When I say mold, I am referring to the mold that forms on the tub tiles of the bathroom or on some walls in various rooms of the house. Read on to learn more about how mold forms and how to eliminate it.
Mold is constantly present in the air, but will not form unless it is set off by some moisture and food source. Surfaces are rich in nutrients for the mod to develop, while the existence of a little dirt on the surface is just another nutrient for the mold.
Mold is easily detected, even if it is not seen, as it has a unique smell, which is kind of musty and quite unpleasant. Mold can easily grow on almost any surfaces, including wood, paper, drywall, wallpaper or paint, where there is enough moisture.
Although mold is a common thing, there are some ways to keep it away from our home.
First, you need to keep your home clean. One of the best ways to eliminate mold is chlorine bleach and water. To get rid of dirt and dust as well, just add a little detergent to that solution. Please be careful, as mold spores can lead to various respiratory problems, more even if you suffering from asthma, some other breathing problems or if you happen to be allergic to mold.
A common place for mold to grow is in a dark damp basement. Many time unfinished basements are breading grounds for mold. If you live in an area that is prone to a lot of rain you want to make sure your basement stays dry. Installing a water powered sump pump can help keep water from seeping into your basement. If you don’t have all that moisture and standing water in your basement you will have a much smaller chance of mold growing in there.
The next step in getting rid of mold is to reduce the humidity level in your home. This is quite a challenging task, especially if in the winter time you need to heat the air. As we all know, compared to cold air, warm air is moisture rich. Luckily, an air conditioner can easily remove the moisture from the air, circulating dry air from and in the room. On the other hand, if you live for instance in Arizona, you don’t need to worry about such things.
The moisture in the air can be also reduced through air movement, for instance with the use of a fan. Keep in mind that in the absence of proper circulation, bathing and cleaning might add up to three gallons of water to the air on your home.
Mold is also commonly found in corners and underside of the windows, so pay extra attention to these places.
So, to have a mold free home, keep your home clean, dry and cool, with extra attention after a shower and bath.