Preventing Mold: Keep Your House From Going Green

Going green — By Stephanie on January 18, 2011 at 7:50 am
tea tree oil mold removal Preventing Mold: Keep Your House From Going Green

Some cleaning practices can help you prevent mold growth

We all want to save money and energy at home, right?  But there’s one way to go green you’ll want to avoid: Mold!

While you cannot completely avoid mold, the microscopic spores could create problems for your health and your home if you do not prevent its unchecked growth.

Let’s review some simple steps for preventing mold and help keep your house from going green (in that sense of the word!)

First, keep in mind that mold is a living organism.  It requires requires moisture and a food source to thrive. Unfortunately, our homes provide both.  Mold can literally eat away walls, flooring and furniture.  It enjoys the same temperate climate we do – about 70 degrees F, and humidity levels of around 70%.  That makes preventing mold a challenge.  But there are some easy steps to take.

Preventing Mold

  • Use ventilation fans in the bathroom and/or crack the windows to allow steam to escape while you are showering.
  • Blot spills on carpets right away and use a wet/dry vacuum
  • Consider a dehumidifier if you live in a humid or especially rainy region
  • Repair faucet and appliance leaks as soon as possible
  • Prevent standing water
  • Inspect closets, under sinks, and pull back the edges of carpet to look for mold growth
  • Watch bathroom and kitchen tiles for small patches of mold
  • Allow wet shoes to dry in the garage and then sprinkle with baking soda

Why is Mold Bad?

Mold can compromise the structural integrity of your home, if it is allowed to grow unchecked.  Further, mold in a home can cause illnesses ranging from pulmonary conditions (coughing and wheezing, even development of asthma) to irritated nasal passages and sore throats.  Serious fungal respiratory conditions can even result in hospitalization.

What if you Discover Mold in your Home?

In some cases, you can kill mold growth to prevent it from spreading.  Tile can be cleaned with bleach or a vinegar and water (more eco-friendly) solution.  Carpets may be treated with baking soda, unless the growth has spread to the pad.  Then, your best bet is probably just to replace the carpet entirely.

If mold has spread to drywall, however, you will have no choice but to remove and replace the affected wallboard.  The same goes for certain types of flooring like linoleum.

Unfortunately, mold remediation often requires the services of a professional.  Trained personnel will be able to properly dispose of moldy materials to prevent spread of mold spores.  Plus, if you use a professional company, you will likely have some legal recourse in the event something goes wrong during or after the treatment.

Once you have eradicated mold from your home, prevent it from growing again.  Some types of paints and composite woods are resistant to mold growth.  If you go without carpets in your home, you can better mop up spills (plus, it often helps allergies).

Make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent water leaking in.  This will also help you save energy in heating and cooling costs.  Double bonus!

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  2. Wonderful article to kill molds and mildew! Well, I got a dehumidifier and I can say that it is really one of the best and most effective way to prevent and remove moisture in the air that produces the molds! And I recommend this as well to my friends.

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