Effective Ways to Eliminate Mold in the House
Brief overview of mold
Mold is a kind of fungus which is made up of small organisms called spores, that come in a variety of colors, and when they grow in damp places (bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement, crawl spaces), it can release these spores, which when inhaled may lead to health problems, such as allergies, asthma, red eyes, skin rashes, sneezing, runny nose, shortness of breath.
The presence of moisture in the interior air of the house may lead to mold growth, but if there is already the existence of mold in the house, it’s important to remove the mold and fix the problem of dampness so as not to induce another chance for mold to develop; here are ways to control the mold growth in the house – use dehumifiers and air-conditioners when the climate is hot and humid to reduce air moisture; make sure that the air conditioning drip pans are always clean, free of obstructions and flow properly; keep the house warm during cold seasons, since moisture is present on cold surfaces, therefore, provide insulation to cold surfaces, like exterior walls, floors, windows; dry wet areas in the house within 24 to 48 hours; fix leaks or seepages; always have regular maintenance checks on the heating and cooling system of the house; open doors between rooms to increase circulation.
Since family members flock around the kitchen to cook or eat, it is important to make immediate steps to control or eliminate mold growth in this area following these procedures: use exhaust fans to remove the moisture out when cooking; when washing dishes or cleaning, keep the wash area and kitchen area dry; when there is moisture presence on windows, turn off certain appliances near the windows; check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice maker, and other water sources; empty and clean refrigerator drip pans.
Eliminating mold in the basement and crawl spaces
The most likely areas to get damp are the basement and crawl spaces, that’s why they should be given prime considerations to control or eliminate mold growth by using these measures: put plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from entering from the ground; see to it that crawl spaces are ventilated using installed vents in outside walls; paint concrete floors or use rugs to cover floors in basements; check for leaks on the basement floors; check on gutters; if the laundry is in the basement, vent the clothes dryer to the outside; check the vent of any obstructions; avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket.
Controlling mold growth in the bathroom
Bathrooms have the most opportunities for lots of moisture to be produced, therefore, to control or remove mold growth, follow these procedures: use exhaust fans to remove moisture; use area rugs as carpeting on the bathroom floors; check for leaks on tubs and basins; open the window when taking a shower; avoid leaving damp towels on the floor.