Methods of dealing with mold in the house
Mold (or molds) willingly settles in moist, warm areas of your home. People can not even understand why they are suffering from headaches, runny nose, wheezing or coughing, itchy eyes and even skin rash. Some types of mold, particularly black mold can cause asthma and serious lung disease. Besides disgusting musty smell of mold is far from pleasant aroma. Unfortunately, many homeowners allow simple mistakes that contribute to the growth of mold.
Bathrooms - a favorite place for the emergence and propagation of mold, as they warm and humid. To maintain the level of humidity at a low level, leave the door open after bathing or showering. If you have not installed ventilation, use an ordinary fan after taking a shower. Let it air drier for about 20 minutes. Always flatten curtain so that it can dry out, and do not drop to the floor wet towels. Best of all, when in the bathroom year round heating works. But in many homes in the summer, heating is switched off, because to deal with mold at this time have been particularly active.
2. Inspect the kitchen
Kitchen - another favorite place for mold, because the room air is often moist. If you cook the soup or boil the kettle, open a window or run the hood as possible. Wipe spills immediately, do not leave water in the sink. Moreover, there may be a mold, so more and cockroaches are very fond of a drink from the sink. Spoon kitchen towel so that it can be aired between uses, regularly wash it with detergent.
3. Boxes do not need
Mold loves moist paper. If you live in a country house and you have a garage, see if there is in it of old cardboard boxes. If, due to high humidity or leaks boxes get wet, then the mold will begin to multiply quickly.
If you can not get out of the box, at least share them with each other to allow air to pass between them. And even better - Put contents into plastic containers with tight lids. To control humidity, use a bowl with activated charcoal.
4. Do not store firewood home
This advice is important for owners of country homes with a stove. Freshly cut wood emit much moisture. Until the wood is completely dry, store firewood outside, in a specially designated place, but not in the garage and not in the living room near the fireplace. Otherwise, moisture and heat may contribute to the rapid growth of mold.
5. A vacuum cleaner - it is important to
Mold spores drift in the air, eventually settling on the floor. They are easy to pick up your feet when you walk on the flat. If the dispute eventually land somewhere wet and intact, they do not miss a chance to immediately begin to grow and divide. To create a colony of mold takes only 1-2 days after the debate found lukewarm and humid place. Required Vacuum all floors, especially carpets and rugs at least once a week to remove dangerous mold spores from your home.
6. Do not overdo it with watering
Many fans of indoor plants green worried about their pet, which require a lot of water. They watered them so hard that the ground turns into a swamp, and the roots begin to rot. This causes the appearance of the fungus. If you notice a layer of white mold on the surface of the soil in the pots with plants, use a spoon to clean out the top few centimeters and replace them with clean, fresh soil. In the future, reduce watering, giving the plants a drink only when the soil is dry about 1, 5-2 cm from the top.
7. leakage - the battle
tiny droplets behind the toilet. Micro-puddle under the kitchen sink. Small traces of moisture close to your washing machine. It seems to be okay. You can probably do nothing. But in this case, you encourage the growth of moisture-loving mold, not to mention the minimum, but the increase in water bills. It is much easier to deal with the leak, while it is still small, and to prevent the spread of mold.
8. This is not just a spot
The spilled on the carpet a glass of water or other beverage may not bother the hostess. Dried, can not see - okay. But as soon as the liquid will leak under the carpet, soaking a pad, it will create an ideal place for blossoming mold. Always remove and dry the spot immediately, even if they are "just water".
9. Watch out for humidity
There are regions where the humidity increased, especially in the summer. People get used to such conditions, but it can become a problem if the humidity in the room is higher than 60 percent. As a result of the condensation of moisture on the walls, floor and windows of the mold (as well as fungi) can grow very quickly. To avoid this, use dehumidifiers. Especially if you live in a house that has a basement.
10. The water enters the house
If your house has a leaking roof, or water gets into it because of the poor quality of windows, after a while you will not only spend money to buy construction materials to repair, but also upset because of the rapid growth of mold. Begin patching dangerous place as early as possible to prevent mildew no chance. Check the windows, inspect the ceiling, corners, glazed balconies and loggias - all places where water can penetrate from the outside.
11. Be careful
Whether it's a damp towel after a shower, you left in the bathroom, or sweaty shirt, shorts or a bathing suit after a visit to the gym, so, in principle, any wet cloth thing - a concrete invitation for mold. You will feel a distinctive musty smell all day, if suitable conditions are unpleasant for the fungus. Flatten and dry towels after each use, immediately wash sweaty clothes or wet or dry it properly before you put the thing in a laundry basket.