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Tips For Keeping the House Mold-Free

Molds are a form of fungus that can grow anywhere that moisture and oxygen are present. Mold growth often occurs when excessive moisture accumulates, causing many health risks to individuals. Common forms of indoor molds include:


Acremonium: This mold typically grows in household systems in areas around humidifiers, window sealants, showers and sinks. It often has a pink, grey, orange or white appearance. 



Aspergillus: This mold often grows indoors, on powdery food items, and building materials, such as drywall.



Cladosporium: Cladosporium can grow in both warm and cold conditions. This mold is often found in fabrics, carpets and under floorboards. It appears as an olive-green colored mold.



Penicillium: This mold is easily recognizable by its blue or green colored surface and is most often found in water-damaged homes and buildings. It is also found in materials such as carpets, wallpapers, and even in mattresses. 


What are the health effects associated with mold exposure?

Mold can cause health problems, especially to those with allergies, asthma, or a weakened immune system. Here are common symptoms that stem from mold exposure:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Skin rash

How can I get rid of mold in my home?

Keep your house clean

Sinks, bathtubs and floors collect a lot of mold when ignored for long periods of time, especially if those areas carry moisture. Clean and immediately dry these hard surfaces on a weekly basis to avoid mold growth.

Reduce moisture levels 

Cooking, taking a shower or even doing laundry can cause mold to grow in your home. The steam from cooking and showering can create a lot of moisture in a small space. Proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room is important for preventing mold growth. 

Fix water problems, such as roof leaks, wet basements, etc.

Leaks can be a common issue in households when pipes start to disintegrate due to wear and tear. It is important to replace those old pipes as soon as they show signs of being dilapidated. Fixing plumbing leaks can help prevent the buildup of moisture and inhibit the growth of mold.

Increase the air flow within your home

Without good airflow in your home, excess moisture may appear on the walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open windows and doors to help reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

By controlling moisture in your home and reducing mold growth, you can prevent damage to building materials and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health risks. Knowing what works for your home to prevent mold growth is an important first step. 

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