If you’re a homeowner, or are thinking about buying a home, there are some essentials about mold and mold cleanup that you cannot do without. Even if the mold in your home is not toxic mold, it can still be a problem, because mold growing on organic materials will in time destroy them. Too much mold of any type smells bad and degrades air quality. Mold often becomes apparent through a bad odor only after it has considerably spread and grown. For this reason, it’s important that you make sure to be on the lookout for the damp, humid conditions where mold thrives:
Bathrooms with poor ventilation. Install an exhaust fan if possible. Open the window (if there is one) in order to release moisture after using the shower or tub. Pools of water should be dried with a rag or towel if there isn’t enough ventilation to air-dry them.
Leaky water pipes. Repair them immediately. Even if you’re thinking that you can’t afford the cost of repairing them now, if you wait, you’ll end up having to pay for them and for the damage that the mold or mildew will have caused in your neglect.
Roof leaks. Repair them right away. Again, you’ll be saving money in the long-run if you repair the roof before mold and mildew problems can arise. When these kind of problems are left untouched, other problems are likely to manifest.
Clothes dryers and exhaust fans should always vent to the outside, never under the house or back into a room. It should also not vent directly against another surface. The idea is to get the moisture out into the air.
Consider installing a dehumidifier in chronically moist rooms. There are many available online and at your local retailers. These also help people whose allergies act-up inside, near dust and other air-born irritants.
Don't put carpet down in damp areas. It's the perfect breeding ground for mold. Half-enclosed porches often acquire this mold, especially if they don’t use outdoor carpeting. And even that can sometimes be a place for mold growth.
Insulate pipes and other cold surfaces to discourage condensation. This will also save you money because you won’t have to pay for costs related to repainting or wallpapering. It is also a safer practice for those who have little ones running around the house.
Install storm windows to eliminate condensation on glass. This will also lower your heating bill. It creates an intermediary space between inside and outside. So moisture gets out through the outer window, without posing a threat of mold formation.
Make sure the crawlspace under your house is well ventilated. Cover crawlspace dirt with plastic. Also, make sure that these are upkept at regular cleaning times and not only once or twice a year. This will increase your chances of prevention.
Porous materials, such as ceiling tiles, may have to be replaced; however, replacing them won't solve the problem if the source of moisture is not eliminated. For that reason, it’s important to get to the bottom of each source problem and to not just fix the aesthetics.
If you know that you have mold, mildew or fungus problems in your house or are concerned that your house may be at risk, you’re going to want to make sure that you spend some time reading more, so that you can inform yourself. There is a wealth of information on the internet, and some cities and towns offer free pamphlets about topics such as these.
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