How to Prevent and Protect Against Mold
You may notice some funny, unfamiliar smells in your home and not realize how dangerous they can be to your health. This more than likely is mold and mildew. These agents can weaken the integrity of your home and ruin your family’s health. You can protect your house and family from these dangerous invaders with some simple tips.
Where Mold and Mildew Creep In
Mildew loves to grow in places like closets, dresser drawers, and of course basements. These locations can create the ideal environment for mildew growth with the right temperature and any amount of moisture. Keep these areas clean as well as thoroughly clean any articles of clothing or items you store in them.
Limit the Moisture in Your Air
To limit the amount of mold spores floating in the air of your home, you need to reduce the moisture. Making sure your air conditioning unit is properly working because cooler temperatures are an inhospitable place for these spores. Dehumidifiers are also useful in basements and other parts of your home as they pull moisture out of the air.
Keep All Surfaces Dry
Defeating dampness is one of the most important factors in combating mold and mildew. Mold spores are prevalent throughout the air we breath and if you have surfaces where water pools, these spores will land there and grow. Waterproofing any cracks and crevices as well as staying on top of any leaks will prevent a mold and mildew takeover in your home.
Odors Might Mean You Have Mold or Mildew
Musty Odors are an alarming indicator that you may have been invaded by mold and mildew. To remove the musty scent in your basement sprinkle chlorinated lime and let it set until the smell disappears then sweep it up. For cement floors and your tiled bathroom walls use a diluted solution of sodium hypochlorite or chlorine bleach, keep your windows open while you wipe the area and don’t close your windows until the area is completely dry.
Beating Mold and Mildew with Chemicals
There are chemical alternatives available to you if you find that most conventional means just aren’t working. You can purchase granules of anhydrous calcium sulfate, silica gel, or activated alumina. Place them in a cloth bag or in an open container and put it in the closet, on a shelf, or out on the floor. These chemicals aren’t harmful to fabrics and can be reused repeatedly.
Mold and Mildew Can Be Fatal
Mold and mildew invasion is very serious, with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) statistics showing that over 7 million people died as a result of these air pollutants. There are plenty of easy steps you can utilize in removing mold and mildew from your home. Sometimes you may need to contact a professional with reinforcements for your battle, but don’t be worried, your home and your health can be protected against these pesky invaders!
Contact Florida Catastrophe today with your have mold and mildew concerns so we can inspect your home!