The Ins and Outs of Mold Prevention

Mold prevention is top of the home improvement list for many homeowners. Exposure to high concentrations of mold spores can cause asthma like symptoms, itchy and watery eyes, and other health problems. These problems are especially prevalent in children and the elderly, but pets are also at risk. The ins and outs of mold prevention take you through best practices and common myths about mold.

All natural fungal cleansers

You can shop for all natural, nontoxic fungal cleansers at most home improvement stores. However, if you need to DIY something quickly, you can. Simply, mix plain white vinegar with equal parts water and mist onto affected areas. Afterwards, just wipe it away and you can limit the spread of mold. Mold prevention doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals.

Can you make your house fungal-free

Airborne mold spores are around us constantly. Naturally, the urge to provide a fungal-free home is equivalent to the urge to provide a germ-free home. Unfortunately, germs and mold will always be with us. Nevertheless, in low concentrations, they’re not harmful. Focus on stopping mold infestations and the free-floating spores won’t be an issue.

Preventative maintenance

Appliance leaks, the culprit behind many mold infestations yearly. A dripping dishwasher allows moisture under the tile where mold can bloom out of sight. In addition, if your washing machine breaks and sends water through your basement, the water damage can create the perfect environment for mold to flourish. Mold prevention starts with appliance maintenance. Get your appliances inspected as often as their warranties and owner’s manuals call for. Moreover, if one of them starts to break down, get it repaired as soon as possible, even if you think the problem isn’t a big deal. It could grow to be a major mold issue.

The myth of toxic mold spores

Most toxic mold fears are actually just hype. Any mold growth can cause health problems if left unchecked. It’s silly to think only black mold is toxic, and grey or green mold is just fine to have in your home. You don’t want either in your home. Don’t panic if you see mold growth, but don’t delay addressing it. A reasonable response is swift, but not panicked.

Professional inspection of water damage

Mold loves moisture. If your home sustains water damage, make sure that a professional inspects the damage for mold growth. Even water from clean sources like an appliance can prove a breeding ground for mold. Mold prevention should be part of your water damage restoration plan. Whether your home flooded during a storm or a faulty water heater flooded your basement, a professional can combat mold and perfect your mold prevention efforts.

Out of sight, out of mind

Don’t assume that all mold is easily visible. Realistically, some types of mold are harder to spot. Even if it does have a distinct color that attracts the eye, mold loves to hide. Mold can flourish inside walls and under carpets. Remember, it’s important that your mold prevention plan go beyond the surface.

Mold is a serious issue, but mold prevention can be simple. Focus on addressing all water damage professionally, and cleaning your home regularly. Reduce your mold related health concerns by staying on top of mold prevention.

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