Mold Growth in the Home
Mold growth can be a serious problem when it happens in the home. Mold in a home can cause serious health problems for the people that live there; mainly pulmonary and respiratory problems.
This can be especially dangerous for infants and young children, although it can affect people of all ages. If you notice that there is mold in various places in your home, there are certain things that you can do to decrease the mold and prevent any further spreading.
What Can I Do to Prevent the Mold from Spreading?
- Mold thrives in a warm, humid climate During the hot summer months, be sure to use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to keep the humidity level in your home at a minimum. Air conditioner and dehumidifier filters should be changed frequently.If mold is already present in your home, then be sure to change the filters more often than is recommended by the manufacturer. You want to make sure that these appliances are working at maximum efficiency.
Be sure to buy and use the right size air conditioner or dehumidifier for the size of your home â€“ the right investment now can mean much less trouble in the future.
- 2 Rooms Containing the Most HumidityThe two rooms in your home that tend to have the most humidity are the kitchen and the bathroom. It is important that these rooms be well ventilated as often as possible.On cooler days when you will not be using your air conditioner, keep windows open in these rooms to let the cooler air in. In addition, if your air conditioner or dehumidifier is located far away from the kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider installing extra units nearer to these rooms.
- Kitchens and bathrooms Should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly with a solution of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.Make sure that there is no standing water in either room for long periods of time, especially during the hot summer months when standing water can evaporate and cause humidity levels to rise.
After baths and showers, wipe down all wet surfaces, and spray with the bleach solution, or a commercially prepared solution that is designed to inhibit the growth of mold.
If there are any other rooms in your home or yard that may experience higher than normal humidity, such as a pool changing room, sunroom, or greenhouse, take the same measures and precautions with these rooms as you would with your kitchen and bathrooms.
What should I do If Mold Contamination is Increasing?
If you find that the mold in your home is increasing even with all of the precautions you have taken, you can call your local state Health Board and ask them to recommend the services of professionals who specialize in the removal of mold in the home.
You may have to start out by having your home professionally inspected for mold. Professional inspectors may find mold in your home that you have not yet discovered, and it is important to know where all the mold is so it can be successfully and completed eradicated.
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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team