You probably understand the basic aesthetic reasons for preventing the growth of mold in your home but I'm going to take you a little more behind the scenes. Mold is most frequently found around windowsills and door frames as well as in less visible areas such as in the basement and behind washers and dishwashers. It can eat away at your house's finishing and can also ruin furniture while giving off an unpleasant musky smell. Many people don't realize that mold has potentially serious health effects:
mold in the home doubles the risk of asthma in children, and some types of molds are also highly toxic.
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Following some basic tips can make this a relatively easy process:
The first consideration in preventing mold is where your home is located. Temperate coastal locations and those with high rainfalls are prime locations for moldy houses. Homeowners in these areas must be vigilant in preventing the growth of mold within their homes and consider measures to prevent mold growth.
Preventing Mold in the Home
A few tips to prevent the growth of mold is to:
- Identify the areas in your house where moisture is most likely to accumulate and clean the area frequently, this includes:
- the bathtub and showers,
- underneath your sink where the pipes are and
- behind appliances such as your washer and dishwasher
Remember that steam is just water heated up, and will eventually condense to form water.
2. You should have an outlet for the steam, and always check any areas of your house where steam will accumulate, such as:
- the spots where your ceiling adjoins your wall in the kitchen and laundry room.
These areas should all be cleaned frequently, and any leaks or cracks in your piping need to be addressed immediately in order to prevent mold growth.
Proper air circulation is key in preventing the growth of mold. Limiting the humidity of the air in your home will deny mold the chance to obtain the stale amounts of oxygen it needs to thrive. Dehumidifiers and air conditioning are great methods to employ against mold accumulation.