Mold. It is everywhere. In old leaf piles, on the ceiling in your bathroom, in the corner of your basement; anywhere where moisture has a chance to grow. We are exposed to it daily, but for some it can be problematic. Many people are allergic, but in large enough amounts, they can pose health risks for anyone. So how do you protect yourself? Eliminate the worst offenders.
The Problem with Mold
Where Does Mold Grow
Mold occurs naturally. It can be beneficial, like when it breaks down items like old plants. Inside though is a different story. Mold spores exist everywhere, but when given a moist home, they have the opportunity to grow. And if not checked, they will grow at an alarming pace. You find mold anywhere where you find moisture, like;
- around windows
- in the kitchen
- in the laundry room
- around the basement
- in improperly stored boxes
Have you ever smelt old photographs or clothes that have been placed in cardboard boxes in the corner of your basement for too long? That dank smell is mold and it can ruin the item, not to mention your health
Why is Mold Bad
Mold is problematic for a variety of reasons. Not only can it cause a funky smell, but it also discolours items. Have you ever noticed a reddish tinge in the caulking in your tub? It can be wiped off, but if left long enough, that stain will turn black and be impossible to remove. Same thing around windows.
You might think it’s not a big deal, but mold spores can cause sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin irritation, and difficulty breathing for those with more severe allergic reactions. Infants, the elderly, people with asthma, lung disease, or other compromised immune systems are more at risk to the effects. Ultimately, while we can live with some mold spores in our lives, preventing an excess of them is key to a healthier home and healthier lifestyle.
What You Can Do
There are plenty of ways you can protect yourself and your home against the adverse effects of mold growth. For starters, knowing where it occurs is key. Reducing excess moisture eliminates a growth source, which is half the battle. Consider adding extra insulation around windows, exterior walls, and floors, running exhaust fans in bathrooms and the kitchen, and cleaning up any spills as they occur. You should also vent your dryer outside, use a dehumidifier as necessary, and fix any leaks in your home. When it comes to your storage room, ensure any storage boxes are well sealed, that concrete floors and walls do not have leaks. Consider using area rugs that can be laundered versus wall to wall carpeting.
If you find mold in your home, clean the area and dispose of anything damaged by it. Rectify any issues that may be the cause of growth. And don’t forget about clutter. Decluttering your home allows better air flow, which takes you a long way to preventing issues in the first place.
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