Mold is always a concern for households, but the recent flooding and high levels of rain have increased the likely of mold development. While it’s impossible to avoid any mold at all, there are steps that can prevent mold from growing to toxic levels in your home.
In areas of high moisture, mold can develop in as little as 24 hours. Once it’s started to grow, it can cause negative health effects for all members of the household. Respiratory infections, headaches, sinus infections, muscle pain and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that can be caused by exposure to mold.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Mold is most likely to develop in wet and moist places, especially where moisture lingers for a long period of time. Leaks are the most common cause of mold, but it can also develop in dank places and after floods leave areas wet for extended times. Common leaks that contribute to mold occur around appliances, roofs, sinks, and windows. Anywhere that collects condensation can become a target for mold growth, so be sure to thoroughly examine these areas, especially after rain.
Prevent Mold Growth
Here are some basic tips to reduce the chances of mold growing inside your home.
- Reduce moisture in the air with a dehumidifier and air conditioner
- Dry any wet areas or items within 24 hours, especially in areas with fiber, such as carpet and furniture.
- Clean drip pans from your air conditioner, refrigerator and other large appliances
- Open doors and use fans in the home to increase circulation, bringing fresh air to otherwise closed areas
- Use the exhaust fan in your kitchen to remove moisture from steam when you cook
- Provide a vent from your dryer to the outside, and inspect it regularly for obstructions or leaks
- Open a window or use a fan when showering to prevent moisture from lingering
- Avoid leaving damp towels or clothes bundled up
- Consult a professional if your carpet is wet so that the padding underneath can be replaced if necessary
Thoroughly cleaning your home, including spaces that are rarely accessed can ensure that you spot any developing mold or dampness that could lead to mold. If you struggle to find time for a thorough cleaning, you can always schedule a cleaning with your local maid service. Protect your family’s health by taking the issue of mold seriously and preventing it before it begins.