If you've ever had a mould problem in your home or in a previous living space, you know what a hassle the cleanup can be and what a serious health risk mould can pose to the members of your household. It's particularly dangerous to individuals with compromised immune systems, young children and the elderly, and anyone with a pre-existing respiratory condition (such as asthma). So keeping mould from setting up shop in your home ever again is pretty high on your to-do list. But since spores can come in with the outside air anytime you open the door, keeping mould away is more a matter of making sure your home doesn't look like the happy hunting grounds for spores looking for a place to settle. Here are three ways you can manage your home's environment to ensure that mould spores never decide it looks like a fun place to stop.
1. Manage the air
The first step is to use a dehumidifier. High humidity encourages mould, and putting a dehumidifier in each room can keep humidity from rising too high. Air circulation is also needed. You can employ small electric fans to keep air moving in areas like the cupboard underneath a sink so humid air can't collect in a pocket there. You should also leave your heat on in winter during the day while you're away at work because mould enjoys growing in a cool environment. Other tips for managing the air include:
- Remember to use the fan in the bathroom to help remove moist air
- Make sure the laundry room is properly vented so that the wet air from the dryer is deposited outside
- Allow fresh air to circulate through your house by opening windows whenever the weather permits it
2. Keep belongings dry
Any spills should be cleaned up immediately. Never let wet laundry sit around, and be sure to dry your towels thoroughly each day. Anything wet is not only an ideal breeding ground for mould but also a source of additional humidity entering the air.
3. Use mould-resistant paint
If you're worried about mould growing on your walls, especially in damper areas like a basement, laundry room, garage, or bathroom, cover the walls with a paint that contains mould suppressants. This will discourage spores from alighting and taking root on these walls even if you do take hot, steamy showers that leave the air in the room damp for a while.
These three steps can help you meticulously manage the atmosphere inside your home to make it a less mould-friendly one. To learn more, contact a company that specializes in mould remediation services from Clean Air Services Inc.