Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Home

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Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Home

Molds are fungi that breakdown animal matter and dead plants. Though most molds grow outdoors, they can travel inside through open windows and doors, air conditioning systems and on pets, clothing and shoes. They can also start growing after a big storm when water leaks into your home and puddles up in areas that water may not normally be.

 

Once inside your home, mold finds a moist food source, such as lint, ceiling tiles or wallpaper, to start growing. This process typically happens pretty quickly as most homes have an array of food sources for them to latch onto.

 

And the dangers to your health can be quite intense. Molds not only affect air quality and food spoilage, they can also result in serious health effects. This is especially true for young children, the elderly, those who suffer from allergies or asthma and those with prior respiratory conditions.

 

Symptoms You Should Lookout For

 

There are a variety of symptoms that one might have that can indicate that there is mold in the home:

 

  • eye irritation
  • nasal stuffiness
  • shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache, light sensitivity
  • Poor memory, difficult word finding
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning stiffness, joint pain
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath, sinus congestion, or chronic cough

 

If you or a family member is experiencing some of these symptoms, consult a physician for an evaluation and diagnosis.

 

Preventing Mold from Growing In Your Home

 

So now you know what to look out for in terms of symptoms, but ideally, you should never even get to that point. Here are some tips to follow to try and prevent mold from growing in your home:

 

  • Clean up any water damage or flooding thoroughly and immediately.
  • Use a dehumidifier and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water quickly.
  • Remove carpeting that cannot be dried out within 48 hours. If your carpet was contaminated by sewer water or a flood, it needs to be replaced.
  • Repair basement cracks so that moisture cannot seep in.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paint.
  • Use a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner to reduce indoor moisture, especially during humid months of the year.
  • Empty the drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator and dehumidifier on a regular basis to prevent water buildup.
  • Run the exhaust fan for 20 minutes after showering, or consider using a humidistat-controlled fan that turns off when the moisture is ventilated from the area.
  • Fix plumbing leaks immediately. Mold will begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after a leak.

 

After big storms, it’s important to do a thorough check of your entire home to make sure that there were no leaks and that water is not pooling up in places it may not normally be. Mold typically likes to grow in warm, damp environments (think showers, baths, sinks, etc.), but that doesn’t mean it may not grow elsewhere too. Also, as you look around, be mindful of the signs. Sometimes what looks like small bits of dirt or grime can actually be the beginning signs of mold growth.

 

 

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