Living in Portland, where it is notoriously known for long and wet winters, most people are aware of what mold is. Mold is one of the more commonly known indoor pollutant. But just in case you don’t know, here’s a quick overview. Mold is a result from dampness and residual water. Most likely people don’t even know there is a problem until there are visible signs of water damage. Generally there are two ways that mold can enter your home without your knowledge, the first being an internal source like leaking water from pipes. The second can be an external source comparable to rainwater. But the result is the same; dampness and wet areas. Damp areas become a problem when it effects different parts of the house like rugs, walls, and titles. When these area are effected for long periods of time, that’s when mold start to develop. Dampness is the leading source of where bacteria and fungus grow. What most people don’t realize is mold can destroy an entire house, especially if mold gets into the interior spaces where it can infect the insulation, then interior structure or even worse the foundation of the house could be destroyed. When you think about it that way then mold becomes a serious and scary pollutant. And the worst part about it is mold can anywhere; outdoor and indoor.
There are ten things you should know about mold:
- There are series health effects that are caused by mold, that include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory diseases.
- There is no real way of eliminating mold spores once it’s containment an indoor space. Controlling moisture is the only real way to control mold.
- If there is a leak, find and fix it!
- Heavily clean the affected area.
- Find ways to reduce humidity, you can do this by venting your using air conditioners and de-humidifiers, Increasing ventilation with exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing and cleaning.
- Clean and clean some more any areas that has been effected.
- Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
- Prevent condensation by adding insulation
- With areas that might be potential dangers do not put carpeting or water sources, like fountains.
- You can clean mold off with water, detergent and other soaps. But most importantly dry everything completely when you’re finished.
Mold can be easily prevented by just being aware of your surroundings. Be active and look around, your home could be in danger.