The moisture problem in a home doesn’t come with bad odors but also the birth of mold (fungus). You can never understand how quickly it spreads and see the repercussions of its invasion in the form of deteriorating health and house structure. Though mold helps to decompose the organic matter in nature and is not an enemy to the environment, you surely don’t need it indoors.
Mold usually flourishes wherever it is damp, warm, dark, or humid. Basements, closets, shower curtains, crawl spaces, etc., are the perfect examples of it. It all starts with mildew and can be quickly seen as huge black spots on the walls. You experience a musty smell and the wooden items start to rot and paint surfaces rip off.
Not only this mold also produces allergens and irritants as it grows. Coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory ailments happen more often in healthy individuals of your family and the symptoms of the ones suffering from asthma already exacerbate even further. If you haven’t experienced all this yet, you are fortunate enough. However, keep taking the following precautions to avoid it in the future too –
- Fix Leakages
Leaking plumbing or water seepage into the basement after heavy rainfall is not an issue that you can delay. Mold grows multiple times faster with wetness in the atmosphere, so tackle wet areas at the earliest. Dry the damp spots, repair the walls and clean the roof gutters before it gets untamable.
- Ensure Proper Ventilation
Generally, it is your routine chores that encourage mold growth in your home. Activities as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing laundry can secretly invite mold if there is not sufficient flow of air in the respective areas. Hence, keep your bathroom and kitchen windows open.
- Use Mold-Resistant Materials
If you are building a house from scratch or have such a project upcoming soon, try to buy mold-resistant products for humid prone areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. You will be amazed at their ability to cut down moisture absorption and prevent mold growth in the long run.
- Inspect HVAC System
Clean, flowing, and unobstructed HVAC is the key to control indoor humidity. But when the system isn’t performing well, you get the signs in the form of condensation on windows, pipes, and walls that later become the cause of mold growth. So, perform regular inspections and repairs when needed.
- Keep Indoors Dry
You all, by now, know that excessive moisture is the best friend of mold. A closed-up home with little air movement is the reason to create favorable conditions for this fungus. Thus, to maintain healthy humidity levels and remove mold odors, consider installing air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and ozone generators.
- Look After Plants
Indoor plants help keep your house clean and bacteria-free, but when not given desired attention, they become a breeding ground for mold. Therefore, you have to keep a tap on how much water you give them and spray the Taheebo tea solution.