Dealing with Mold and Common Preventative Measures

Dealing with Mold and Common Preventative Measures

Mold is a common problem in homes. It grows in moist conditions where warm temperatures and humidity are present. Fungal spores, from which mold grows, are always present in the air and on objects indoors. When temperatures are right and there is sufficient moisture, growth begins on fabrics, walls, carpets, upholstery and furniture. Moisture may come from plumbing leakages, flooding or other water events.

Preventing Mold

To prevent mold, it is important to ensure that all plumbing connections around the house are sealed. It is important to be vigilant. Warping floors, discolored walls, patches on ceilings, peeling paint from walls or damp basements are all indications of leakages. Humid indoor conditions also cause mold. And when hot air condenses on a cool surface, mold grows. This commonly occurs in poorly insulated wall exteriors and windows. It also occurs on cold pipes during summer.

Once mold occurs and the fungal spores release, mold grows rapidly It is important to hire a professional company to do mold inspection in and around the house. If there is mold in the home, inspection will catch it early enough and will provide advice on remedial measures to be taken.

Common Mold Symptoms

Since mold grows on many surfaces around the house including furniture, upholstery, walls and carpets; it can affect the health of people living in the home. Mold causes allergic reactions, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, dry coughs, skin rashes as well as irritation in the nose or throat. If these symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical assistance and call a mold inspection company immediately.

Cleaning and Removing Mold

There are many chemical products in the market that kill mold, but many are harmful to people or the environment. It is important to prevent mold. This means maintaining optimal room temperatures and preventing leakages. It is also advisable to regularly disinfect around areas commonly associated with mold growth, such as sink areas or showers.

For very small areas, determine the source and apply fungus solutions such as Lysol, X-14 or Clorox. Make sure to leave the area well ventilated and wear a mask. Also replace or clean HVAC systems, but it is advisable to hire professional services to test the air quality around the home who can offer advice on ways to prevent, clean or remove mold.

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By Simon Hahessy | Posted in Air Quality Testing