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Three Ways to Decrease Mold in the Home

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 – 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

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  5. I cleaned black mold out from under the kitchen sink. the drawers that had our cutlery, kitchen towels & utensils were covered with dust (mold spores i assume)..so i stupidly took the drawers covered with mold spores on the balcony & sprayed them with dettol, so everything probably flew everywhere & i must have inhaled it. i had a terrible sore throat & bad cough, finally i moved out & now my chest is wheezy, im taking anti allergy pills. im worried that this exposure as impaired my health long term. Im only 30, im scared & need someones advice, please.

  6. Yasmine, you should notice a dramatic improvement in the new environment. As for long term damage, don’t be afraid. Your bodies ability to heal is amazing and, depending on the length of your exposure, your hope for a full recovery is high. Have you noticed the symptoms improving since relocating?

  7. Your words have given me so much hope right now. Im a worrier, especially when its health related. I thought once you’ve inhaled mold spores (not the common ones in the air we all breath, but the bunch i saw on the drawers that i naively took outside & blasted with aerosol cleaner that made me inhale them), well..i read up & the internet only spelt disaster, i thought that exposure alone is enough to give me physical problems all my life. I want to believe like u said our bodies will heal & eliminate that terrible mold out of our body. After relocating, my nagging cough, stomach cramps, sore throat & dizzy spells went away. I still have a wheeze in my chest, that im taking aerius 5mg for. It seems to help, im just terribly afraid it that exposure & this wheeze is going to cause asthma or something like that. Is there anything i can do to help my body eliminate this culprit 100% from my system? thank u & sorry for the long reply.

  8. Yasmine, much of the battle over our health takes place in our mind and our health will tend to follow the way we think. You made a smart choice by moving out and you are doing careful research. There is a lot of information out there and just as much misinformation. Mold is serious and should be taken seriously. You noticed the symptoms improving with your relocation – that’s good! I imagine you will notice a continual decrease of negative symptoms as more time goes on. As for what you can do, yes! There are definitely things that can be done. This is an area I don’t know much about, though – if you’re up for it, I suggest you share your story here on MoldBlogger – just go to https://moldblogger.com/share-your-story – I’ll publish it and then it’ll go out to folks who’ve made more experience and can share some more specific ideas and suggestions.

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