Mold doesn’t just look ugly – it can also make you sick. If there are visible growths of mold in your home, it’s possible that there are lots of spores in the air. Breathing in these spores can often make people feel nauseous, as well as producing headaches and itchiness. In serious cases, mold can cause people to develop respiratory problems such as asthma and aspergillosis. All in all, mold can be a health hazard.
By getting rid of mold in your home, you can stop yourself from falling sick. Below are some tips for tackling mold.
Detecting a mold problem
Mold is often easy to detect. It takes the form of black or brown growths on walls, windowsills or ceilings.
Sometimes mold growths can be hidden in a cupboard or behind furniture. In these cases, you may notice them, however there will likely be a musty smell to the air and you may experience certain symptoms like itchiness or headaches.
What causes mold?
The most common cause of mold is dampness. Combined with heat and lack of sunlight, mold can thrive.
Mold can quickly grow following water damage from a flood or plumbing leak. In these cases, it is recommended that you use a water and flood restoration company to repair any damage before mold can set in. Problems like rising damp may also lead to mold growth and should be fixed.
If condensation is allowed to collect on walls and ceilings, this can also promote mold growth. In steamy rooms like bathrooms and kitchens, mold may grow if there is no ventilation. Even the moisture from people breathing can cause mold to grow in bedrooms.
Mold can sometimes grow on damp clothes or damp towels. Hanging laundry outdoors or using a tumble dryer may prevent mold growth.
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Getting rid of mold in your home
Wiping away mold with a wet sponge is not recommended. It may not be enough to get rid of thick mold, resulting in stains afterwards. The dampness caused by the wet sponge may also cause mold to grow back.
You’re better off using a specialist anti-mold spray or bleach to kill off the fungus. With some cleaning solutions, you can spray it directly on the area and wait a few minutes and the mold will be gone! There’s often no need for scrubbing unless it’s very thick mold. Make sure to wear a mask and use gloves as such chemicals can be harsh.
You can also use UV light to kill off mold. This usually takes a couple hours – it is the preferred method for those that want to avoid using chemicals in their home.
Preventing future mold growth
Mold may grow back after time. Tackling the cause will help you to prevent future mold growth. This could involve repairing water damage or it could involve improving ventilation in your home by adding extractor fans or regularly opening windows. A dehumidifier can also help to reduce moisture in the air – this can be worthwhile in homes in naturally humid locations.