Mold is everywhere, indoors and outdoors. However, you may not feel or notice its presence when they are not growing. You only get to see them when environmental conditions are favorable for them to thrive.
Molds grow rapidly in damp, shady, moist, humid, wet, or temperate places. For that reason, you commonly see them in the basement, sink, toilet, shower, bathtub, bathroom and kitchen walls/floors, refrigerator, window sills, trash can, kitchen cabinets, AC and heating vents, mattresses, curtains, chimney, indoor plants, carpets, ceilings, etc. In addition, Income Realty warns that mold is present anywhere there is a leak or water damage in the home.
Molds are hazardous to health. They can trigger an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive to it. Allergic individuals may have shortness of breath, cough, red eyes, skin rashes, itching, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and asthmatic attacks.
Some studies claim that certain species of mold can cause lung cancer. Apart from those with asthma or allergies, some groups of people are more sensitive to mold exposure. They include; people with chronic lung disease, those with compromised immune systems due to HIV, chemotherapy, cancer, liver failure, steroid users, the elderly, infants, and children.
How to check if you have mold in your home
Several signs will let you know if you have molds in your home. Some of them include:
Mold has a unique odor that smells sour, earthy, or musty. If you perceive this odor in your home, you may be dealing with molds. Follow the smell, and you will discover the source. It usually takes you to places with water damage or humid and shady areas.
Stains or visible discoloration
It is possible to see mold stains and visible discolorations where you have mold colonies. It can be blue, green, black, brown, red, pink, or grey color. Mold textures vary. It can be slimy, fuzzy, or powdery.
If molds grow on your cup or coffee maker, you will sense an off taste when you drink from it. The same goes for refrigerators that have molds. Food items in the fridge will have a sour or weird taste.
Molds in the home will trigger allergic reactions among inhabitants. You will notice frequent sneezing, coughing, and rashes when they are at home but no symptoms when they are elsewhere.
How to protect your home from mold
Getting rid of all the mold or mold spores in your home is impossible because the spores can float around in the air together with dust mites. However, you can prevent or stop them from thriving by starving them of their nutrients or favorable conditions. Below are the things you can do to prevent mold in your home.
1. Hire professionals for mold cleanup
Getting a mold cleanup is the first step to preventing molds from your home. This cleanup is a technical procedure rather than something you should try doing yourself. That is because the experts will use special tools and equipment to trace/identify the locations and causes of mold growth.
During the cleanup, they will also stop the potential causes of molds in your home. These professionals offer beneficial advice on how you can prevent the reoccurrence of mold in your home. The contractors you choose should be those that will follow the appropriate guidelines from professional or government bodies.
2. Repair all leaks
Molds can grow within 24 hours of water damage. Therefore, you must fix all water leaks in your home as soon as you notice them. No matter how small the leaks may appear, it is advisable to repair them urgently.
3. Reduce humidity levels in your home
Your home’s humidity level should not be above 60%. Anything above that will provide suitable conditions for mold growth. Keep the humidity low.
4. Improve your home’s ventilation
Proper ventilation helps to prevent mold in the house. We recommend that you install exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen. Doing so will help to remove steam and dry up the rooms. Use ceiling fans to boost ventilation in other rooms. Keeping your windows and doors open on sunny days will further dry the house.
5. Install moisture barriers
Install moisture barriers in places that are more prone to moisture. Examples of such areas include basements and crawlspaces.
6. Use a dehumidifier
Sometimes, you may need a dehumidifier in your home to help remove moisture from the air and reduce humidity levels. However, it is essential to state that the dehumidifier can also be a source of mold if you fail to maintain it. We advise that you empty and clean the water collection bin every day.
Molds are injurious to health and should not be allowed to thrive in your home. You don’t need to notice the signs before you start acting. Reach out to professionals to clean up molds from your property so you can enjoy a healthy home.