Have you got mold growing in your home? This fungus commonly grows inside homes that have damp conditions. Mold spores can be breathed in and cause all manner of respiratory problems such as asthma, as well as causing skin rashes and other allergic reactions in other people.
Mold can be easily cleaned off with a sponge and soapy hot water. However, this won’t stop it coming back. There are lots of ways to prevent mold, largely by preventing dampness in your home. Here are a few prevention measures for those currently dealing with mold indoors.
Ventilate your home
Condensation on windows can encourage mold. Keeping windows open can help to ventilate your home and prevent condensation. Bathrooms can be a common culprit for mold as they often get steamy from the bath and shower, so try to always air these rooms out afterwards by opening the window. Extractor fans can be installed for room without windows or rooms with windows facing onto busy polluted roads.
Fix up all leaks
Leaking water will cause mold growth. Roofs are the most common source of leaks and may require a roof plumber. This could be the result of rainwater getting in or a broken pipe. Occasionally underfloor pipes can cause leaks, in which case there may be unexplained pools of water forming on the floor.
Buy a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier can suck away the moisture in your home that could be leading to mold. There are plenty of electric dehumidifiers on the market. There are also natural methods worth considering such as beeswax candles and crystal salt lamps for those wanting to save money on their energy bills.
Upgrade your home’s insulation
Condensation is less likely in a warmer home. Various types of insulation such as cavity wall insulation and double glazing are thought to inhibit mold growth. That said, you should refrain from over-insulating your bathroom and kitchen, as this could have an opposite effect as well as stopping other household toxins from escaping such as gas from cooking.
Let damp objects air
Clothes and towels that are not sufficiently aired can eventually start to grow mold on them. Hang them somewhere so that they aren’t scrunched up and can easily dry. Be wary of hanging clothes on radiators as with some clothes this has been known to start fires.
Prevent with plants
Many household plants can have natural dehumidifying properties such as peace lily and English Ivy. However, you should watch out for plant soil as this can sometimes be a source of mold, especially if plants are overwatered. Clean out any mold from soil the moment you spot it to prevent it from spreading onto other parts of the room.
Clean out your air con
Mold in an air conditioning unit is never a good sign. This should be cleaned out immediately as mold spores could get pumped around the air and breathed in. Unclean air conditioning units have also been known to cause deadly lung conditions such as Legionnaire’s.