Protect Your Home From The Dangers Of Mold

One of my old friends and her husband recently concluded years’ worth of suffering due to the growth of mold in their attic and, from there, throughout the rest of their home. At first, they tried to spot treat the areas affected by the mold that they had found, but it quickly became apparent that the mold had spread throughout all of the walls, flooring, and even furniture in their home. Eventually, they had to move out of their home while professionals gutted and deep cleaned the home. My friend and her husband had to get rid of all of their old furnishings, curtains, carpets, bedding, etc. However,  this costly experience could have been avoided.

Prevent Mold from Gaining Access to Your Home

Mold spores can easily get into our homes. We carry those spores into our homes ourselves after we have come into contact with piles of leaves or the neighbors’ pet. Our pets may carry mold into our homes and spores can even travel into our homes on the air. Each spore carries genetic material and chemicals.

If it so easy for mold to get in, can it even be possible to keep mold out? Maybe not entirely, but there are some definite steps we can take which will reduce the growth of mold and prevent toxic mold from taking over our homes and our health.

Mold Thrives in Warm, Moist Areas

Recognize that it is easy to create an atmosphere that is perfect for the growth of mold in our homes. Steamy showers, condensation from cooking, tightly sealed windows, and closed curtains work together to invite mold to proliferate and spread. Take these steps to withdraw your invitation:

  • Search for any moisture leaks and get them repaired immediately.
  • Use an air dehumidifier if your humidity levels are above 70%.
  • Open doors and windows in order to improve the circulation of fresh air throughout your home. This includes the inside doors of your home.
  • Allow plenty of sunlight into your home.
  • Research the best air purification systems and put one to use.
  • Check for an anti-humidity vent on your clothes dryer and install one if it isn’t already there.
  • Always try to keep things as dry as possible: open windows when showering, ventilate your kitchen, and thoroughly dry clothing and dishes before putting them away.

Toxic Mold Affects Air Quality in Millions of Homes

Estimates from the EPA suggest that indoor air environments are increasingly hazardous to our health. Scientists have recognized over 1,000 different types of mold inside homes in the United States. One of those, the stachybotrys mold, has been linked to human deaths. Mold can be hiding within the walls of our homes or floating through the air. While we can’t always see it, we can still be negatively affected by mold. This situation is only getting worse.

Protect Yourself When Working with Mold

Before you start scrubbing away or treating mold with chemicals, you will need to protect yourself and your family members. For your own protection, and for anyone who is working with you, obtain some protective clothing. This should include:

  • Eye goggles
  • A filter dust mask which fits securely
  • Protective latex or rubber gloves
  • Disposable protective clothing
  • Large black plastic bags if you will be removing carpet or other hardware

You’ll also want to be sure that your family and pets are safe. Send them to Grandma’s house or take care to prevent mold from getting to the rest of the home as you work.

You can prevent mold from migrating through your home as you clean by sealing off all ducts with duct tape and plastic sheets. Seal off doorways as well, but open an outside window and use a fan to direct mold spores outside.

Eliminating Mold Infestations

Hopefully, you’ll be able to clean up any mold problems before they become so widespread that you have to call in a professional. There are three steps you can take if your mold problem isn’t to extensive.

  • Use a stiff brush and soapy water to scrub any affected areas. If the wall or other parts of your home come apart as you clean, seal those pieces up in plastic bags and throw them away.
  • Apply a disinfectant to the mold area and the area surrounding where the mold was. You may want to contact a professional in order to find out the most effective disinfectants. There are also many natural disinfectants with high records of success in eradicating mold and other toxins.
  • Thoroughly dry the cleaned area. Once you have cleaned away the mold, you don’t want to extend another invitation by leaving things damp.

Armed with accurate information about mold, you will be prepared to bid this unwelcome guest farewell. Don’t wait until things become as bad as they were for my friend. Take steps today to protect your home and family from the dangers of mold.

Lauren Hill is writes for Rabbit Air, an air purification company offering an extensive collection of air purifiers for your home and office spaces.

 

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