The dark, dirty truth about household mold (and how to rid yourself of it)

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Mould might not seem like that big of a deal at first. What harm can a little bit of fuzz do? Though looks can be deceiving and there are some types of mould that can cause serious health issues. Mould comes in many different forms and you can detect it in different ways. Sometimes it's detectable by scent, but then there are types of mould that can be odourless. Stachybotrys, also known as black mould is one of the worst types of mould to find in your home and even though not all black coloured mould is Stachybotrys, all types of mould should be dealt with immediately. If mould is left to grow, it will grow quite rapidly and spread throughout the home. The best way to prevent mould is to keep your home free of excess moisture, and the best way to do that is to get a dehumidifier in your home that will extract any moisture. The areas of the home you're most likely to find mould is in the basement, attic and in your bathroom. These areas of the home are usually quite dark and moist which is the perfect breeding ground for mould. To prevent mould in your basement, Bob Villa recommends having your basement walls primed and patched to protect it from floods.

In your bathroom, mould can start growing quite easily in your shower, especially in the corners where the tub meets the wall. The grout or caulk can also gather mould as well. To prevent mould from growing in your bathroom ventilation is key, as well as keeping it clean and dry. Use some plain white vinegar to clean the mould off of the surfaces in your bathroom and keep up with cleaning your bathroom at least once a week. To keep your bathroom ventilated and to control humidity, use an extraction fan to suck out the moisture. Mould can also start growing in your conditioning vents. The dust and dampness are favourable to mould so make sure you replace your air conditioners filters every two to three months. Finding the source of the mould could really save you a lot of trouble. Leaky pipes are often the source of mould growing under your sinks or in the walls. Listen for any dripping sounds and patch up any cracks right away. A leaky roof is also the cause of mould growing on your ceiling. The drips from these leaks can also cause issues in cabinetry and flooring.

You'll also want to keep your carpets clean and dry so that mould doesn't start to fester underneath causing huge issues. Removing footwear is also key for keeping different kinds of bacteria and fungi out of your home. So always leave your shoes at the door. If you have a serious infestation of black mould, you're probably going to want to hire a professional to remove it. One of the cleaning tips from Bob Villa shares how we can get rid of less serious patches of mould in our homes. First mix up one cup of vinegar, one cup of borax, and a gallon of warm water and then spray the areas with this solution and let it sit for overnight. Then use a brush to remove all of the mould, or a scraper to remove any large patches of it. Always make sure to wear protective gear like gloves, eye protection and a face mask to prevent the mould from getting in your system. Using these natural cleaners will take care of the mould and it will prevent it from returning. Use these cleaning tips regularly to keep the mould away.***

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