If you've been fighting a mold problem, you're far from alone. According to Health Canada, mold is one of the most common air pollutants in the home. But changing the conditions in your home can mean the difference between occasional shower mildew and full-blown black mold in your walls.
Since mold loves the damp, the most important thing you can do to avoid serious mold problems is to keep the humidity in your house low. This is also the reason why mold is commonly found in bathrooms – the most humid room in most homes. And while running a dehumidifier is an obvious option, don't overlook some simpler, and greener, ways to keep down humidity as well.
The absolute simplest thing to do in warmer weather is to open windows. The increased airflow will reduce the humidity in the house, especially after showers or cooking. If opening the windows isn't an option, ventilation fans can have a similar effect. If you have a ventilation fan in your bathroom, for instance, you should run it during and for up to half an hour after showers in order to keep humidity from building up.
Check For Plumbing Leaks
Even small leaks in pipes means more water in your home. If you've been putting off calling a plumber because a leak seemed inconsequential, keep in mind that the water dripping out of the pipe is adding to the moisture in your home. If it's dripping onto concrete, it will just evaporate into air humidity; on a porous surface like wood, it will cause dampness that will attract mold.
Line Dry Clothing
In nicer weather, drying your clothes outdoors not only saves you electricity – it also helps with humidity. Even dryers that are vented to the outdoors can also raise your home's humidity. And if you're line-drying your clothing inside, all the water that's evaporating from the laundry is ending up in your air.
Mulch Potted Plants
To make sure that the water you give your plants ends up nourishing them and not evaporating into the air, consider getting a little bit of mulch and layering it on top of the soil in your pots. You will also notice that you have to water your plants less often this way since you aren't losing water into the air. The more plants you have, the bigger difference this can make.
What If You Still Get Mold?
Small amounts of kitchen or bathroom mildew can be cleaned up with a household cleaner like bleach or vinegar. But if you are seeing large amounts of mold or mold in porous surfaces like carpets, walls, floors, or ceilings, then it's time to call in a professional. And if you already suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems, you shouldn't try to tackle mold problems yourself.
Mold can have serious health consequences, causing reactions that range from difficulty breathing to skin rashes. Cleaning up large areas of mold may require respirators and specialized equipment, and a professional can also help you determine what is causing your home to be so attractive to mold. Talk to experts like Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc for more information.