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Mold in Your Home

Mold is present in at least every 4 out of ten homes and can be a real pest. Apart from an ugly appearance and making areas in your house appear dirty there are many health hazards related to prolonged exposure to certain kinds of mold including allergy symptoms such as runny nose, a scratchy throat, itchy eyes, nasal congestion and respiratory problems. In severe cases when toxic mold is present, you may suffer from serious neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory-loss and severe fatigue.

So from reading the above it should be clear to you that it best to remove any mold that may be present, but there are also things you can do to prevent mold spores from developing.

The key to mold prevention is moisture control.

Here are a few ways to prevent moisture indoors:

FIND PROBLEM AREAS IN YOUR HOME:

The first step is looking around your home and looking for obvious signs of mold or a musty odour.  Next, look for signs of moisture.  Are there stains or discolorations on your ceiling where rain might have leaked? Do you notice constant condensation in your windows? You might just need to rip up your carpet in the basement or clean the windows yourself or it may be a more serious problem that requires professional help. You won’t know though till you have looked yourself or gotten a professional in to have a look around.

DEAL WITH WET AREAS RIGHT AWAY:

If there are any wet spots in your house, be it a leak on the carpet or even wet bedding or furniture due to any kind of flooding, make sure to dry the areas and items out immediately as mold needs moisture to grow. Make sure to keep surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen dry and to even routinely check your shower curtain where mold can thrive.

VACUUM AND CLEAN REGULARLY:

Pay special attention to areas of your home that might generate a lot of moisture especially the bathrooms.

USE AREA RUGS RATHER THAN WALL TO WALL CARPETING:

Moisture can accumulate under carpeting and in the corners that is why area rugs may be a better choice. Make sure to wash them frequently.

REPAIR ANY WATER LEAKS:

This can be in your roof, windows or pipes. Look for signs of rust around pipes as this is a sure sign of constant moisture.

USE A DEHUMIDIFIER:

A dehumidifier is an effective way to remove excess humidity and therefore moisture in the air, which can prevent the growth of mold.

DUST REGULARLY:

This includes bookshelves, windows and air vents where dust and mold might have accumulated during Winter.

Other things you can do include sealing any cracks where water can seep in and making sure your home is properly insulated and ventilated.

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