Do you know where your mold is lurking?

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Is there mould hiding in your home? Mould can sometimes be unsightly, but it can also be invisible. Either way, seen or unseen, mould cause a lot of problems, not just to your home but to your health. People who have been exposed to toxic mould for long periods of time can develop respiratory issues and other symptoms like migraines and digestive issues. They only way you can prevent yourself from getting sick from mould exposure is to ensure that your home doesn't have any and if it does, to clean it up as soon as possible. Then, you need to keep an eye on your home for any more mould. The way mould can exist in your home is if the mould spores have a favourable environment and a source of nourishment.

Mould actually uses wood and drywall as a food source, and it thrives in dark, warm and damp areas. So you need to control the temperature and humidity in your home so that it doesn't provide a place for the mould to grow. If you live in a humid place, it can be hard to control the humidity in your home. You can invest in a good dehumidifier to keep the humidity inside your home in check though, and you can also make sure that your home is properly ventilated as well.

Another thing you might not be aware of is that air drying your clothes indoors can increase the humidity in your home because of the water released from the clothes into the air. So if you can, dry your clothes on a line outside, or in a dryer and if you do have to air dry certain clothes indoors make sure that you have a fan running or a window open to extract the excess moisture. Another major cause of mould is a leaking pipe that is causing water to pool on a surface. Sometimes you might not even see the leaky pipe or the mould that's caused by it until the mould has spread. So if you hear an odd dripping sound, it's best to look into it right away or have a professional look at it for you. Leaks in your roof can also cause mould growth in the attic space or on the ceiling below. It's a good idea to check your attic for any roof leaks and mould regularly. Checking once every 6 months or so should be sufficient. This way you're not caught by surprise by a leak or mould growth. The basement is another place mould can thrive, especially if you've ever had flooding down there. If your basement has ever flooded, make sure that the areas dry out completely after. Use fans and to dry the area and ventilate the basement as best as you can.

Now that you know what causes mould, you can prevent it from growing in the first place. Another thing to be aware of is any musty odour in your home. Usually, this musty odour signifies a larger problem being mould. If you've found mould, you'll want to learn how to remove mould safely from your home as well as what kills mould so that it doesn't return. Natural cleaners like white distilled vinegar are great for getting rid of mould and preventing it from returning. Also, baking soda and borax are wonderful at absorbing excess moisture that causes mould, as well as killing the spores. If you have a widespread mould problem, hire a professional who knows how to remove mould in the safest way possible to prevent it from spreading.***

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