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Handling Household Mold

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Mold is a dangerous yet common element in your home. It could cause serious health problems and even death to extra sensitive persons. It also poses threat to your home structure just like termite invasion. A mold is a fungus that reproduces through creating pores that work like seeds.

Controlling it should be on your mind. The first thing you can do is to know and to recognize its nature and its looks. It is a living organism whose task is to destroy dead tissues. Since this is an essential role, you do not want to interfere with nature and stop it from its duty. It grows in moist areas and if unchecked, may spread into nearby habitable materials. It requires moisture, air and food. It grows on rotting wood, grass, compost piles, bathrooms, and basement and inside the walls or anywhere it suits.

Mold exposure could lead to eye and skin irritation, respiratory and serious illnesses. You may clean it up yourself, but a professional is recommended to do it for you. However, for small areas that are less than ten feet square, you can do the cleaning up yourself. You must first establish if it is indeed mold by spraying a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the area. It is mold when it foams. Ask your local hardware for an EPA approved product to kill it. Although some will recommend you use only detergent and water, this is only applicable for small areas.

Get a professional help if the area is more than ten square feet because chances are you might spread it further. Mold spores could get in your heating ducts or ventilation and will spread throughout your home. Ensure you get more information and references through the internet of the kinds of mold you see and suspect infecting your home before you talk to a professional to clean it.

To minimize infestation, here is what you can do:

  1. Make sure that home humidity is between 40 to 60 percent. During humid weather, turn on your air conditioner, humidifier or both. Your home should be well ventilated.

  2. Before you paint, add a mold-inhibiting agent on the paint.

  3. Clean and scrub bathrooms at regular times with cleaning agents designed to kill molds.

  4. Avoid putting carpets on moist or damp areas such as the basement and the bathroom.

Although mold spores are originally invisible, once it grows, it becomes visible. If you know what to look for, it is easy to spot it. You will notice it since it represents discoloration or spots of black, grey, green, brown and other colors. Some molds are invisible and the hardest to recognize until it causes damage to your home or illness to persons. Do not rely on visual inspections alone but your nose too. Invisible mold can be detected by its musty smell.

The important thing of handling household mold is to maintain the inside of your home dry. You may not be able to completely destroy it, but at least you will be able to prevent it from spreading and creating damage to your home and cause illness on your family.
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