In fact, your home is likely infected with mold and you may not even realize it. Mold is found both inside and outside of most residential and commercial structures. Most importantly, those with asthma, allergies as well as the very young and the very old are especially sensitive to mold and the negative health effects that it produces. It should be noted that mold spores are very tiny and as such they can easily be inhaled into the lungs unsuspectingly.
Repeated and continual exposure to excessive levels of mold spores can produce mold allergies. In short, it is very unhealthy to occupy a home where there are high levels of mold and mold spores present. One of the best ways to determine whether or not mold is a problem in your home is to have a professional Maple Ridge mold inspection performed. Mold thrives and grows most readily in warm moist temperatures where there is ample organic material that can be used as food by growing spores.
Obvious signs that mold is present include a distinct odor as well as visual cues such as watermarks on the ceiling or different colors including orange, black, gray and green growth formations on walls or floors. All this being said here are clear and obvious tips, (seven in total) that can help you to prevent mold in your home.
1. Prevent condensation in your basement as a way to reduce mold. One easy way of keeping your basement mold free to run a humidifier on a regular basis. In addition, installing a foundation drain and increasing circulation can also help. Insulating walls is also important.
2. Adequate airflow is very important in preventing mold. Areas of your home that are dark and confined should be kept well ventilated while furniture should be moved away from walls. Keep windows open during nice weather as a way to enjoy natural airflow. In short, there should always be a steady flow of fresh air moving throughout your home.
3. Always dry up wet material as soon as possible. Mold can begin to grow in just a few short days. Avoid leaving wet clothing or wet towels around for days on end. When clothing or towels that are wet are allowed to remain in place for a few days mold likely begin to grow.
4. Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to avoid mold growth. Always disinfect, clean and dry all surfaces in order to prevent mold. Always make sure all surfaces are completely dry as a way to deter unwanted growth.
5. When storing items such as linens, towels and clothing always make sure all items are completely dry. Even camping gear can present a problem when it comes to mold. Wet camping items should be dried outdoors to stop mold from forming.
6. The bathroom is a key location in the home where spores can grow. Always use the bathroom exhaust fan when taking a shower or bath. The main objective is to keep moisture to a minimum in the bathroom at all times. An exhaust fan in the bathroom is the best defense against mold.
7. Finally, anytime there is a plumbing leak it is best to fix it the soonest possible. The buildup of moisture and water in your home will promote and accelerate unwanted spore growth. Even old pipes can break and leak. Consider having your entire plumbing system inspected as a way to prevent the growth of mold.
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