchen or shower it is a clear sign that mold is definitely growing in your drainpipe. Remnants of food disposed at drainpipes end up forming mold and  bacteria which not only cause an unpleasant odor but can also be unhealthy. This is when the appropriate measures need to be undertaken before more damage is caused.

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How to Prevent and Remove Tent Mold and Mildew

Tents are often the perfect breeding material for mold. If a tent is stored after use without fully airing out to dry, even a small amount of moisture buildup from dew or rain creates the perfect environment for mildew or mold growth. Additionally, any dirt that becomes distributed on the tent surface will aid this fungal growth. There are some basic steps you can follow to avoid or remedy a moldy tent.
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Dangers of Mold and Mildew during the Winter

Unless you live in Florida or some other sunny locale, you’re likely going to be confronted with snow and ice during the winter. Humidity may not be as much of a problem in the winter, but constant snow fall, ice storms, and melting ice and snow can make a slush pile in your yard and driveway and seep into the crevices of your home. It may come in through the windows or doorways, or it may leak into the roof or the foundation. You may even track it in on your shoes.
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