Mold, mildew, and moisture issues are especially common in areas with hot, humid weather.
According to the EPA, our interior environment is two to five times more hazardous than our outside environment. In fact, indoor air readings have been shown to be 100 times more contaminated in some situations. Mold is one of the most dangerous issues that may impact the quality of your home’s indoor air.
Mold can grow unnoticed for months, if not years, in damp locations such as:
Mold thrives in locations where there are leaks in the ceilings, walls, and plumbing systems. Mold may also grow in your HVAC system, which is one of the most dangerous locations for it to grow.
Mold and mold spores in the air can cause significant respiratory health consequences in healthy people, such as asthma aggravation, coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory symptoms. Mold exposure’s health consequences are greatly reliant on the type and amount of mold present in the residence.
Mold Prevention Methods
1. Keep Healthy Humidity Levels
Mold and mildew flourish in humid environments, therefore it is critical to maintain low humidity levels. Make careful to ventilate places that are prone to excess moisture. Turn on the vent fans whether you’re in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. If these rooms do not have vent fans, have them fixed or installed by an electrician. Consider adding whole-house humidifiers or plug-in dehumidifiers as well.
Attics fans may also aid with moisture management and ventilation in the home. Inquire with your mold remediation firm if attic fans are appropriate for your house.
You may also use your HVAC system, which may or may not include a humidification system, to manage the humidity levels in your home. Running the air conditioner, on the other hand, will assist to dry and circulate the air. In the summer, a closed-up home with no air conditioning and minimal air circulation will provide the damp, warm, and gloomy conditions required for mold growth.
Look for models with better moisture removal and a minimum SEER rating of 14 when purchasing a new air conditioning system.
2. Let in Fresh Air
Open windows assist to promote ventilation in your house and are an effective approach to reduce indoor carbon dioxide levels. High carbon dioxide levels can reduce oxygen levels in the body, obstructing oxygen passage to the brain. Carbon dioxide can accumulate in your home after it has been closed for several months, especially in rooms where people spend the most time. Fresh air will also aid in the drying of wet, musty regions, as well as the reduction of smells and stuffiness. Open a window or two for 5-15 minutes every day to give free, natural air to your home.
3. Use Green Cleaning Products
Cleaning chemicals with strong odors are, unfortunately, the most significant producers of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the house. This is especially true of goods containing fake pine and lemon. When you use these cleansers to remove mold and other contaminants from a space, you are basically exchanging one contaminant for another. When dealing with mold prevention (and cleaning your house in general), aim to use water-based, non-toxic, and non-aerosol cleansers.
4. Dry Wet Areas
Although you should avoid using hazardous cleaners, you should nonetheless clean your home’s surfaces on a regular basis. Cleaning and drying the surfaces in your bathroom and other wet places is a fantastic method to maintain your bathroom clean and free of mold and mildew.
Due to mold prevention, mold cannot develop and thrive in the absence of moisture, therefore it is critical to dry wet spots in your house as soon as possible. A leaking pipe, a wet basement, or simply a spill on your carpet must be dried completely and immediately (within 24 hours). Also, avoid leaving wet clothing or bath towels out for an extended period of time. It is quite difficult to fully clean mold-affected material.
To eliminate moisture sources in your house, address any plumbing leaks or water concerns. Among the waterproofing solutions are:
- Cleaning and repairing gutter and downspout systems
- Setting up and maintaining a basement sump pump
- Window and foundation leaks must be sealed.
- Repairing lots, unclogging sewers, and building new drainage systems to improve drainage.
- Repairing leaks as soon as they are discovered
5. Keep Indoor Plants
Bringing some houseplants into your home is a fantastic method to improve the quality of your indoor air (IAQ). Live plants can aid in the removal of VOCs such as formaldehyde, paint, and benzene (a byproduct of chemical based-cleaners).
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