The Effects Of Mold And Mildew Growing In Your Home

by HGExpo.com on 01/30/2015 - 11:20 am

Categories: Garage/Basement/Storage, Home Exteriors

By Michael Palubiak

Owner, Perfect Power Wash

None of us wants to see dark blotches of mold or mildew ringing bathroom faucets, growing on basement carpets, or lining window frames. In substantial quantities, mold and mildew are both ugly and smelly.

But aesthetics aside, did you know their presence can be unhealthy, too?

Even otherwise vigorous people can experience nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, or throat, eye, and skin irritation when they inhale or touch mold or mildew. And for folks suffering from allergies, compromised immune systems, or lung ailments, there is an increased risk of developing lung infections.

It is impossible to get rid of every mold spore in your home—and that’s okay. Trace amounts of mold and mildew are normal and pose little or no risk. But it is important to minimize the formation of mold and mildew so that it does not grow. If it does develop substantially, you need to get rid of it—pronto.

Mold forms in wet environments, such as when a flood occurs, and typically enters homes through windows and pipes. Once inside, it can grow on wallpaper, carpet, drapes, and upholstered furniture, as well as on cardboard boxes, wood, ceiling tiles, and other building materials. Mold may be black, white, orange, green, or purple.

Here are several ways to keep mold and mildew—and mold-related health complications—at bay:

Control Humidity

Keep the humidity in your home below 50 percent. Depending on the environment, a humidifier or dehumidifier can be helpful.

Fix Leaks Immediately

Any leak, including those from kitchen faucets or ceiling tiles, can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Don’t Ignore Flooding

If the basement floods following a rainstorm or the bathroom pipes burst, thoroughly clean and dry, dry, dry the area—the sooner the better. Harmful levels of mold can form in less than two days, so consider calling in a professional cleaning company that specializes in this work. It may be necessary to discard saturated furniture, rugs, and drapes.

Ventilate

Properly ventilate laundry areas, kitchens, and bathrooms so moisture does not form. Laundry dryers should vent to the outside. Use fans in the bathroom. Run fans and open doors throughout the home to increase circulation.

Clean

Empty and scrub air conditioning and refrigerator drip pans regularly.

Insulate

Installing insulation in the attic reduces condensation.

Gauge the Gutters

Make sure they are unclogged and operational.

Perfect Power Wash is located at 3443 Summit Road, in Norton. The phone number is 216-609-3798 and the website is PerfectPowerWash.com.