When you think about caring for your family’s health, whole house ventilation is probably not what first comes to mind. But mold inside your home can lead to an array of health problems. People with allergies or compromised immune systems may suffer serious complications from the presence of mold in their environment, while healthy people often develop nasal stuffiness or chronic coughs. It’s not always easy to spot the presence of mold, and mold spores can easily reproduce even on clean surfaces. The following tips will help you keep your home safe and free from mold-related toxins.
Dry Any Wet Materials Quickly
Mold spores enter your house on shoes and clothing, and they can grow within two days given the right conditions. If you leave wet towels on the floor or damp camping gear piled in the basement, you’re putting out the welcome mat for colonies of mold.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces
Sinks and floors that stay wet most of the time are favorite places for mold organisms. Luckily, these surfaces tend to be nonporous, so they are easy to clean and disinfect. You can choose from a variety of cleaners, including household bleach and hydrogen peroxide, to eliminate any early mold growth.
Run an Exhaust Fan During and After Showers
During a shower, moisture gets into every nook and cranny and can be hard to dry off. Leaving damp air in the bathroom allows mold to establish itself invisibly in these tiny hidden areas. Exhaust fans are a good way to minimize the moisture left in the air after showering, and it’s important to leave them running for some time after you turn off the water.
Fix Plumbing Leaks and Seepage
Household plumbing inevitably deteriorates, and faulty pipes or joints may develop very slow, seeping leaks. Basement moisture control can be challenging when surrounding wallboard is moistened by gradual seepage. Once you repair your pipes, you’ll need some type of air filtration system to restore and maintain optimum air quality.
Increase the Flow of Air Within Your Home
Every home has areas where the air stays more humid, especially in basements and bathrooms. Dehumidifiers only solve part of the problem because they affect just one small zone. It’s a good idea to leave doors open and move furniture away from walls in order to facilitate air circulation. A WAVE ventilation system will improve the air flow throughout your entire home, moving warm dry air through confined areas where moisture accumulates.
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